New Handling Packages for the 2012 Ford Focus

Getting ready for the official release onto the American market of the new generation Focus, US manufacturer Ford spares no expense when it comes to advertising the product which will slowly become one of the strong points of the carmaker in the years to come.

When it will arrive in US dealerships in early 2011, the Focus will be offered in SE and Titanium trim levels, enhanced by what Ford calls handling packages. Comprising a series of technologies which range from specifically tuned electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) to independent Control Blade rear suspension and torque vectoring control, the packages promise to make the model more controllable than ever.

"Our enthusiast customers told us exactly what they want in an all-new Focus," said Mark Rushbrook, Ford vehicle dynamics manager for the 2012 Ford Focus. "They asked us to give Focus more responsive handling, and they asked that we develop and offer a factory-engineered handling package with beefier suspension hardware. We’ve done just that, fine-tuning a pair of available packages for mid-level SE and up-range Titanium models."

For the SE, the carmaker will offer a rear spoiler and SelectShift Automatic functionality for manual override gear selection. The Titanium brings to the market sport-tuned suspension as standard, complete with stiffer springs and dampers. 18-inch alloys, low-profile summer performance tires and a trunk-mounted full-size spare are also up for grabs in the handling package.

"Serious drivers looking for even more grip in the corners will really appreciate the SE Sport and Titanium Handling Packages,"
added Mark Rushbrook.
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