Ford Focus towing in the Alps - Fiberglass RV

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Old 03-24-2013, 01:45 PM   #1
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Ford Focus towing in the Alps

Interesting.... apparently this car gets a 3,000lb+ tow rating in Europe.
It seems to handle the climbs well with trailer in tow.

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Old 03-25-2013, 11:39 AM   #2
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Interesting.... apparently this car gets a 3,000lb+ tow rating in Europe.
Yeah, but that's an "I want to die soon" Yurpeen rating, over here on the death wish continent. Obviously a thunderbolt from the gods is the very least a North Merkan driver could expect if they tried to tow the same weight.


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Old 06-30-2013, 10:24 PM   #3
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Right, those cheese-eaters get English pounds and US Pounds confused, (or at least I do, when I hear Top Gear raving about "this 90-thousand-pound supercar goes naught to sixty in three seconds!!" Then they don't know the difference between pounds and kilograms, since tow ratings are usually identical in both units, depending on the nation where sold. My VW Tiguan is rated for just 2,200 lbs here, but 2,200 kg in Europe. Having just towed with mine over six Colorado passes, I found zero performance problems at that weight in pounds, so I'd bet that on easy, level terrain, the KG rating would be reasonable.

The thing to remember is that tow ratings aren't set by performance testing or strict engineering formulas. I'd suspect the legal and marketing departments get the final say. Most Europeans seem to want compact tow cars that are city-friendly, and they get that by nudging our tow ratings upwards. Meanwhile, US makers have a glut of profitable heavy-duty SUVs and trucks to sell, so they have reason to trim the ratings, pushing tow customers up-market. Heck, VW probably would have preferred I buy a Toureg for $10,000 more- so they lower the Tiguan's rating to 2,200 lbs. That's 200 lbs less than a Forester with a 4-speed transmission and no turbo, with 70 lbs-ft less torque, and a saggy-butted rear suspension. Figure that out?
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Oooooooooo! Austria! We'll be on the Grossglockner road this year and will be hiking those alps! Grossglockner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia We'll be on the lookout for that camouflaged Ford Focus. I doubt we'll be able to see it set against those snow-covered mountains! I'm only sorry we won't be able to bring our Scamp along. Perhaps we'll be renting a Ford Focus, though.
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