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