During the middle 1990s, Volkswagen partnered with Wisconsin bicycle manufacturer Trek and sold Trek Edition Jettas, complete with a Trek mountain bike and roof rack. Ford marketers saw an opportunity to out-cool Volkswagen in the bicycle-car pairing department, and figured they’d go to the Pacific Northwest for the bike to include with their biked-up Focus.
Thus was the Kona Edition Focus born, and I managed to find one of these rarities in a self-service wrecking yard in California’s Central Valley.
The Kona Edition Focus came with a Blast mountain bike, made by the Kona Bicycle Company in Washington. Unfortunately for Ford and Kona, crank bolt problems led to what must be the first-ever automaker-issued bicycle recall.
The side moldings on the Kona Focus looked like mountain-bike tracks, which looked a lot better than the horrifying bike-themed upholstery in the Trek Jetta.
This one got forcibly retired after an airbag-deploying crash.
Was the driver on his way to the San Francisco Narcotics Anonymous Men’s Breakfast Committee Fall Dance when the crash occurred? Probably not, given the age of the flyer.
It looks as though some junkyard shopper wanted the front subframe but not the engine.
It’s likely the bicycle outlived the car in this case. Could it be this one?