Chief programme engineer for the new Ford Focus quits Ford to join yacht maker

The chief programme engineer for Ford’s all-new Focus has quit.

Jens Ludmann, who has worked at Ford for 10 years, is leaving the company to lead German luxury yacht maker Bavaria Yachtbau.

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The new Focus is the first model to be developed under CEO Alan Mulally’s ‘One Ford’ strategy; it will be the firm’s first truly global car, spawning 10 variants from electric cars and MPVs to a third-generation Focus RS.

Ludmann has previously overseen development of the Ford S-Max from concept to launch and the current generation Ford Mondeo.

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The new Focus will be sold in 122 countries and has the potential to become one of the biggest-selling Fords in history when production starts next year.

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12 July 2010

[quote Autocar]The chief programme engineer for Ford’s all-new Focus has quit[/quote] So, he wasn't sacked? or dismissed for making the car worse than the last generation? or because he admitted the car will be rubbish in an unofficial interview? disgreed with company marketing strategy? He just left for another job, hardly world shattering news is it as most of us have never heard of him or could say what impact he had when we go out and buy one next year. Bit of a non-story really.


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12 July 2010

I've noticed this on a lot of crossovers and have just noticed this on the focus in this trend of not painting the sills and lowest part of the bumpers. Does anyone have an insight into why this is being adopted? Is it a case of [not so subtle] cost cutting or is their another reason for this?

12 July 2010

Can't blame him really, in fact I'm impressed he didn't do anything more drastic after years of working on that transverse-engined, front wheel drive, mass-produced heap of junk.

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12 July 2010

I must admit, I was shocked when I saw pics of the Focus 3. Bland, boring and predictable front end, and rear lights that look as if the designer thought "Oooh, this car needs a little excitment so i'll draw a random squiggle for the rear lights".

If this chap was responsible for the look of the new Focus, and if he was also responsible for naming the S-max (Who names a car after a punishment for naiughty kids?) then good riddance!

12 July 2010

[quote PRODIGY]If this chap was responsible for the look of the new Focus, and if he was also responsible for naming the S-max (Who names a car after a punishment for naiughty kids?) then good riddance![/quote] He was probably responsible for the looks, driving characteristics and everything else that made the S-max an excellent car. Not to take anything away from the engineers, designers and also his bosses who would have signed off on several things. I do agree the next-gen Focus looks dull as can be and for the European market seems to offer NOTHING over the current-gen focus, except new engines that could have been dropped straight in. It's purely a cost-cutting exercise, using an old platform, but for the US market it will be a step forward as they're still on the mk1 platform - no doubt why they stuck with the mk2 platform for this one. Comparing torsional rigidity of the body the new focus will be over 30% behind the current Golf, which simply isn't good enough.

12 July 2010

[quote theonlydt]He was probably responsible for the looks, driving characteristics and everything else that made the S-max an excellent car. Not to take anything away from the engineers, designers and also his bosses who would have signed off on several things[/quote]

Good point, the S-max does drive very well and fits the needs of many people. I agree about cost-cutting. The Americans will love it, as you say they still have the MK1 but with a body derived from falling out of an ugly tree. Personally I think the current European Focus mk2.5 looks very very smart and as we all know it drives extremely well. I just hope the Focus 3 progresses the driving experience otherwise we could have the 1st bad review of a mid size Ford since the 1990 Escort!

12 July 2010

[quote PRODIGY]I just hope the Focus 3 progresses the driving experience otherwise we could have the 1st bad review of a mid size Ford since the 1990 Escort![/quote] I get the feeling that the mk3 focus will be behind the pack when it arrives. This is pure conjecture, but the step from the mk1 to the mk2.5 (as I will now call the "mk3") is pretty huge in terms of safety and strength, the step from the mk2 to 2.5 is pretty small according to everything that has been said. It won't be a flop, but I can't see it beating the Golf. The problem is that most cars on sale in the NA market aren't as good as in Europe, but they're also cheaper and so have to be built down to a price. The Ford "world car" seems flawed - I hate to say it, but the GM plan (shared platforms and engines, but mildly tailored for market) seems to have more mileage in it.

12 July 2010

Couldn't agree more DT :)

12 July 2010

[quote PRODIGY] Personally I think the current European Focus mk2.5 looks very very smart [/quote]

I agree , by Ford standards it is wonderfull. The Mk3 Focus looks like an overblown Fiesta.

14 July 2010

why do they keep telling us every new model is going to be the first world car, I can remember them doing this as far back as the mk3 escort, its even why the Mondeo is so named

as for how this look it just follows the pattern, design something sharp looking like the mk1 and then over each generation bloat it out

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