Ford Focus

Ford Focus

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We sure do love leaked information. If you need to keep a secret, don’t tell the people who work in the automotive industry. The recently unveiled 2012 Focus won’t be going on sale until late 2011, but we already have a rough idea of its pricing information.

The base S sedan will cost around $16,270, while the SE trim level will raise that price to $17,270. The SEL model, which adds Sync, ambient lighting and 16-inch alloy wheels will cost $20,270. The high-roller Titanium Focus will cost $22,270. That might seem a bit high for a Focus, but don’t forget that this model comes with MyFord Touch, a Sony audio system, sport seats and 17-inch sport alloy wheels.

The hatchback versions will cost a tad more than the sedans. The SE, SEL and Titanium models will run $18,065, $21,065 and $22,765. If you want your Focus loaded to the hill, then you need the Titanium Premium Package that adds rain-sensing wipers, leather seats, reverse sensing system and more. All that can be yours for just $1,295.

While this information isn’t official, if you look hard enough on the Ford website, you will find it. It’s clear that the price of a Focus has gone up, but so has the quality and the design. If money is tight, order before February 28, 2011 and you can save $500.

While everyone is waiting for the new Focus ST to go on sale, Ford has unveiled the special edition Sport on the UK market. It will be offered in two engine versions, and prices will be £16,545 for the 1.6-liter petrol and £17,845 for the 1.6-liter TDCi.

The new Focus Sport will be distinguished by satellite navigation with European mapping, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, voice control, parking distance sensors, 16-in ST-style alloy wheels, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and self-dimming rear-view mirror. It will be offered in six exterior colors, while the interior will get Titanium seat fabric "New York Ebony".

"We wanted to create a stylish and practical package which represented outstanding value for money, and the Focus Sport delivers that. This is a vehicle that should appeal to our retail and fleet customers alike, and will continue to be offered alongside all-new Focus through 2011."

Press release after the jump.

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It wasn’t that long ago that Ford was offering us vehicles that were just plain awful. Showrooms were filled with Five-Hundreds, older Escapes, and current generation Focus models. Could this have been the reason why Ford went down the tubes? Possibly.

Ford wasn’t alone though, as General Motors and Chrysler were falling like dominoes as well. General Motors owned more car companies than Coca Cola does drink brands, and needless to say, it wasn’t working. Pontiac went down the drain, as did Oldsmobile, Hummer, and Saturn. What they were left with wasChevrolet , Cadillac , and Buick , three companies that failed to offer a competitive vehicle.

Chrysler , who owned Dodge and Jeep, might have been worse off, if that’s possible. Most of the Jeep products were horrendous and Dodge was in the same boat. Chrysler on the other hand, had a hit on its hands with the 300C, but outside of that, most of their products weren’t very good. After it was all said and done, Chrysler was partly taken over by Fiat, in the attempt to turn the company around and GM was in the hands of the government.

Among the big three car makers in the United States, Ford has undertaken the largest overhaul. The new 2011 Mustang and the new Fiesta are just starting points, but they have changed the way we think about the company. They are wonderfully built, gorgeous to look at, and sensational to drive.

The next machine to come out of the Ford juggernaut is the 2012 Focus , which will be shown at the 2010 Paris Auto Show in just days. The new Focus is an example of Ford’s “One Ford Ford ” product strategy and it will likely be the largest seller for the company. The Focus that we have been seeing in photos will be sold in Europe and in North America, with a few changes in the motor offerings and minor details.

Hit the jump to read on.

Ford has unveiled today the first details on the Focus ST model that will make its world debut at the Paris Auto Show later this month. While the model to be revealed in Paris is just a preview version, production model is expected to be unveiled in 2012.

Under the hood of the future Focus ST, Ford will place an unique 250 HP version of the new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine. The car displayed in Paris will come with a highly distinctive sports exterior, which is finished in ’Tangerine Scream’, a dramatic new body color that reflects the new ST’s exciting and energetic character.

Next to the ST version, Ford will also be unveiling the new generation Focus that comes with more affordable technologies and features than customers have ever experienced in this critical vehicle segment. Next-generation Focus also offers customers the highest standards of quality and detailed craftsmanship, plus outstanding fuel economy, and will take the legendary Focus driving dynamics to a new level.

Updated 09/29/2010: Ford has unveiled today new images and details on the new Focus ST. Check the picture gallery to see a total of 30 new images and hit the jump to read more about the new model.

UPDATE 03/24/11: A new video of the screamin’ hot 2012 Ford Focus ST has made its way to the Web. It doesn’t get mentioned enough, especially in this supercar-obsessed world we live in today, but the Focus ST really does epitomize the term ’hot hatch’. We love everything about this car, so much so that the video, despite being only 38 seconds long, has been on our loop for pretty much the whole day. Watch it and enjoy!

Press release after the jump.

We have to admit, we are a bit confused. If you remember, last month we reported that Ford would bring the new generation Focus ST to the Paris Motor Show in September. Now, Autocar reports that Ford will axe the ST version of their newest generation Focus.

And the reason for this decision is quite simple: Europe’s tightening emissions standards. The Focus ST will be the second model, after the Honda Civic Type R , who will have to be axed due to the new emissions standards. The same fate will attack the 3.2 V6 in the Alfa Brera, the Mazda RX-8, and the VW Group’s 5.0 V10 turbodiesel.

So, in this case, the car expected to debut in Paris will drop the usual 2.5-liter turbo five-cylinder engine and will get a new 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo engine that will deliver around 250bhp and 350Nm of torque. Derrick Kuzak said the new model will get "an EcoBoost turbocharged engine, be exciting to drive, great to look at and certainly worth waiting for”.

