It was launched in 1998 in Europe, and in 2000 in North America. It is great little car or if you get the hatchback model, a great medium-sized car that is easy to drive and great on gas. It accelerates eagerly from a standstill and is quite spirited for passing and merging. Engines The engines available were the well-proven 1. It is a modern design with aluminum cylinder block and head and four valves per cylinder. Regular Focus models use a 2. The backseat folds down to expand cargo capacity.
It is also the lightest of these. Even though both versions were identical in other respects unlike the Mondeo and Contour these detailed differences meant that the Focus was categorised as being available in two distinct versions - North American and European. Skip to details on the: Exterior At 168. Ride comfort is firm but above par, and the suspension deals competently with urban bumps. Since then, it has become the United Kingdom's best selling car, following in the success of its predecessor, the Escort. It has a lot of pep, decent pick-up and quick responsiveness.
Especially if you will be using the backseat often, it is best for package or small passengers. The seemingly odd number designations are because Ford calls the hatchbacks three- and five-door models. The headlamps have clear lenses, and the grille displays a diamond pattern. Smooth clutch action and a gearbox that works fairly easily contribute to driving enjoyment. Round fog lamps are installed, and the fascia has a wide, low air intake.
All Focus models share a 2. With 225 bhp from 2. An excellent European version that shares components with the Mazda3 may make its way here eventually, but until then, our North American version still returns a fine driving experience, and best of all, 2006 prices have not changed from 2005. In 2001 and 2002, Focus was the world's best selling car. The interior of the car was also radically styled, featuring many curves and sweeping lines.
Part of the original line in Europe + 4-door sedan Not available in Japan or New Zealand + 4-door station wagon Only available in Europe, Japan and North America. Ford claims a top speed of 150 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 6. How much extra have you recently spent to shrink your cell-phone, iPod, or laptop computer? A new version of the Focus was launched in Europe in January 2005, while the United States received an updated version of the old model. It weighs 168 lb less than the Astra, 84 lb less than the Megane 225 and 42 lb less than the Golf. The base model comes without stability control or traction control, and so is likely to appeal to real enthusiasts, but these features are included in the two more expensive versions. Round fog lamps are installed, and the fascia has a wide, low air intake. As well as having radical styling, the Focus also introduced high specification components.
The headlamps have clear lenses, and the grille displays a diamond pattern. Could small be the next big thing in cars, too?. Reworked for 2005, the front-wheel-drive compact comes in four body styles. Skip to details on the: Exterior At 168. Until then other cars in the class, including the Focus' predecessor, featured torsion beam rear suspension. My only complaint is the the interior seems a little croweded and smushed, with for its size, should be roomier.
Reworked for 2005, the front-wheel-drive compact comes in four body styles. The base model will also be lighter. Regular Focus models use a 2. Body styles + 3-door hatchback not available in Australia + 5-door hatchback added for North America starting in 2002. Certain elements of the design had been seen even earlier in prototypes used by Ford to demonstrate forthcoming safety features such as the eye-level rear lighting clusters. Manufacturing The Focus is produced by factories in: Saarlouis, Germany; Valencia, Spain; Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines; Pacheco, Argentina; and Wayne, Michigan in which the United States Knocked down kits are supplied for assembly to Vsevolzhsk near Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Outside of America, small is more than beautiful; it's a way of life. Large doorways ease entry and exit. To give the engine the oomph you need for a hot hatch, Ford has added a turbocharger and some cool mapping to give 225 bhp at 6,100 rpm, and 236 lb ft 320 Nm at 1,600 rpm A lot of torque for a front-wheel drive car Not only is that a huge amount of torque to push through the front wheels, but peak torque at 1,600 rpm means the engine should pull the fairly light Focus away promptly at any speed you like — and keep going to over 6,000 rpm. The engine is now called a Duratec unit. Focus sedans have a 14. The 136-hp four-cylinder is standard.
Although the design was clearly influenced by the more radical Ford Ka the interior design language was more akin to those of American cars, in the same way the Mk 1 Mondeo was. The Hermosillo plant was then retooled to build the Ford Fusion. In states with strict emissions requirements, a 130-hp version is installed. Photographing, interviewing, videotaping, and otherwise poking,… All 2007 Ford Focus models sold in California with the 2. Ford has trumped its European rivals in the hot hatch business by digging out the Volvo five-cylinder 2. Despite thick pillars, the long side glass helps visibility in the hatchback. Some North American Focuses were built in Hermosillo, Mexico, before all post-2005 North American Focuses were built in Wayne, Michigan.
In states with strict emissions requirements, a 130-hp version is installed. Focus hatchbacks are highly maneuverable and fun to drive. Units Affected 1921 Ever since last year's gas-price crunch, there's been a lot of talk about the potential growth of small-car sales in the U. Hatchback models look sharper than the sedans. Big, clearly labeled controls are convenient to reach.