Global 2012 Ford Focus

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The next Ford Focus will be a 2012 model year vehicle that will underpin as many as 10 new c-segment cars by Ford around the world

The next Ford Focus will go on sale starting in early 2011 – a few months later than many had expected – but will begin production in North America and Europe in late 2010. The design language used on the next Focus looks to be a blend of the current European Ford Focus and the Ford Fiesta’s kinetic design language. Many common design cues can be found between the next Focus and the Fiesta including the general front flow and headlamp shape, the side profile and sheet metal styling, fog lamps and especially the window trim and shapes
Ford plans to raise the benchmark for the c-segment with its next Focus by delivering what it believes to be class-leading driving quality which is intended to blend steering precision and road feedback with refinement and control. The first Ford Focus, launched in 1998, received acclaim for its road handling characteristics – as did the new Ford Fiesta – and Ford hopes to continue the tradition of driver-friendly small cars with its next debut.

Ford has updated the multi-link control blade rear suspension and isolated the front and rear subframes in an effort to improve handling and ride quality. Ford says its European driving dynamics specialists paid special attention to enhancing the vehicle’s stability and agility with the introduction of an advanced Dynamic Cornering Control system – designed to use torque vectoring techniques to distribute power in a way that can reduce understeer, improve traction and provide better turn-in.
Ford plans to launch the next Focus in the U.S. using a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that features features a combination of Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) and direct injection. Ford says these changes increase power over the previous 2.0-liter Duratec by as much as 20 horsepower while providing more than a 10 percent gain in fuel economy.

Total estimated power is expected to be 155 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque.

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