Ford releases pictures of the next-gen Focus's altitude testing

Ford has released pictures of the next-generation Focus in high-altitude testing on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road in the Austrian Alps.

The 48km long High Alpine Road climbs to a height of 2504 metres and is located near the tallest mountain in Austria, the Grossglockner.

See official pics of the next-generation Focus in altitude testing

The Ford team is covering around 125 miles up and down hill every day in a variety of different models, both petrol and diesel.

Bernd Herweling, Ford’s vehicle integration engineer, says: “We’re evaluating driveability on steep mountain roads from a customer perspective. The bottom line is we’re here to find out how the car performs driving up and down seriously steep hills.

“The Grossglockner is ideal for this. It’s pretty much a constant 12 per cent gradient all the way up to the 2400 metre mark. Up there the air is a lot thinner so the engine has to work harder.”

The test schedule involves driving the Focus uphill in first, second and third gear, before erecting a wind deflector around the bonnet to trap heat inside the engine compartment. After five minutes, the car is driven back down the hill to test the brakes.

The next generation Ford Focus made its European debut at the Geneva motor show and will arrive in showrooms in 2011.

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2 August 2010

Interesting to read about their testing procedures from the customer perspective. I wonder how many of the manufacturers also solicit opinions from the motoring press during the testing phase. I can see the problems with confidentiality but I wouldn't be surprised if it goes on at some level. Or perhaps they employ former car journalists to become test drivers.


2 August 2010

Whats the point of this, and why the disguise anyway when we all know what it looks like?

2 August 2010

I hope they offer that disguise as an option. The new Focus looks pretty poor to my eyes.

jch

2 August 2010

Why the "modesty panel" around the front of the parked car, when the front aspect is obvious in other views?

3 August 2010

[quote jch]Why the "modesty panel" around the front of the parked car, when the front aspect is obvious in other views?[/quote]

"The test schedule involves driving the Focus uphill in first, second and third gear, before erecting a wind deflector around the bonnet to trap heat inside the engine compartment. After five minutes, the car is driven back down the hill to test the brakes."

Try reading the article...

7 August 2010

There are full undisguised pictures in the latest What Car

7 August 2010

[quote Bolida]There are full undisguised pictures in the latest What Car[/quote]

No wonder they disguised the bonnet in the Autocar pictures - the badge and bonnet bulge look so Kia.


7 August 2010

Such a shame that so many of the main players in this segment (Ford, Vauxhall, Citroen VW, etc) are playing it so safe at the moment. Even the Giulietta has that generic Astra/Mazda 3-type rear end. Its all rather uninspiring...

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