SEATTLE – Ford Motor Co. is counting on its ’08 Focus to zero in on what it says is a global downsizing trend and grab a greater chunk of the growing small-car sector in North America. “You might say (the atmosphere) of excess might be at a tipping point right now,” Sheryl Connelly, Ford’s global trends and “futuring” manager, says at a media event here to unveil the new car. “There are signals in the marketplace to suggest consumers are (making) purchases with a more balanced, rational, ...

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