COLOGNE, Germany – Ford’s electric retractable towbar is increasingly popular with Focus owners. Less than seven months after going on the market, sales have already overtaken those of fixed-ball and manually detractable towbars. Ford is now planning to extend the technology to other models including Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy.
The simple-to-use Ford Electric Retractable Towbar automatically stores itself out of sight below the Focus rear bumper when not in use. The Towbar is operated by a button located in the boot.
The Focus, offering a braked towing capacity of up to 1,500kg, is the first small family car to offer the technology.
Available for all Focus body styles, the towbar includes a 13-pin socket that is connected to the car’s battery to support lighting and ancillary systems. The system can only be activated if the ignition is turned off and the boot is open.
Customers selecting an Electric Retractable Towbar with their new Focus will receive Hill Start Assist and Trailer Sway Control at no additional cost.
The Towbar is also available as a retro-fit accessory through local Ford dealerships.