THE old French hippie in the motorhome in front of us was fairly battering it around the bends as we climbed through the forest in the hills above Nice. In fact, it was hardly even a motorhome, more a Luton dumped on the back of a pick-up truck. “The cups and saucers must be all over the floor by now,” remarked my co-driver, as we watched it sway back and forth at each turn of the road. Not so our own cheeky little number, which was flatlining it through the chicanes and managing the hairpins without even the hint of body roll. And so let me introduce this year’s much-anticipated new arrival, the Ford Focus, the favourite car, no less, of a certain Elena Ford – the blue oval badge marque’s vice-president for global dealer and consumer experience. The Focus is a best-seller worldwide, which makes the introduction of each new model something of a buttock-clenching time for the blue oval badge marque. And this fourth-generation version has been revised from … [Read more...] about New Ford Focus is meeting demands
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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?
0 Comments All-new Ford Focus gets sharp new look and bags more tech BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The family hatchback's major revamp keeps it at the top of its game. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/cars/allnew-ford-focus-gets-sharp-new-look-and-bags-more-tech-36839679.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/cars/article36839673.ece/a71c7/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-04-25_lif_40360223_I1.JPG Email The family hatchback's major revamp keeps it at the top of its game. What's new?Who'd have thought it? When Ford replaced the famous Escort back in 1998, almost no-one would have wagered money on the replacement car lasting a quarter of a century. But the Ford Focus has become a worthy successor to the mighty Escort; it's now 20 years old and will see 25 at least, if not make its third decade. We are now in the fourth generation of the Focus, which has just gone on sale: you'll see it on the roads by early autumn. The Focus was the third biggest-selling car in the UK last year. Its smaller … [Read more...] about All-new Ford Focus gets sharp new look and bags more tech
THE new Ford Focus has been revealed - and it's cheaper than ever. The fourth generation starts from £17,930, more than £2,000 less than the outgoing model. The new family car promises to be a big hit with almost two million sold in the UK since the original launched 20 years ago. It's one of the UK's biggest selling cars and the new model gets an estate, crossover version and a posh Vignale option. Buyers ordering now can expect deliveries to start in September as Ford takes the fight to the Volkswagen Golf. The 2018 Focus gets a completely new design that's sportier and sleeker with a lower roofline and longer body. Despite the new model undercutting the outgoing car by £2,300 it's packed with latest gadgets. Stop&Go, speed sign recognition and lane assistance technology will help on your morning commute. The car can park itself at the push of a button and can even help you get out of tight spots with its "Park-out Assist". The Focus is also the first Ford in … [Read more...] about The new Ford Focus is here – and Britain’s favourite family car is now cheaper than ever
A 1999 Ford Focus rally car driven by the legendary Colin McRae is to be auctioned next month. The bespoke vehicle was used by McRae during the Rally Catalunya and Rally Tour De Corse – where it finished fourth – plus the Rally Acropolis and Rally China. In total, it competed in 11 rounds of the World Rally Championship, being driven by other rally greats as well, including Petter Solberg and Thomas Radstrom. McRae, who died in a helicopter accident in 2007 aged just 39, won the WRC Drivers’ championship title in 1995 – the youngest and the first British driver to do so, which made him a household name. Four years later, he joined Ford, which also unveiled a new car for the ’99 season – the Focus WRC. The four-cylinder left-hand-drive car is being offered for sale by Silverstone Auctions at its Race Retro Competition Car Sale on February 23, with an estimate of £120,000 to £140,000. Adam Rutter, classic car specialist at Silverstone … [Read more...] about Colin McRae’s 1999 Ford Focus rally car to go under the hammer