Euro NCAP revealed today the safety rating for the new 2019 Ford Focus, and it’s a good one. Actually, it’s a great one, seeing as it’s the highest rating they give out. Yes, the new Focus is a 5-star car as far as ENCAP is concerned, and one of the first vehicles to be awarded the highest rating under new, more stringent tests. 2019 Ford Focus goes a bit further than the usual requirements from a family hatchback in terms of safety, adding technologies such as Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection. Euro NCAP was particularly fascinated by the latter, which can detect people in or near the road ahead, or who may cross the vehicle’s path. The system alerts the driver of the impending danger, and if he or she does not react in time it will automatically apply the brakes. No wonder then this is a 5-star car. Other safety highlights of the 2019 Ford Focus you may find interesting include Adaptive Cruise Control now enhanced … [Read more...] about 2019 Ford Focus Euro NCAP Rating Revealed
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Think back to the very early days of the previous decade and memories of awful mainstream rock compete with visions of the first-generation Ford Focus sedan. It was everywhere, and quite a few people has quite a few problems with theirs. By the end of the decade, however, those issues were mainly in the rear-view, as Ford was busy preparing to heap dual-clutch transmission woes onto its customers. Now, the Focus sedan’s officially dead as the Blue Oval embarks on a nearly car-free voyage to the future. Only the faux crossover “Active” version of the next-gen 2019 Focus stands to see any customers in North America, but it’s a privilege reserved only for citizens of the United States. Canucks need not apply. Too bad, as the next-gen Focus sedan’s a looker. Its designers aren’t exactly thrilled that so many countries have taken a pass. According to Automotive News Europe, the newly curvaceous sedan won’t be appearing in many showrooms in the … [Read more...] about The Best Ford Focus Sedan Is the One (Almost) No One Wants
Crossover variant could be heading Down Under to duke it out with the Subaru XV The Ford Focus Active – a crossover version of the all-new small car already available in Europe – could be on track to launch in Australia alongside the core range, if a pending trademark application is anything to go by.Spotted by a keen CarAdvice reader, the 'Focus Active' name has shown up on the Australian Trademark Search, lodged by none other than Ford Motor Company.The description is classified as Class 12, which covers "vehicles; apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water". According to the website, Ford lodged the request on June 8.CarAdvice reached out to Ford Australia for further comments, but the company's local division was unable to confirm any plans to offer the Active Down Under.Based on the Focus hatchback, the Active gets a raised ride height and extended wheel arches compared to the standard body, along with an array of SUV-inspired styling elements inside … [Read more...] about Ford Focus Active: Trademark application hints at Australian release
4 France won the world cup, Google was founded, an intern called Monica Lewinski became famous all over the world and, oh yes – Ford launched the Focus. It's only 20 years ago, but it's hard to overemphasise the impact this cheeky little hatchback had on family motoring. I remember engineers on the launch in Deauville, France saying: "I didn't think we could do a car like this!". Ford had been run for years by accountants, who clung like shipwrecked sailors to the Ford family purse strings. Chief executive Jac Nasser, however, wasn’t family and while he had controversial long-term views about Ford's future, he absolutely understood the damage done by cars like the execrable Mk5 Escort. Ford's engineers were in near revolt about the cost-cutting on that car. “Never again,” was the battle cry and Nasser and mercurial engineer Richard Parry-Jones created a design and engineering hot-house that cultivated the Focus. To have worked on that team is like … [Read more...] about 2018 Ford Focus review – still brilliant, but has it lost its sparkle?