Source: AutoCar

The Rally Deutschland kicked off today and the Monster World Rally Team got right to work as Ken Block and his co-driver, Alex Gelsomino, started testing theFord Focus WRC outside of Brauneberg, Germany, a town 45 minutes east of the Rally Deutschland start. This race marks the first time Block will race on tarmac in the World Rally championship.

During all of this testing, the Monster World Rally Team had enough time to stop and interview Ken Block. Here’s what the racer rally had to say...

"With zero tarmac rounds in the Rally America series, Alex and I are at a huge disadvantage here in Germany," says Block. "We have only raced two tarmac events before, and while we did win both of those events, I have no expectations of keeping up with the veteran drivers here."

"Sitting in the car with Jari-Matti made me well aware of how much I still have to learn about tarmac driving." says Block. "It’s going to be a challenge, but a good one. This test was one of the best days I have ever had in rally car. I am really looking forward to improving my skills on sealed surfaces as I put down more and more stage miles on tarmac not just here in Germany, but over our next two rallies as well."

Check out what else Block had to say by checking out the video!

Inside sources have let out a much anticipated secret; Ford will unveil an ST version for their new Focus at the Paris Motor Show. At that same show we will also see the full production versions of the five-door and estate models.

Rumors have been getting around that the Focus would be an ideal vehicle to boost and those rumors were solidified when Ford’s product development boss, Derrick Kuzak announced back in March that the new model would get "an EcoBoost turbocharged engine, be exciting to drive, great to look at and certainly worth waiting for”.

So you can expect to see a Focus ST powered by a 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo engine that will deliver around 250bhp and 350Nm of torque. These figures are a tad bit lower than the Ford Focus RS model. Why endanger a great vehicle, right? The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in around 6 seconds and top speed will be limited to 155 mph.

The future Focus ST will be offered with clever torque vectoring software and a variety of driving modes. It will go on sale in late 2011.

Source: AutoExpress

Ford Netherlands has unveiled the Ford Focus Coupe and Cabriolet Cool & Sound special editions just in time for the summer. Prices start at € 27,995 for the coupe and € 33,995 for the cabriolet version.

The Cool & Sound edition is based on the Trend trim level and adds 16-inch alloy wheels (17-inch alloy wheels for the convertible version), a Visibility Pack (rain sensor, automatic switching dipped headlights and auto dimming interior mirror), cruise control, rear parking sensors, an electrically heated windshield, a tire pressure monitoring system, and a windbreaker. The cabrio version also gets an advanced navigation system with 5-inch color screen, the Ford Power start button, a tire pressure monitoring system, a wind breaker, an electrically heated windscreen, Bluetooth phone, parking sensors, and Voice Control (voice control of the audio system, air conditioning, phone and the navigation system).

The coupe version is powered by a 1.6 16v engine with 100 HP, while the cabrio version gets a 2.0 16v with 145 HP.

All of the added features to the Ford Focus Coupe and Cabriolet models are just what the doctor ordered for the long and hot summer ahead. Ford’s timing couldn’t be better and we are sure these special editions will run out quickly.

After seeing the next-generation Ford Focus unveiled last January at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford isn’t wasting any time by unveiling a wagon variant of the Focus at the Geneva Motor Show. Incidentally, the Ford Focus Ford Focus Wagon is the fifth vehicle to be unveiled from Ford’s new global C-segment platform that will create at least ten vehicles around the world where Ford hopes it would account to two million units produced by 2012.

In addition to the Ford Focus Wagon, Ford will also unveil a three-door hatchback and coupe-convertible versions, but also a small SUV sharing the same platform.

According to John Fleming, Ford of Europe’s chairman and CEO, the Ford Focus Wagon is a popular choice among European customers, with the Wagon trailing only the five-door in terms of popularity across the Atlantic. "These customers want the extra space and flexibility a traditional wagon provides, yet they still expect all of the technology, great driving dynamics, and superb styling," he says. "We believe the new Focus wagon will more than satisfy their requirements in every way."

Press release after the jump.

When the Ford Focus was first introduced the new car was a smash hit in Europe with a slew of Cosworth tuned and RS spec Foci available for overseas rally enthusiasts who harked for the return of the old Sierra Escort special something to dream about. However with the blue oval’s latest recent focus (no pun intended) on the smaller offerings in their lineup, Ford is making the Focus a global vehicle for economical and practical reasons. The American automaker from Dearborn unveiled the latest generation Ford Focus at their home show, the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Ford’s new Focus is built on top of the new global C-segment platform, a unit which replaces the three different substructures that are currently in use. The small car builder is shooting for the stars and are dedicated to moving more than 2 Million units by 2012. Mark Fields should have no problem achieving his goal, with the 2011 Focus being the latest evolution of Ford’s European "Kinetic" design language. A dialect of car speak that is well trained in the art of tooling out attractive compacts, which is why the new Focus features a large trapezoidal front fascia, bulging wheel arches, swooping large lamp clusters and a set of bold hips. All begging the eye to take a longer look.

Powered by a fuel efficient 2.0 Liter four cylinder engine that makes 155 HP and 145 lb-ft of torque, made with Ford’s patented Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) and direct injection (DI) as well as a gas sipping dual-clutch PowerShift transmission. The Focus will be sold as both a sedan and a hatchback after they go into production almost simultaneously in both Europe and North America later on in 2010 and destined to arrive in dealerships in early 2011.

Full details in the press release after the jump.

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