COLOGNE, Germany – The next-generation Focus will be the star attraction in the Ford display at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, which opens on September 30.
For the first time, the complete global Focus line-up of three production-ready dynamic bodystyles will be displayed together, providing the media and public with the opportunity to see new model before it goes on sale in Europe and North America early in 2011.
Ford is also delivering on its promise to introduce a global performance version of the new Focus with a world premiere for the 250 PS Focus ST. The new ST will launched in early 2012 and will be revealed on September 30 on the Ford stand by Alan Mulally, Ford’s president and CEO, and Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe.
The formal launch of the full production-ready Focus range in Paris is significant for Ford, as it signals the introduction of the first truly global product developed under the Company’s ONE Ford strategy.
The Focus is Ford's most significant car range globally. Developed at Ford's global centre of excellence for Small and Medium Cars in Germany for sale in over 120 markets worldwide, the next-generation model is created from Ford Motor Company's new C segment platform with up to 80 per cent parts commonality. This platform will underpin at least ten vehicles globally and account for two million units of annual production by 2012.
New Focus promises to more affordable technologies and features than customers have previously experienced in this vehicle segment. It also offers the highest standards of quality and detailed craftsmanship, plus impressive fuel economy and driving dynamics.
The Focus ST features a 250 PS version of the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Ford EcoBoost engine. In Paris, the car is displayed in a distinctive 'Tangerine Scream', finish.
New Mondeo and C-MAX on Display
Taking their place alongside the next-generation Focus family will be five-door and wagon versions of the new Mondeo range, which was previewed at the recent Moscow International Automobile Salon. The Paris show sees the debut of the ultra-low CO2 Mondeo ECOnetic version. The Ford stand also showcases the latest S-MAX and Galaxy models which were launched earlier in 2010.
The all-new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX will be represented by high series Titanium models fitted with an EcoBoost 1.6-litre 180 PS petrol engine and the updated 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel. The C-MAX is the first production model using Ford's global C-segment platform. The Grand C-MAX also goes on sale in North America in late 2011.
Lower CO2 Emissions across the Ford Range
Ford is accelerating its efforts to minimise fuel consumption and CO2 emissions across its product range and two new entries to the Ford of Europe product portfolio are being displayed at Paris – the Mondeo ECOnetic model and a ord Ka derivative with standard Ford Auto-Start-Stop system.
These new models follow the significant new developments which have already been introduced during 2010, including the launch of the high-efficiency EcoBoost turbocharged direct injection petrol engine family and updated versions of the fuel-efficient Duratorq TDCi diesel engines.
Ford is also moving forward with its European electrification programme and will be displaying for the first time the core technology that will drive its C-MAX PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle); the vehicle will be produced at the Valencia plant in Spain and is due to go on sale in Europe from 2013.
Along with the wider introduction of low-CO2 ECOnetic Technologies, such as Eco Mode and Smart Regenerative Charging, Ford of Europe is on track to surpass its goal of a 30 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions from its new vehicles by 2020, relative to a 2006 model year baseline.
"The launch of the complete new Focus range, plus the global debut of the high-performance ST model, will make the Paris Show not only very exciting for Ford, but also highly significant," said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe. "With the all-new C-MAX also on the Paris stand, along with the latest Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy models, it’s clear that the pace of change within Ford remains as aggressive as ever."