All-new Ford Focus

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The all-new Ford Focus is here in March, with emissions as low as 109 g/km CO2, but you’ll have to wait until later in the year for the ultra-low CO2 Focus ECOnetic model. And it will be 2012 before the Focus Electric is launched in Europe.

The Focus is the first Ford model to standardise Auto-Start-Stop technology across a significant part of the range. All vehicles with the 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost petrol engine and the 1.6-litre TDCi diesel engine are equipped with Auto-Start-Stop.

The new 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost is one of a completely new generation of global, downsized, high-efficiency, low-CO2 petrol engines.

Each engine range offers significant reductions in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption compared to the outgoing model.

Despite an improvement in performance, CO2 emissions have been cut by 18 per cent compared to the previous 2.0-litre model – with the 150 PS engine, the new Focus achieves combined fuel economy of 47 mpg and CO2 emissions of 139 g/km.

The 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi with Auto-Start-Stop has CO2 emissions from 109 g/km, and average fuel consumption from 67 mpg.

As well as Auto-Start-Stop, the all-new Focus range incorporates other features from the Ford ECOnetic Technologies programme including Ford Eco Mode and the Active Grille Shutter.

The Auto-Start-Stop system can reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 10 per cent in urban driving.

Ford Eco Mode is a new driver information system, first introduced on the current Focus ECOnetic model, which helps motorists change their habits and adopt a more economical driving style which could cut their fuel bills by around 10 per cent or more.

The all-new Focus is the first car in its class to standardise an Active Grille Shutter, an innovative new system which helps to optimise aerodynamics by using vents to control airflow through the grille to the cooling system and engine compartment. When fully closed, the reduction in drag means that the Active Grille Shutter can reduce CO2 emissions by 2 per cent.

The new car also achieves significantly improved aerodynamic performance, cutting drag by up to 7 per cent to help reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

The progress in improving sustainability for the new Ford Focus was monitored using Ford’s Product Sustainability Index (PSI). This index assesses the environmental, societal and economic impact of vehicles.

Ford’s PSI tracks eight product attributes identified as key sustainability elements of a vehicle. These are:

* Life cycle global warming potential (mainly carbon dioxide emissions)
* Life cycle air quality potential (other air emissions)
* The use of sustainable materials (recycled and renewable materials)
* Substance management (including TUV allergy-tested interior certification)
* Exterior noise impact (drive-by noise)
* Safety (for occupants and pedestrians)
* Mobility capability (seat and luggage capacity relative to vehicle size)
* Life cycle ownership costs (full costs for the customer over the first three years)

The new Focus features a range of parts produced using recycled content. These include sound insulation material manufactured from recycled denim jeans and cotton fibres, and carpets featuring recycled plastic content; plus a number of plastic components produced from a variety of consumer and industrial waste materials including the battery housing, cover and baseplate, wheelarch liners, and heating/ventilation unit.

The current Focus is seen as one of the class-leaders in terms of driving dynamics, and Ford says that the all-new Focus combines new and updated chassis technologies with a stronger and stiffer structure to ensure that it continues to deliver class-leading driving dynamics and refinement.

A Torque Vectoring Control system fitted as standard, which uses the car’s brakes to imitate the effect of a torque vectoring differential, constantly balances the distribution of engine torque between the front wheels during cornering, resulting in improved grip and steering, and a reduced level of understeer.

An all-new electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system promises an increase in agility.

In terms of technology, the all-new Focus features an innovative digital camera system which supports five driver assistance features that help deliver improved driver confidence and safety.

Mounted next to the rear view mirror, the forward-facing digital camera captures a view of the road ahead which is analysed by an on-board computer.

The information from the camera can then be used to support the driver by helping them to stay safely in lane, remain alert at the wheel, monitor the latest traffic signs and operate headlamp high beam.

There’s also a Rear View Camera (included within the Sony Premium DAB Navigation Pack).

The new Focus also has a number of smart driver assistance features to help drivers with parallel parking, thanks to Ford Active Park Assist; driving safely on busy motorways, with radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control; and tackling city driving, using the Ford Speed Limiter system.

The next-generation Focus has been developed in Europe, for sale in over 120 markets worldwide, and with 80 per cent parts commonality. This platform will underpin at least 10 vehicles around the world and account for two million units of annual production by 2012.

There’ll be a 5-door hatchback and an estate, and prices start at £15,995.