Ford Fo­cus

New Zealand’s 2011 Car of the Year com­bines great per­for­mance with in­cred­i­ble safety fea­tures.

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“The level of chas­sis so­phis­ti­ca­tion en­gi­neered into the new Fo­cus is re­mark­able. New-gen­er­a­tion di­rect­in­jec­tion en­gines and Ford’s Pow­ershift dual-clutch trans­mis­sion bring strong per­for­mance and out­stand­ing econ­omy.”

So said David Lin­klater, New Zealand Mo­tor­ing Writ­ers’ Guild pres­i­dent, when the Ford Fo­cus was awarded New Zealand’s Car of the Year for 2011.

It was a view shared unan­i­mously among the mo­tor­ing press for the award.

The lat­est in­car­na­tion of the Ford Fo­cus is a com­bi­na­tion of dy­namic de­sign and an ex­cep­tional ar­ray of smart new tech­nolo­gies with high lev­els of crafts­man­ship, out­stand­ing oc­cu­pant safety and fur­ther ad­vances in ac­claimed lev­els of driv­ing qual­ity.

It’s avail­able in New Zealand in three body styles – fea­tur­ing a sporty five-door hatch­back, sleek four-door sedan and stylish new wagon. Also, there are four se­ries in the line-up – Am­bi­ente, Trend, Sport and the range top­ping Ti­ta­nium. Fuel-ef­fi­cient, low-co2 pow­er­trains are avail­able, in­clud­ing a new 2.0-litre GDI di­rect in­jec­tion petrol en­gine and a com­pletely up­dated 2.0-litre Du­ra­torq TDCI diesel en­gine, both avail­able with lat­est six-speed Pow­ershift (dou­ble–clutch) au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

A key new el­e­ment of the Ford Fo­cus model line-up, has been ex­panded to in­clude a new high-se­ries Ti­ta­nium vari­ant, of­fer­ing lux­ury lev­els of con­ve­nience, tech­nol­ogy and com­fort in a sporty pack­age, that will please buy­ers shift­ing from larger and lux­ury-class ve­hi­cles. Ti­ta­nium has pre­vi­ously been launched on the Mon­deo, Kuga and Ter­ri­tory.

SMART FEA­TURES

The global scale of Ford’s small car pro­gram makes ad­di­tional tech­nolo­gies and fea­tures more eco­nom­i­cally vi­able for cars in this seg­ment. This un­prece­dented tech­nol­ogy in­vest­ment is aimed at en­sur­ing the new Fo­cus of­fers cus­tomers an ar­ray of ad­vanced fea­tures gen­er­ally found only in larger, more ex­pen­sive ve­hi­cles. Smart in­no­va­tions avail­able on the all-new Fo­cus Ti­ta­nium for New Zealand in­clude Ac­tive Park As­sist, cruise con­trol with Ad­justable Speed Lim­it­ing De­vice (ASLD), key­less en­try sys­tem with push but­ton start and Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol.

Ac­tive Park As­sist is a semi-au­to­matic par­al­lel park­ing sys­tem that uses sen­sors around the ve­hi­cle and the new Elec­tric Power As­sisted Steer­ing (EPAS) sys­tem to guide the ve­hi­cle into place. It mea­sures the length and depth of the cho­sen park­ing space and then steers it­self into po­si­tion, while the driver con­trols the ac­cel­er­a­tor, brake and gear se­lec­tion.

5 STAR SAFETY

The all-new Ford Fo­cus has earned a max­i­mum five-star crash safety rat­ing in the lat­est Euro­pean New Car As­sess­ment Pro­gram (Euro NCAP), in­clud­ing the high­est pos­si­ble dy­namic score for child pro­tec­tion in both frontal and side im­pact col­li­sion tests.

Fo­cus also ex­celled in the adult and pedes­trian safety cat­e­gories.

One of the rea­sons for this is be­cause of the ex­cep­tion­ally strong, stiff and light steel body shell, which has been en­gi­neered to ex­ceed global safety stan­dards.

The body struc­ture makes use of ad­vanced high-strength steels – more so than any pre­vi­ous Ford – and in­no­va­tive fabrication tech­niques to min­imise body weight while de­liv­er­ing en­hanced crash per­for­mance, im­proved ve­hi­cle dy­nam­ics and su­pe­rior re­fine­ment.

Pas­sive safety fea­tures in­clude a new gen­er­a­tion of ad­vanced airbag re­straint sys­tems with driver and front pas­sen­ger airbags, side front airbags and side cur­tain airbags for front- and rear-seat oc­cu­pants. Find out more about the Ford Fo­cus mod­els at ford.co.nz

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