Ford Focus Takes the Global Stage at the Paris Motor Show

The core next-generation Ford Focus three-model line-up was seen together for the first time at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The sporty five-door hatchback, sleek four-door sedan and stylish five-door wagon Focus models took center stage on the Ford stand.

Following an unprecedented global development program under the One Ford strategy, the next-generation Focus is set to continue the successful tradition of its predecessors and demonstrate how Ford is changing.

Distinguished by its sleek and sporty design, the new Focus is packed with more affordable technologies and features than ever before in this segment. The next-generation Focus also offers customers the highest standards of quality and detailed craftsmanship and outstanding fuel economy.

Developed in Europe, the next-generation Ford Focus will be offered for sale in over 120 markets worldwide with 80 percent parts commonality. This platform will underpin at least ten models around the world and account for two million units of annual production by 2012.

The new Focus has a modern, cockpit-style interior, with the stylish centee console wrapped around the driver and providing outstanding access to the vehicle’s major controls and display panels.

Within the cockpit, the most significant innovation is the company’s next-generation driver connect technology, MyFord Touch™, which provides the driver with a state-of-the-art combination of controls and display screens to operate the key vehicle features. On high series vehicles, the MyFord system includes an 8-inch touch screen, allowing the driver to control a wide range of functions via a clear and intuitive color display.

MyFord is complemented by a new generation of the powerful Ford SYNC® connectivity package, which includes a sophisticated voice control system, Bluetooth and satellite navigation, along with connection points for a wide variety of external devices and media players.

For the North American market, the new Focus will be fitted with a completely new 160 horsepower 2.0-liter gasoline engine which combines high-pressure direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing for enhanced performance and fuel efficiency.

The new 2.0-liter DI Ti-VCT engine is up to 20 horsepower more powerful than the current 2.0 Duratec I-4 unit featured in the North American Focus, while contributing to projected fuel economy of 40 miles per gallon on the highway.

To maximize its performance and economy advantage, the 2.0-liter DI Ti-VCT engine is mated with the latest dry-clutch six-speed Ford PowerShift automatic transmission. With its high-efficiency dual dry-clutch design, the transmission alone can help reduce fuel consumption by up to 9 percent compared to a traditional four-speed automatic.

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