PARIS -- The next-generation Focus range – including a new, high-performance flagship model – is the star attraction in Ford Motor Company's display at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, which opens today.
For the first time, the complete global Focus line-up of three dynamic production-ready body styles – five-door, four-door and wagon - are displayed together. The model goes on sale in Europe and North America early in 2011.
Ford is also introducing a global performance version of the new Focus, the 250 PS Focus ST, which will launch in early 2012. The new range-topping Focus features a 250 PS version of the 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine.
First Global Product
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 from the start under the company’s ONE Ford strategy.
The Focus is Ford's most significant car range globally – and part of the world's largest and most comprehensive vehicle segment. Developed at Ford's Global Centre of Excellence for Small Cars in Germany and for sale in over 120 markets worldwide, the next-generation model is the most important Focus yet and is created from Ford's new global C-segment platform, with up to 80 per cent parts commonality around the world. This platform will underpin at least ten vehicles around the world and account for some two million units of annual production by 2012.
Next-generation Focus promises to be the smartest car in the C-segment and is packed with more affordable technologies and features than ever before in this segment.
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 a Ford 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
Ford is accelerating its efforts to minimise fuel consumption and CO2 emissions across its product range and two important new entries to the Ford of Europe product portfolio are being displayed at Paris – the new Mondeo ECOnetic and the Ka 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 new EcoBoost turbocharged direct injection petrol engine family and updated versions of the Duratorq TDCi diesel engines.
Ford is also moving forward with its European electrification programme and is displaying for the first time the technology destined to drive its C-MAX plug-in hybrid vehicle, which will be produced at the Valencia plant in Spain and is due to go on sale in Europe in 2012. A version will also be sold in North America.
Along with the wider introduction of low-CO2 Ford 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.