Ford unveiled the all-new Ford Focus yesterday. Here’s a visual comparison between the (fourth-gen) 2018 Ford Focus and the (facelifted third-gen) 2014 Ford Focus. The all-new Ford Focus’s more upmarket design is somewhat inspired by that of the latest Ford Fiesta. Compared to the previous generation Ford Focus, it is drastically different. Ford has redesigned VW Golf competitor from the ground up and made it look more mature proportionally. The new generation model looks more premium and sportier as well. At the front, a considerably larger radiator grille is flanked by swanky full-LED headlamps. An Adaptive Front Lighting System adjusts the headlight beam angle and intensity as per the prevailing driving environment. A Glare-free high-beam reduces the case of accidentally dazzling other drivers. The hood is longer and this adds to the sportiness of the car. On the sides, the beltline is flattish until the B-pillar and rises only from behind there. This gives a more neat … [Read more...] about 2018 Ford Focus vs. 2014 Ford Focus
Take a new product development process, mix in human-centered design and customer feedback, and toss in a dash of new technology and simmer until tender. What do you have? The new Ford Focus. “We’re evolving our successful One Ford strategy to find new ways to create a sporty-looking small car our customers will love,” explained Jim Farley, President of Global Markets, Ford Motor Company. “We’ll tailor which cars in the Focus lineup we offer in markets around the world to ensure we best meet customers’ different needs and preferences.” Tailor Made Ford employees spent hundreds of hours speaking with customers from around the world, and the new Focus will be “tailored” to each global region accordingly. Ford says, through the use of globally common but flexible architectures and modules, the new Focus can better appeal to individual needs while maintaining a high level of commonality but low complexity. Future Ford vehicles will … [Read more...] about Global Ford Focus Introduced; Inspires New Product Development Trends
The wraps have officially come off the 2019 Ford Focus Mk4, which will initially go on sale in Europe and China this year before making its US debut sometime in the second quarter of 2019. On the continent, the fourth-gen C-segment hatchback will go up against a plethora of competitors, including the Volkswagen Golf Mk7.5, Renault Megane and Hyundai i30. The Focus will come in three body-styles, these being a five-door hatch, a five-door estate and a four-door sedan, the latter available only in selected markets. In total, there are six variants or trim levels available for the car, the line-up consisting of the Active, Ambiente, ST-Line, Titanium, Trend and Vignale, the last being the brand’s luxury trim level. At point of introduction, the upmarket Vignale, sporty ST-Line (which lowers the ride by 10 mm), adventure-oriented Active (which increases the ride height by 30 mm) and upscale Titanium will be available for the European market, while the ST-Line and Titanium will be … [Read more...] about 2019 Ford Focus Mk4 debuts
Lately, there hasn’t been much good news concerning small cars in the U.S. The segment has been losing ground to crossovers, leading Ford to decide not to bring its new Fiesta across the pond and GM to reportedly kill the Chevrolet Sonic later this year. But here’s one thing for small-car believers to get excited about: the all-new global Ford Focus will be coming stateside in 2019. The automaker is unveiling its next-gen compact today at simultaneous events in Europe and China, markets that will be getting the car later this year. Ford tells us the North American market will have to wait until the second half of 2019 to get its latest C-segment offering. That’s likely due to Focus production moving from Michigan to China, a shift that will halt manufacturing of the compact for this market for about a year. But when we do get the new Focus, the Blue Oval says to expect more comfort and space along with an improved driving experience. The … [Read more...] about Next-Generation Ford Focus Debuts for China, Europe
Cette quatrième génération est sans doute promise à un beau succès. Depuis le début de l'aventure en 1998, Ford a vendu plus de 16 millions de Focus dans le monde, dont presque 7 millions uniquement en Europe. Le constructeur américain espère perpétuer ce succès avec cette toute nouvelle génération que l'on découvre en détails aujourd'hui. Sobriété et élégance Cette Focus quatrième du nom est entièrement nouvelle. Côté look, elle n'est pas la plus originale de sa catégorie, mais pas la moins séduisante non plus. Les montants A ont été reculés et positionnés plus à la verticale pour offrir de la prestance et du dynamisme à l'auto. La découpe des vitres latérales et le montant de custode évoluent de façon notable, le becquet à l'arrière est généreusement … [Read more...] about La nouvelle Ford Focus livre tous ses secrets !
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest New Ford Focus unveiled overseas, made in China, Germany Ford spotlights its popular passenger car while pivoting the company to SUVs and F-Series pickup trucks. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 a.m. ET April 10, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE Ford Motor Co. unveiled its new Ford Focus compact car in China and Europe on Tuesday, emphasizing the global importance of the passenger car in a product line dominated by sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks, particularly in the U.S. And, amid international debate about new tariffs, … [Read more...] about New Ford Focus unveiled overseas, made in China, Germany