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So I got to thinking about how the focus is now a global car and no matter where you buy one, for the most part, it's the same car. some minor cosmetic differences, but all basically the same. Since this is the case, I am activly researching how I can order my RS with right hand drive.

I've gotten two answers from two dealerships. Both of which I am willing to do.

1. Dealer 1 said that I can just order one that way since it's all coming from one factory anyways. Just might take awhile.

2. Dealer 2 said That I would have to purchase the car from an overseas dealership in person, take physical delivery of it, and then have it shipped here on my own dime.

Why RHD? Being a person that likes to set himself apart from the crowd, why not start with a platform that is already different. You would be hard pressed to find another like it as most will be lhd here in the states.

my only concerns would be:
Depending on what country I got it from, I may not understand anything that Sync says and the GPS would be worthless to me here in the sates.
Also depending on the country I purchased it from, the gauge readouts might be in something other than miles/fahrenheit.

Your thoughts? Am I missing anything?
 

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You could learn the language of the country from which you get the FoRS :p

Pretty sure you could update the NAV with North American maps.

It's pretty cool to be different most of the time. I don't think a RHD FoRS would be a bad thing. You'd definitely have something unique here in North America with RHD.

On a more serious note, it will probably hurt resale/trade-in value as most folks here would probably be looking for LHD. If you never intend to sell or trade-in the FoRS, that won't be an issue.
 

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oh wow. I thought you were joking when you posted in my thread! no, north American cars can't be ordered with RHD. You would have to ship in from overseas, which would therefore mean a lot of the emissions systems would be wrong. It would cost you a fortune.
 

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What you are forgetting about this 'global car' is that there is still a percentage of parts that are different to EU & US vehicles. A Focus ST I can buy here in the UK is only 80% the same as a Focus ST you can buy in the USA. You have different regulations hence the extra reflectors and lighting positions just for starters.


If you truly want to set your US RS apart, I would suggest focusing on just importing over the parts that will not be fitted to the US spec vehicle. Such as the Recaro Sportster CS bucket seats and rear diffusor with LED fog light.
 

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What if you are a rural mail carrier for the USPS, can you get a car with RHD then? I've seen a few...
You might be on to something. Because we get quite a few of those around here. Mostly jeeps. But there are a couple toyotas I see running around. I wonder if someone could pull that off for an RS I find it unlikely. But it may be a possibility.


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You might be on to something. Because we get quite a few of those around here. Mostly jeeps. But there are a couple toyotas I see running around. I wonder if someone could pull that off for an RS I find it unlikely. But it may be a possibility.


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There is plenty of room for mail in an RS!!! There are a few jeeps and minivans around here that I have seen too.
 

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Reverse? It would make it more interesting that way anyway. :)
Ive actually had to do that once when my window motor was broken and i was being super lazy. The lady "behind" me wasnt too happy being blinded while ordering. I dont think id want to do that on a daily basis :p
 

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Ive actually had to do that once when my window motor was broken and i was being super lazy. The lady "behind" me wasnt too happy being blinded while ordering. I dont think id want to do that on a daily basis :p
That wasn't in your current vehicle was it?
 

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I'll be in a few meetings with ford execs over the next few months about some SEMA builds I'm a part of. Henry Ford III will be there too. I'll ask them to make it happen for me :). Never hurts to ask
 

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Getting a car from overseas imported would likely be very costly. Needs new lights on the front with the correct light pattern due to most RHD markets also being "drive on left" side of the road to no cause an excessive glare to oncoming traffic. Some markets would not have glass meeting DOT standards, not to mention safety equipment (door pillars) and such. Best option if it can be done would the special order through local dealer so that they know the market is "drive on right" and the needed safety/emissions. Otherwise you are going through an importer and I've heard they can add 12k to some cars as there are few places that can legally import a foreign car for use on the street.
 

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I can appreciate wanting to stand out from the crowd...but this? This is like standing out by dressing in purple velvet, yeah people will stare but not for the right reasons lol. It will cost you a fortune, it will be impossible to sell, it will be difficult and probably more expensive to get insured, and last but not least it isn't safe. Your visibility is cut down in a RHD car when making left-hand turns and your seat will be the one getting t-boned.
 
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