Ford Focus

Ford Focus

A lot of people might not know this but the new Ford Focus has will only be making its debut at the SEMA Auto Show this year. That’s probably why Ford decided to roll out a fleet of Focus models to the event, all of which were tuned by a different aftermarket company.

One of the Focus models scheduled to attend SEMA comes by way of Bojix Design, which is no stranger to modifications on the Focus after already boasting of a number of programs for the sports hatch.

For the SEMA-bound model, Bojix decided to add a little European flair to the car, complete with an aggressive styling that includes a Bojix body kit, a 3dCarbon upper roof spoiler, a set of 20" Rennen M10 wheels on the exterior. As far as the interior is concerned, the changes come in the form of Katzkin leather seating surfaces and door panels, Alcantara-covered surfaces, and a new Accele rearview mirror that features a panoramic view.

In addition to the Focus dress-up, Bojix Design also gave some technical improvements, including a chassis that comes with a new H&R Sport Springs lowering kit, Bojix rear cross-drilled rotors, and an AP Racing big brake kit.

The second customized Ford Focus to be displayed at SEMA Show next to the Focus by ROUSH Performance comes from Capaldi Racing. Their package includes significant engine upgrades and an impressive aerodynamic package.

For the engine upgrades the tuner s offering: a Borla cat-back dual-outlet exhaust, Ford Racing Performance Parts Torsen differential, Green Filter custom intake, AST Sport-Line suspension and Ford Racing Performance Parts-tuned sway bars. However, the tuner did not revealed the final specs for their car, but you should expect great numbers considering all the changes they have made.

Next to the engine upgrade the tuner is also offering a pretty impressive exterior package. It include Visteon European Focus headlamps with HID and LED technology and Capaldi Racing front splitter and dual-outlet insert. And while all we have at this point is a teaser image, we have to admit we really enjoy the gray and orange combination used for the upgraded Focus.

Usually when you say "Roush Performance " you automatically think about a customized Mustang. But the tuner has decided is time to do things a little bit different. So, at this year’s SEMA Show the tuner came with a customized Focus just as a proof that than can customize any car in the world.

The most impressive job has been made under the hood. n here Roush has used a 2.0 liter supercharged engine equipped with a ROUSH TVS 900 ROUSHcharger. This helped the engine to deliver an impressive 230 HP and 210ft.lbs of torque.

Next to the engine updates Roush is also offering a pretty impressive package for the exterior including: a Roush front fascia grille inserts, chin splitter and custom graphics. Sherwin-Williams custom matte paint and Ford Genuine Accessories roof spoiler also help it stand apart from the crowd.

Updated 11/01/2011: This review has been updated with full specifications, images and details.

Hit the jump for the full components list.

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Ford Capri

At the end of 2010, Ford’s Design boss, Martin Smith, stated that the company was on the verge of creating new and exciting products to build on their already successful model lineup. The new ideas behind these products were brought to life at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show with the Ford Evos Concept and in continuation of Smith’s laid out plan, we think this concept was just a preview of the future revival of the Capri name.

The model name Capri was used by Ford for three different generation models: one from 1961 to 1964, one from 1969 to 1986, and another one from 1989 to 1994. The future Capri will be a coupe version of the current generation Ford Focus that will also give birth to a convertible model down the line. J Mays, the company’s chief designer, states that there is enough room at the front of the Evos Concept to fit one of Ford’s 4- or 6-cylinder engines, so we expect the future Capri to be toting one of those options. It may even come packing the new Ford Focus ST’s 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine delivering 247 HP.

Expect to see the new Ford Capri in 2012 with a starting price of about $30,000.

One of the big models unveiled on Ford ’s booth for the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show was the Ford Focus ST , but in the ST’s shadow is the race-tweaked, production-based Focus ST-R. The Focus ST-R is purpose-built for the track by Ford Racing in North America and will be available for racing teams soon.

The production based Focus ST-R features stock body panels and production parts where possible. The company is insistent that it is a fully-prepared race car that will only need communications equipment and decals to head to the track.

"We’re thrilled to be taking the Focus ST-R from concept to reality for motorsport enthusiasts initially in North America and potentially around the world," said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. "The previous turn-key race cars we developed for North American racing have been hugely successful, so we are hopeful that the ST-R will be the first such vehicle for global series and as a direct result of the company’s global platform strategy and our technical support program for motorsport applications of Focus and Fiesta models."

UPDATE 11/07/2011: The Focus ST-R made its North American debut in Las Vegas at the 2011 SEMA Show, giving us the perfect opportunity to get some fresh images of the vehicle. Check them out in the picture gallery!

UPDATE 12/15/11: Ford has officially announced the pricing details of the race-spec Ford Focus ST-R and we must advise those that are interested in the car: hold on to your drinks, fellas. The Focus ST-R has been priced at $98,995. Wow.

UPDATE 01/20/12: Global RallyCross Champion and founding member of the Octane Academy Tanner Foust spent a day at Homestead-Miami Speedway last week testing the racing prototype Focus ST-R. Check out the video of his experience!

