The car was revealed to the public on Monday, January the 11th, and will be available to the U.S. and European public from the first quarter of 2011. Eventually, the vehicle will be sold in 122 markets, with up to 80 percent parts commonality. It will be built on Ford’s new C platform, which will be found under 10 different models. The new Focus promises to be a car that will raise the bar in its segment.
"This was a unanimous vote, one of the few in the history of the AutoWeek award," said Wes Raynal, editor of AutoWeek and autoweek.com. "This car gives Ford and Focus fans their car back. By that we mean enthusiasts have been crying for the European Focus for years and we're finally getting our wish. We also think it's a perfect platform for an SVT version. The car goes on sale in 2011 powered by a sporty four-cylinder engine mated to a DSG transmission, and we can't wait to drive it."
The new Focus has also been given another distinction, reaching the 1st position in the Kelley Blue Book’s (KBB) top 10 NAIAS cars.
"We are delighted and humbled with the initial response to the next-generation Ford Focus," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president for Global Product Development. "The new Focus is a direct result of our new global product development system and perhaps the best example yet of what we believe a global Ford product should be – great to look at, great to sit in and great to drive. This is truly ONE Ford in action."
We’re glad that Ford has finally brought the U.S. Focus to a good standard and, as with the new Fiesta, we’re so impatient to see the hot version.