FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW: Ford re-Focus-es fleet favourite
11 September 2007
Fleet's favourite business car, the Ford Focus, has undergone a makeover to target its appeal at corporate and retail clients.
Arriving as early as February next year, the revised saloon, estate and three- and five-door hatch adopts some of the new Mondeo's looks, while under the skin receives a raft of improvements.
Inside, the interior quality is said to be improved while dual zone aircon is adopted and instrumentation redesigned and improved, but the big headline news will concern what's been going on under the bonnet.
The facelift brings an all-new 'double-clutch' automatic gearbox option called 'Powershift' that improves fuel consumption by 10% and cuts emissions compared to an equivalent automatic. It will be available on the 136PS and all-new 110PS version of the 2.0 TDCi diesel.
If that's not enough, an all-new model dubbed 'ECOnetic' will join the range. Averaging an incredible 65mpg and emitting just 115g/km from its 109PS 1.6 diesel, Ford has tweaked aerodynamics and employed all its fuel saving know-how to ensure it will be a business hit for those located in congestion-charged cities.
Inspired by the arrival of its ECOnetic models, Ford has tweaked all of its 110PS 1.6 diesels to now achieve 119g/km.
Mondeo on the other hand will soon have the choice of an ECOnetic version, too, that promises to have sub-140g/km emissions.
CNG and LPG as well as bioethanol powered 1.8-litre engines complete the Ford's environmental offensive.