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New Focus Ready For Showroom


it's the car that aims to keep Ford at the very top of the sales charts and lead the troubled manufacturer back to profitability. Arguably the most important new vehicle in the UK, the next Focus isn't due on sale until 2004... But that hasn't stopped Auto Express magazine getting its hands on the world's first pictures showing the car as it will appear in the showrooms.

The Focus clearly has it all to do and, taking styling cues from the C-MAX mini-MPV, which we drove in June, we reckon the Ford is off to a promising start. The mature look of the family favourite also has the feel of the recently facelifted Mondeo.

It's less daring than the new edge-inspired model it replaces, and Ford has said in the past that it's certain the conservative makeover will improve the car's standing among more affluent buyers.

The firm also points out there will be many more Focus variants to choose from than before. As well as the C-MAX, the range will include a sporty coupé inspired by the forthcoming Visos concept we revealed in last week's issue.

Ford insiders are promising the car will also set new standards of performance, space and refinement in a class it already dominates. But that might not be enough. From what we have seen, the car will have a far bigger fight on its hands from rivals than ever before.

Crucially, the Focus is going to have to play catch up with these challengers. The new Golf, Astra and Mazda 3 will all be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in two weeks' time. Yet the Ford isn't due to make its debut for another year. So how does the blue oval intend to keep its hatch ahead of the pack?

Company sources claim a mix of internal design, engineering and driveability will hold the key. Based on the all-new C1 platform, the new model will be longer and wider than before to give class-leading levels of interior space.

On the basis of the C-MAX's crash protection, safety standards are tipped to be first-rate. The Focus is equipped with Ford's Intelligent Protection System, and will be aiming for a five-star Euro NCAP rating. Using many of the ideas developed for the Mondeo, it should also be easy to service and repair, keeping running costs low. Services such as sat-nav and live traffic information will also be offered for the first time, in response to the hi-tech kit fitted to the new Golf.

The engine range will also add a wide appeal. Entry-level models will be powered by an updated 1.6-litre Duratec, which has a proven history in the current car. However, the newcomer will debut 1.6 and 1.8-litre direct-injection petrol units offering variable valve timing, as well as fresh 1.6 and 2.0-litre TDCi oil-burners.

At launch, the larger capacity diesel will be the most powerful engine available, with an impressive 135bhp and 300Nm of torque. This unit is likely to use clever electronics to reduce turbo lag. And with such a high output available, Ford is expected to supplement an uprated ESP system with four-wheel drive. Aimed at quality rivals such as the 4Motion Golf, this model is being secretly developed with the help of Bosch.

Three gearboxes will also be offered. The first is a conventional manual with six speeds. A new automatic is also expected, but most exciting of all is a fresh semi-automatic transmission similar to Audi's excellent new Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG). Capable of changing ratios in the blink of an eye using paddles mounted behind the steering wheel, the system is expected to help maintain the Focus's reputation as the best driver's car in its class. Dan Strong
 

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Is it time for an organized campaign?
Because all of our other organized campaigns went so well??


Focus RS - nope

Comp Pkg SVT Focus - nope

C1 Platform Focus - nope (prediction)



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<font color="red">Best Jay Sherman Voice(The Critic Cartoon): It Stinks, It Stinks, that we won't see this.</font>
 

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It can't hurt to try... I think.
Yea but you have to remember that we have an amazing community built here but we're TERRIBLE at coming together and getting something done...
which car was VWVortex mostly responsible for getting, was that the GTi 337, or the R34? i think it was the 337, but how did they manage to persuade VW to bring it? but then again that was in hella small numbers, and that was the same platform as a normal Golf of that year in all the countries. ehhh i dunno, something cool like that will never happen to the U.S. Ford market. i thought it would work with the Focus, but it looks like this is Ford Escort Part II
 

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Well I just bought the old platform, why would I want them to introduce a new one??


J/K


I didn't mean for my comment to stifle any effort, I was simply stating that in the past it has not gotten us any return from Ford. I fail to see how a few thousand pleas (assuming we could gather that many) would cause Ford to change their mind on this subject either. Seems like us Focus owners are going to have to buy a Mazda or a Volvo if we really want the C1 anytime soon, if at all.

