Archive for the ‘Ford Focus’ Category
Ford announced Wednesday that production of the 2012 Focus Electric, the company’s first five-seater, all-electric, gasoline-free vehicle, has begun. The Focus Electric will have a fuel efficiency rating of 100MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) and joins Ford’s line of fuel efficient hybrid vehicles, including the C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi. It will be the first electric vehicle to be powered at 240-volt outlets, providing a full charge in approximately three to four hours. Owners who don’t want to install a $1,500 240V home-charging system (set to be available at Best Buy) can use household 120V outlets, allowing the car to charge in 18–20 hours.
The Focus Electric debuted at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and uses unique technology in its heating and cooling system. While not nearly the most powerful car on the market – it clocks in at 123hp and has a top speed of 84mph – the Focus Electric’s quick charging time, family-sized seating room, and incredible fuel efficiency make it ideal for commuters. Its battery – approximately the same size as that in the Nissan Leaf – has an estimated range of 70 miles per charge.
sources: social.ford.com, caranddriver.com
In addition to winning a previous comparison test against several competing models, the Focus exceeded the Civic in virtually every category in the latest head-to-head comparison. The editors first praised the all-new design of the Focus, which features a sporty, updated look while the newest Civic design was referred to as “middle of the road”. The reviewers also loved the way the Focus felt on the pavement, with a “firm” ride and solid structure.
The Focus features greater power than the Civic, with the 2.0-liter engine resulting in 160 hp and 146 lb-ft. of torque. The publication also mentioned that the dual-clutch automatic transmission feels more like a conventional automatic, and provides greater control as it is a 6-speed vs. the 5-speed transmission of the 2012 Civic. The review concluded with the Focus being called “the most refined vehicle in an otherwise dull segment”.
We’re thrilled about what the 2012 Focus has to offer, and we would love to take you for a test drive! Stay tuned here and on our Facebook page for the latest news on 2012 Ford models.
Ford continues to lead the way in the ever-changing realm of technology, and we’re excited for the innovative 2012 Ford Focus at Damerow Ford! In addition to a long list of interior features and design upgrades, the 2012 Focus delivers an all-new chassis and suspension that’s tighter and better than ever. It also comes with a new cornering assist system that results in exceptional handling and a driving experience that is unmatched by any competitor. Come in for a test drive or build your own 2012 Focus right from our website!
What you might not have heard of, however, is the upcoming 2012 Ford Focus ST. Motor Trend recently got a surface-level glimpse of what’s to come with the ST model, snapping photos during Ford’s recent performance testing.
While conclusions are fairly slim at this point, we have lots to look forward to. The models that were spotted, which were figured to be stock models, included a thin metal pipe for the ST-exclusive center exhaust, smoky gray rims, and a sleek exterior design. The upcoming model also promises to have impressive performance, sporting a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine which Motor Trend estimates will yield approximately 250 horsepower.
We look forward to its reveal as Ford continues testing!
Wonder how one car company can achieve such exceptional fuel economy across dozens of models? It turns out that good old-fashion hard work, preparation, and scientific research in Ford’s wind tunnel are the keys to creating the most aerodynamic designs possible.
It is only by this level of attention that Ford’s aerodynamicists (yes, this is a real job title) accomplished 40MPG in the 2012 Focus. They employed an innovative new active grille shutter system that opens during low-speed, stop-and-go-driving and closes during higher, steady speeds to achieve optimal aerodynamics and fuel-efficiency. This system is thought to be the future for other Ford models as well, and we will almost certainly see imitations from competitors with Ford leading the pack.
Through painstaking detail work, Ford designers and aerodynamicists have also delivered impressive fuel-economy results with the all-new Ford Explorer and Flex Crossover. The Explorer delivers a very solid 25 highway MPG through optimal balance between aerodynamic details such as the front airways, sideview mirrors, and rear spoiler. Watch the video below to get the full scoop!
Industry professionals and car enthusiasts alike have been anticipating the day when Ford would make its C1 platform available in America. That day has finally arrived and the wait is over, with the introduction of the 2012 Ford Focus Titanium.
According to a recent Auto Blog review, the somewhat skeptical editors were impressed with its overall design, handling, power and fuel-efficiency. The test model was equipped with the Titanium Handling Package, which delivered sharp turns and quick response with an impressive EPA fuel economy of 27/37 MPG. The new design also earned major points when onlookers stopped to inquire about the vehicle as editors gave it a routine post-test wash.
We spent just one week with the 2012 Ford Focus, but that was plenty enough for us to realize that it’s a worthy contender in the hotly contested compact car segment. – Jeremy Korzeniewski AutoBlog.com
For those craving a class-competitive compact in the U.S. market, the 2012 Focus proves to be a global contender.
As Motor Trend reports, the 2.0 GDI engine (which is featured in the 2012 Ford Focus) is naturally aspirated with gas direct-injection. This is a first for Ford, who is equally thrilled about the GDI as the highly anticipated EcoBoost engine.
In addition to upgrading “everything”, Ford I-4 engine program manager Scott Markowski describes the engine design as all-aluminum with a stainless steel fuel rail on the side of the cylinder. Its high-pressure solenoid injectors have the ability to pump 2200 to 2800 psi, compared to 600-700 psi for the typical port fuel injection system.
So what does this mean for your adventure on the road? For starters, you’ll experience 160 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 146 foot-pound at 4450 rpm. If that’s not enough, the 2012 Focus achieves 40 highway MPG, making it a tremendous value.
Stay tuned for updates on 2012 model inventory!
The 2012 Ford Focus Titanium beat out the 2011 Chevy Cruze LTZ in nearly every category in a recent comparison test by Edmunds inside Line. Editors at Inside Line took the top trim level of each vehicle to test just how far small American cars have come. Both models offer power windows and locks, power seats, automatic climate control, cruise control and Bluetooth as standard features. The Focus, however, stood above the Cruze in handling, interior design, fuel-efficiency and track handling.
See for yourself how the two vehicles measured up in this short video:
After recent wins in Sweden during the World Rally Championships with the Fiesta, Ford rolled out its newest racing hopeful – the 2012 Ford Focus Touring Car at the Geneva Auto Show. As Motor Trend reports, Ford announced last winter its interest in using the new global 2012 Focus as platform for touring car races around the world, including the British Touring Car Championship.
Developed in partnership with BTCC veterans Arena Motorsport, the Focus Touring has a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, which has been slightly modified to meet the FIA’s S2000 class regulations. It is also equipped with a roll cage built to meet FIA standards.
This new BTCC Focus is the first result of a collaborative effort between Ford and race teams around the world that have already built and raced successful Focus race cars. – Jost Capito, Ford’s director of global performance vehicles
While other modification details were unavailable during the show, the Focus body sported flared fenders, slammed ride height, and wild rear wing. We can’t wait to see it in action.
For car enthusiasts, the 2012 Ford Focus is a much anticipated and long overdue vehicle. Many fans have been awaiting the day that the American market would experience some of the top-notch Ford vehicles only available in Europe. And they may just find satisfaction in the radically improved Focus.
In a recent Motor Trend review, the new Focus proved to be a solid, confident performer in both the sedan and four-door styles. Touted changes included the combination of the new direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with the well-chosen gear ratios that make the engine feel stronger than the numbers may suggest. The optional five-speed manual and comfortable front bucket seats also won mentions.
As has been the trend amongst compact sedans lately, the Ford Focus has vaulted from forgettable to formidable in one fell swoop. The improvements to the new car are night and day compared to what we had, and we’d expect no less from an all-new car. – Scott Evans, Motor Trend Magazine