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Old 11-12-2004, 06:55 PM   #1
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Thumbs up new focus

well peeps just had a look at the new focus! (euro edition) let me tell u wat we get! for 360 euro we get 16" alloys ,cruise control, trip cpu??(wat ever that is)

What is it?
Not so much what is it as what will it be? The answer is almost certainly the biggest selling car of 2005. And probably 2006 and 2007. The old car sold four million in six years - Ford hopes the new one will at least match that.

When's it due?
It'll take a bow at the Paris motor show at the end of September and be on sale in the UK in January 2005.

What are the engines and transmissions?
The evergreen 1.6-litre powerplant pioneers the use of Ford's new variable valve timing system, to increase power while reducing fuel consumption and hence emissions. It's even got a snappy name - Duratec Ti-VCT (Twin independent Cariable Cam Timing).

Petrol

1388cc, 78bhp, 91lb ft
1596cc, 98bhp, 110lb ft
1596cc VVT, 113bhp, 114lb ft
1999cc, 143bhp, 136lb ft
Diesel

1560cc, 108bhp, 176lb ft
1997cc, 134bhp, 236lb ft
What about the design?
Having made the great leap moving from the Escort to the Focus, Ford played most of its strong cards. But the new car, while looking much like the old one, is 40mm wider and has a 25mm longer wheelbase. The big news is the much more sharply sloped back end, which when combined with the more squat look, makes the new Focus look far sportier.

How fast does it go?

1.4-litre: 101mph, 14.1sec
1.6-litre: 111mph, 11.9sec
1.6-litre VVT: 117mph, 10.8sec
2.0-litre: 127mph, 9.2sec
1.6TDCi: 116mph, 10.9 sec
2.0TDCi: 125mph, 9.3sec
What does it cost?
No word yet, but Ford is hoping not to increase prices by much. That means the range would kick off at something like 11 grand for a basic 1.4-litre car and finish at 16.5k or so for an oil-burning Ghia.

What's new?
Everything you can see, but not that much of what you can't. Although the bodyshell and platform are new, the engines and transmissions are largely carried over - although that's no bad thing.

The handling should remain at the top of the class, but refinement and ride are said to be improved, along with high-speed stability. Interior space is also better, with a larger boot (now 385 litres), and more rear seat leg room.

The trim levels have also been rethought, with the new base model wearing Ambiente badges. At the top of the range you'll find Titanium models while underneath there are (in order of desirability) Trend, Sport and Ghia.

Any special features?
Ford has thrown all it has at the new Focus, with plenty of new technology:
Keyless entry and start
Bluetooth for your phone
Rear DVD option for the estate

and thats about it!!!!!!

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Old 11-12-2004, 06:57 PM   #2
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Old 11-12-2004, 06:58 PM   #3
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Old 11-12-2004, 07:09 PM   #4
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i would have to see it in person to see if i liked it. From the picture i dont like how the rear looks.

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Old 11-12-2004, 07:15 PM   #5
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Im not as impressed as I thought I would be. The ZX3 looks like a Puegot or whatever. I dont know how to spell it. Anyways, they should have stuck with the old design IMO.
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Old 11-12-2004, 07:19 PM   #6
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Old 11-12-2004, 07:41 PM   #7
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It is true that that car looks like French Car. I have to say its pretty good looking but not my style. I don't want to be bias here but I think SVT has a look.
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I like the gauges though. Nice.
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Old 11-13-2004, 01:41 AM   #9
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The interior looks very refined and polished. Your right about the outside looking like a Pugeot.
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Old 11-13-2004, 05:07 AM   #10
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Ha, ha... :-) OK, is Peugeot.
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