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Sorry maybe its because im 19 but IN NO WAY DO I WANT THAT THING...looks like a freakin SUV or a Matrix wanna be. They would be better off going with like a Renault Clio Sport look then that!
 

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Chris is a smart man

i concur
 

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Die Motorenpalette des Focus II birgt anfangs keine großen Überraschungen: • 1,4-Liter-16V, 75 PS • 1,6-Liter-16V, 100 PS • 1,8-Liter-16V, 115 PS • 2,0-Liter-16V, 130 PS • 2,0-Liter-16V HE, 145 PS • 2,0-Liter-16V ST, 173 PS • 2,0-Liter-RS-Turbo, 215 PS. Wo bleibt der Benzin-Direkteinspritzer? Antwort: Er lässt weiter auf sich warten. Als erster SCi-Treibsatz ist ein 1,6-Liter Liter mit rund 120 PS angesagt. Ebenfalls mit Verzögerung startet der Focus Cosworth. Zu den Kennzeichen des Topmodells gehören nach inoffiziellen Informationen die nur leicht entschärfte WRC-Optik, der permanente Allradantrieb (System Volvo) und ein etwa 300 PS starkes Biturbo-Kraftpaket.

Beim Diesel setzt Ford C-Segment voll auf die Kooperation mit Peugeot: • 1,6-Liter-DPF, 110 PS • 2,0-Liter-DPF, 136 PS • Später soll die Palette um den 2,2-Liter-DPF mit 165 PS ergänzt werden. Die Selbstzünder lassen sich – leider nur gegen Aufpreis – mit einem Diesel-Partikelfilter koppeln. Auch ESP wird bei den schwächeren Focus-Varianten gesondert berechnet. Ob da die Kunden auf Dauer mitspielen?

Extra berechnet werden zudem das halbautmatische Durashift-Getriebe und der stufenlose CVT-Automat. Die MMT6-Sechsgangschaltbox gehört bei den Topmodellen zum serienmäßigen Lieferumfang. Für Richard Parry-Jones steht schon heute fest, dass sich die GST-Strategie für den Konzern bezahlt machen wird. "Allein bei den neuen Vierzylindermotoren ergeben sich deutlich geringere Stückkosten. Unterm Strich können wir den Entwicklungsaufwand um etwa ein Sechstel senken – das gesparte Geld wird natürlich umgehend in die nächste Produktoffensive investiert." Um die Qualität weiter zu steigern.

Here it is in German. I noticed the WRC AWD TWIN TURBO statement. Also the photos of the blue car are all computer renderings and NOT REAL photos. As soon as I can get out of this [censored] I am in I will get back and start shooting photos again. James
 

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The engine pallet of the focus II saves at the beginning of no large surprises: ? 1,4-Liter-16V, 75 HP? 1,6-Liter-16V, 100 HP? 1,8-Liter-16V, 115 HP? 2,0-Liter-16V, 130 HP? 2,0-LITER-16V HE, 145 HP? 2,0-LITER-16V ST, 173 HP? 2,0-Liter-RS-Turbo, 215 HP. Where does the gasoline direct A splash remain? Answer: It takes time further. As the first sports club ith friction set a 1,6-Liter litre with approximately 120 HP is announced. Likewise with delay the focus Cosworth starts. To the characteristics of the Topmodells belong to about 300 HP after unofficial information the only easily defused WRC optics, the permanent all-wheel drive (system Volvo) and a strong Biturbo Kraftpaket. With the Diesel Ford's sets C-segment fully on co-operation with Peugeot: ? 1,6-Liter-DPF, 110 HP? 2,0-Liter-DPF, 136 HP? Later the pallet is to be supplemented around the 2,2-Liter-DPF with 165 HP. The self fuzes leave themselves? unfortunately only against surcharge? couple with a Diesel particle filter. Also ESP is separately computed with the weaker focus variants. Whether the customers along-play in the long term there? Specially to be computed besides the halbautmatische Durashift transmission and the stepless CVT automat. The MMT6-Sechsgangschaltbox belongs with the Topmodellen to the standard scope of supply. For Richard Parry Jones is certain already today that the GST strategy will make itself paid for the company. "alone with the new four-cylinder engines clearly smaller unit cost prices result. Unterm line we can lower the developping costs around for instance a Sechstel? the saved money is invested naturally immediately into the next product offensive." In order to increase the quality further.
 
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