Ford Focus

The Ford Focus, introduced in 2000, is a subcompact car that replaced the Ford Escort. Originally launched as a three-door hatchback, four-door sedan, and five-door wagon, a five-door sedan was manufactured in 2001. For over a decade, the Ford Focus has pleased drivers and passengers with its constantly improving performance and additional features.

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About the Ford Focus

The Ford Focus, known for its fuel economy, started out as an entry-level car for new drivers, as well as for those who wanted an economical, small compact car. In subsequent generations of manufacturing, the Ford Focus became faster and more refined, establishing itself as a quality subcompact car that offers style and functionality to make it a top seller in its class.

Ford Focus Features

The 2012 Ford Focus has gone through a redesign for the 2012 model year. The Ford Focus Electric will be available in Spring 2012. Ford offers the 2012 Ford Focus as a sedan or a four-door hatchback (called the 5-Door).

The 2012 Ford Focus comes with a completely redesigned chassis and an improved suspension, which results in crisp handling. A rear stabilizer bar and fully-independent control blade suspension hugs the road and resists body roll. The base S model comes equipped with a 2.0-liter Ti-VCT direct-injection I4 engine and a five-speed manual transmission, touting impressive fuel efficiency at 26/36 mpg city/highway. Fifteen-inch steel wheels with wheel covers are standard; other models offer 16- or 17-inch aluminum wheels (the ST will have 18-inch alloy wheels with a Y spoke pattern).

Standard equipment on the S model includes SafeCanopy side curtain airbags, AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, manual climate control, an air filtration system, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, power door locks and power front windows, an AM/FM/CD stereo with MP3 capability, cloth seats, power mirrors with integrated blind spot, halogen headlights, and an EasyFuel capless fuel filler.

In terms of trim levels, the SE contains the 2.0-liter Ti-VCT direct-injection I4 engine and a five-speed manual transmission. It also includes standard equipment such as front and rear power windows, MyKey--which allows parents to control young drivers’ speeds and stereo volume, and it activates chimes if seat belts are not worn by adolescent and young adult drivers, all through the use of a configurable key.

Besides sporting the 2.0-liter Ti-VCT direct-injection I4 engine and a six-speed automated manual transmission, standard equipment in the SEL model includes a six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission with SelectShift, SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lamps, an AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers and MP3 capability, and MyFord Driver Connect.

The Titanium comes equipped with a 2.0-liter Ti-VCT direct-injection I4 engine and a six-speed automated manual transmission. It also offers MyFord Touch, which is an 8-inch display screen for navigation and communications. Other standard equipment includes the push button start and a HD radio.

The Ford Focus Electric model, debuting in Spring 2012, means that you’ll never have to buy gas again. Using a 23kWh, high-voltage lithium-ion battery system, it employs an advanced liquid heating and cooling system to regulate battery temperature and maximizes battery life, so you can get the most miles out of a charge. It can be charged by a standard 120-volt household outlet.

The 2012 Ford Focus ST, which will make its debut in late 2012, is the sportiest model Ford Focus has ever manufactured. Equipped with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, direct-injection EcoBoost engine; a sports-tuned suspension; a six-speed manual transmission; and high-performance brakes, it offers the power and control that high-performance vehicles need. It has RECARO partial leather seats, and a cockpit feel to the interior, including the instrument panel and shifter knob. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels remind you that you’re not driving just any subcompact car.

Ford Focus Evolution

Ford introduced the Focus in 2000 and released the AdvanceTrac stability system in 2001. The following year saw the introduction of the four-door hatchback—the ZX5—and the ZTW wagon, the SVT sport-tuned hatchback, and the Mach Audio ZTS.

In 2004, the 2.3-liter PZEV engine became available in all 50 states.

2005 models boast major interior and exterior redesigns. The same year, Ford introduced the ST sedan and discontinued the SVT hatchback. However, all remaining models contained a new standard 2.0-liter, 136 horsepower engine.

In 2006, an MP3-compatible CD player came standard on all models. Steering wheel audio controls were adopted for vehicles with CD-changers.

The 2008 model year brought changes to the appearance of the exterior and interior. All hatchback and wagon models were discontinued, but a coupe was introduced.

In 2009, Ford offered four sedan trim packages, as well as two coupe packages. The company also introduced stability control. Stability control, anti-lock brakes and keyless entry became standard on all models the following year. Then, in 2011, Ford discontinued the coupe model.

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