Today at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the next-generation Ford Focus Wagon made its debut. This family of new Ford Focus models, along with new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, introduce a host of class-leading technologies and features to C-segment.
The new Focus is from Ford’s new global C-segment platform and will be sold in more than 120 markets worldwide with 80 percent parts commonality across all markets. European and North American Focus production will start simultaneously in late 2010, and it will go on sale early in 2011.
While the four-door sedan and five-door hatchback models of the Ford Focus will be available in the U.S., the new wagon revealed today in Europe will not. Sales of the previous Focus wagon in the U.S. dwindled to just 4 percent by 2007, showing the overwhelming preference for the other body styles offered. However, another model based on Ford’s global C-car platform will be added to the U.S. market – the 7-passenger Grand C-MAX is scheduled for launch in North America late in 2011.
Here is a look at the extensive list of major features and technologies that will be available across the new Ford C-car range (depending on vehicle, series and market):
MyFord™ – Within the cockpit, the most significant innovation is the company’s next-generation driver connect technology, MyFord, which provides the driver with a state-of-the-art combination of controls and display screens to operate key vehicle features. On high series vehicles, the MyFord Touch system includes an 8-inch touch screen, allowing the driver to control a wide range of functions via a clear and intuitive color display.
SYNC® – MyFord is complemented by a new generation of Ford’s powerful SYNC connectivity package, which includes sophisticated voice control system, Bluetooth® and satellite navigation, along with connection points for a wide variety of external devices and media players. The Ford SYNC system will make its European debut in the next-generation Focus when it is launched early in 2011.
Active Park Assist (semi-automatic parking system) – Unlike many expensive camera-based systems, Ford Active Park Assist uses sensors around the vehicle working in tandem with Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS), to guide the vehicle into a parallel parking space. The length and depth of potential spaces are measured and if suitable, are identified for semi-automated parking. The steering is then automatically controlled while the driver operates accelerator, brake and gear controls.
Adaptive Cruise Control – This improved cruise control system helps to maintain a preset cruising speed as well as a preset distance from vehicles ahead. When the system senses a vehicle in front, it decelerates automatically to keep the preset distance, accelerating back to the preset cruising speed once the road ahead is clear.
Blind Spot Information System – This easy-to-use, radar-based feature alerts drivers to obstacles that may be hidden in the blind spot. When traffic enters the driver’s blind spot on either side of the vehicle, a warning light in the corresponding side mirror illuminates, helping the driver to change lanes safely. The warning lights are positioned so the driver does not get distracted during normal driving.
Auto High Beam Control – This improves driver visibility significantly during night driving. Using a forward-looking camera, the system detects light sources ahead and when oncoming vehicles are sensed, automatically switches to low beam to avoid glare. The high beam is also deactivated in urban areas.
Electric power steering with pull-drift compensation and torque steer compensation – This minimizes fuel consumption, while also helping to eliminate unwanted steering disturbances.
Ford EasyFuel – This award-winning, capless refuelling system helps to prevent drivers from misfuelling their vehicle.
Ford Keyless System and Ford Power start button – Ford’s easy-to-use keyless entry and push-button start system.
Rear view camera – This is a tailgate-mounted camera for safe and accurate reversing, with a clear image displayed on the centre console screen.