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Ford Focus Electric

Ford had big plans for the roll out of its 2013 Ford Focus Electric , which had been set to launch in 19 markets by the end of 2011. Instead, Ford will introduce the car in just the New York and California markets by the end of the year. The automaker didn’t elaborate, but limiting the release is a better way to monitor customer satisfaction and product issues than undergoing a simultaneous launch in 19 cities. Perhaps Ford is also testing the waters for EV demand, since sales of both the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf have thus far failed to live up to the pre-launch hype.

The remainder of the original Focus Electric launch markets, located from coast to coast, have been told to expect the car to launch next spring. We suppose that depends upon the success of the Focus Electric launches in California and New York, as well as the overall consumer interest in the car. Like the Nissan Leaf, the Ford Focus Electric is a battery powered EV with no range extending generator (like the Chevy Volt or the Fisker Karma ). It features a 23 kwh, temperature-stabilized lithium-ion battery pack that should provide a range of up to 100 miles, making it range-competitive with the Leaf. Ford has yet to release pricing, but we expect the Focus Electric to be priced on par with the Leaf.

Over in Brazil, Nissan found itself in hot water after one of their commercials directed at Ford drew the ire of the American automaker’s Brazilian arm.

The music-video style parody commercial that Nissan released features two men representing Ford engineers, dressed to the absolute nines decked with gold chains, rings, and fur coats, while sipping champagne and flocked by a multitude of scantily-clad women. Oh, and if you didn’t notice, there’s also a Ford Focus in the background. Yep, a Ford Focus in a Nissan commercial.

While the TV spot isn’t in English, the lyrics, when translated to Portuguese, translate to something like "All the luxury that I got, I got it with your money" and "Don’t weep because you’re paying extra money — your money was well spent, look what I do with it."

Obviously, the whole commercial didn’t sit too well with Ford, who thought that Nissan was sending a message to consumers that the Focus is overpriced in Brazil compared to the Japanese automaker’s Tiida sub-compact (it’s called the Versa in our neck of the woods). While there’s some truth to it - the Tiida is actually cheaper by a little under $2,000 in Brazil compared to the Focus - Ford didn’t like the way Nissan portrayed their company.

Ford’s lawsuit prompted Nissan to pull the television commercial, but apparently, not before the video found its way on the Internet. With the web being a lot more expansive and lenient than any form of medium these days, Ford’s going to have a hard time curtailing the showing of this Nissan ad.

Source: Reuters

Ford has announced the arrival of the Focus ECOnetic, one of the most fuel efficiency models in the compact class. The ECOnetic has a fuel economy of 80mpg on the combined cycle. It will go on sale in early 2012 in both five-door and estate bodystyles.

"The Focus ECOnetic is a testament to our company’s relentless drive for technological innovation and commitment to environmental leadership," says Gunnar Herrmann, Ford’s global medium car line director. "It’s also going to be a great car to drive."

The new Focus ECOnetic is powered by a 1.6-liter Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel which has been optimized for enhanced fuel efficiency, with a new injection system and turbocharger, enhanced charge cooling, and further friction reduction measures. The engine is mated to a new six-speed Durashift manual transmission which has been optimized to eliminate frictional losses, and utilizes special low friction transmission oil.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Ford Focus ECOnetic.

Ford has unveiled their first ever fuel-free, rechargeable passenger car at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. In fact, Ford says this will be the first of five total fuel-free vehicles they plan on revealing. The new Focus Electric will be offered in both North America and Europe by late 2011 and is Ford’s response to the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf . We knew it would come eventually, we just didn’t they were planning on bringing a whole troop of fuel-free vehicles to go up against the competition.

The new Ford Focus Electric will be launched with a series of new technologies including a unique version of the MyFord Touch driver connect system especially for electric vehicles, a new value charging feature powered by Microsoft, and a smartphone app called MyFord Mobile that helps plug-in owners control their vehicles remotely.

The model uses a Ford-engineered lithium-ion battery pack that can be charged using the recommended 240-volt wall-mounted charge station (sold separately) or the 120-volt convenience cord that comes with the vehicle. According to Ford it delivers a mile-per-gallon equivalent better than the Chevrolet Volt.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Ford Focus Electric.

Tattoos are an artistic form of expression that are forever imprinted on your body. They are a big thing nowadays, with people transforming their whole bodies into this said artwork. Well, now Ford America has announced that Custom Graphics - hence the tattoo reference - are available for the 2012 Focus . They are priced from $120 to $470, but these, unlike their real counterparts, can easily be removed.

The customizations graphic list includes more than 200 unique vinyl wraps starting from geometric patterns to racing stripes and are with 3M Scotchprint Personalized Vehicle Graphic Film plus a clear graphic protection layer.

"Millennials have a very personalized, artistic side to their lifestyle, and their vehicle is a very important part of that," said KC Dallia, Focus brand manager. "With its striking front end, sleek profile, dramatic rising beltline and athletic stance, the Focus provides the perfect canvas for customization."

"People are holding on to their vehicles longer, and the way we identify ourselves today may not be the way we want to express ourselves tomorrow," she said. "Customers can easily change the tattoos as their life situation and style evolves."

Press release after the jump.


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