The Ford Focus has always had an interesting history in South Africa – Ford aficionados were always impressed by its interesting looks and good engines. The VW and Toyota faithful – not so much. There was just not enough to make these buyers sit up and notice.
But Ford had a long hard look at what the Germans and Japanese were doing in this space, and decided to change their current lineup with somewhat better options and the new SYNC systems.
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Following realization that Porsche’s current assembly plants in Zuffenhausen, near Stuttgart, and Leipzig are too small to meet their high demands, the company is now looking to start production from North America and China. The plan is aimed at hitting the predicted global sales of 200,000 units.
American auto manufacturer Ford will display its new 2012 Ford Focus ST in the upcoming Paris Auto Show in the month of October. The new model will feature a new EcoBoost engine that is likely to be similar to the 2.5-liter turbocharged engines present in existing Ford models such as the Galaxy, S-Max and Mondeo.
The EcoBoost unit in the next Focus ST could provide as much as 300 bhp of power and will employ the torque vectoring technology created by Ford to channel that power to the front wheels of the car and to help the car grip the road as much as possible.
The new Focus ST will also be capable of bursting from 0 to 100 kmph speeds in a matter of 6 seconds and has a maximum speed of 250 kmph (155 mph). It will also be more fuel efficient than the existing Focus ST model and is expected to release in 2011, after the Europe launch of the hatchback and wagon variant of the Ford Focus in April 2011.
The Ford Focus RS500 limited edition which is being sold to wind up the production of the current generation Focus model has been detailed earlier than expected. Ford has stated ‘overwhelming interest’ in the hatchback as the reason for the early revelation of this commuter. The RS500 will be limited to 500 units and it will be sold in 20 European markets beginning in May.
The exclusive model comes with a 2.5-liter five-cylinder motor that produces 345hp with 460Nm of torque. Compared to the basic current generation Ford Focus model, this edition dashes 0.3 seconds quicker to the 100km/h mark , clocking a hasty 5.6 seconds. The top speed is also an appreciable 265km/h thanks to an updated ECU, a bigger air filter, a larger air intercooler and a widened downpipe. Custom RS500 limited edition signs include a console-mounted metal plate engraved with the car ID number, Recaro seats, a six-disc Sony Audio System and dual-zone climate control.
Ford Focus, the small family car which has taken the world captive with its astounding sales numbers is back again adorning an all new look. Spies have managed to capture a test mule of the 2011 Ford Focus Hatchback for the very first time. Prior of this, the spy photographers managed to capture the Sedan and Wagon versions but the Hatchback was a mystery until now. The Focus will be available for purchase in 2010 as a 2011 model and will hopefully be coming with several different versions of turbocharged engines. There might also be an electric version of the Focus getting readied for sales in America. But am I the only one who doesn’t think it’s thaaaaat great? [via WCF]
Debuted at the British Auto Show a couple of months ago, the new Ford Focus RS has officially made it to production. With a sporty exterior that features a black grille, some sporty hood vents, a rear spoiler and diffuser, a dual exhaust, 19-inch wheels and Recaro wheels, the RS looks pretty mean. And it is mean. Under the hood there’s a five-cylinder 2.5l turbocharged engine that sports 296hp and gets the car from still to 60mph in just 5.9 seconds. Top speed is 155mph (electronically topped) but should easily reach 160 mph if the limiter would be removed. As for the price, in UK they’re expecting it to sell for a bit below £25,000 (some $30,000).
The middle class battle is getting crazier and crazier now that the new Ford Focus leaked on the Internet. The guys at Auto Express published a rendering of how this little fella might look like. Other than the aggressive look they’ve also got some specs and we’re interested.
The EcoBoost engines start with the 1.0 liter that develops 89 to 109 hp and the best looking is the 1.6 liter turbo that sports from 148 to 178hp. Of course there are diesel engines, too. I’m talking of a 1.6 liter TDCi ranging from 89 to 128 hp and a 2.0 liter that outputs from 168hp to 197hp. It looks like Scirocco and the new Megane will have a “pretty” competitor by the end of 2010 when it’s supposed to go on sale. – via AU