On sale in early 2011; artist's rendering of the new car

The all-new Ford Focus will arrive in showrooms in early 2011 with the aim of finally dethroning the Volkswagen Golf as western Europe’s best-selling car, according to company sources.

The new Focus won’t just be 
a key player in Europe, either; it’s set to become a global car, to be sold in North America. The US version will be unveiled at the Detroit show in January, before the European car.

See the rendering in hi-res - plus latest spy pictures of the next Ford Focus

The new Focus will go on sale after the launch of the recently unveiled C-Max five and seven-seat MPVs, the first models based on what Ford sources call “an all-new, global platform”.

The production version of the C-Max, to be built in Spain, is set to be launched at next September’s Paris show. The seven-seat version is heading for the US along with the Focus.

Design sources say Ford is going to make the new Focus much sportier and more coupé-like than the current model.

“The hatchback Focus will be relatively lower and sportier than the C-Max you saw at the Frankfurt show,” said our insider. “The important point is that there will be much more differentiation in terms of the relative stance and the H-point between the hatches and C-Max than on the current models.”

The H-point is designer shorthand for the position of the driver’s hip point, which in practice means that the upcoming three and five-door Focus hatchbacks will have lower seating positions and markedly low-roofed styling.

The Focus’s chassis is also likely to be more sportily tuned than that of the C-Max, which is aimed at families and older drivers who appreciate the higher seating position.

The Focus will also get its own interior design theme, with the dash angled towards the driver to deliver more of a cockpit-like feel.

The new Focus will be powered by a new range of ‘Ecoboost’ downsized turbocharged petrol engines.

“The plan is for all our petrol cars to have smaller-capacity, direct-injection turbocharged engines,” said one source. “We especially have to meet the average CO2 target figure that has been set in the European Union, but downsized turbocharged engines are already proving popular in North America as well.”

One casualty of the move to greater fuel efficiency will be the five-cylinder Volvo-derived engine that powers today’s Focus ST. The next generation of the model is likely to be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-pot, which can develop as much as 276bhp.

Aside from its range of diesel engines, Ford is working on a new range of super-frugal three-cylinder turbo petrol units, with capacities “much smaller than 1.6 litres”.

These engines are likely to be sized around 1.0 and 1.2 litres and are expected to become more popular when tough EU emissions rules make diesel engines increasingly expensive. A number of makers (including Renault and Nissan) are working on similar powerplants because the upcoming EU5 and EU6 emissions regs will force expensive de-pollution kit to be fitted to diesels.

This move will make small diesels too expensive to be fitted to superminis and many cheaper Focuses. Ford hopes that the three-pot petrol motors will offer the performance and fuel economy of a typical small diesel.

Hilton Hlloway

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23 October 2009

So, if the Autocar pics are right, just a swollen Fiesta then...

Why do some manufacturers seem to think that all their car ranges just have to be different sized versions of the same design. Its very tedious.

In the late nineties Ford had their 'new edge' styling theme, which I thought was great. The Ka, Puma and Focus all had their own individual style, yet somehow also had elements which tied them together.

23 October 2009

Funny how nobody ever comments on how Mercs, BMW's and Audi's all look exactly alike!!!

You could easily say most manufacturers have a "swollen" or shrunken version of a car, eg new polo and golf.

23 October 2009

HECHO EN MEXICO, ES NO BUENO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MUY RUBBISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

23 October 2009

[quote HyundaiSmoke]

HECHO EN MEXICO, ES NO BUENO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MUY RUBBISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

[/quote]

What a suprise it's not a Hyundai, but will be a better drive and have better engines and let's be honest a bit more stylish. We have the i30 aka BMW 1 Series clone not a bad car but not a great car either.

23 October 2009

I dont uderstand Fords current design trends . More sporty = harsher ride on our potholed roads. Lower = less glass area so harder to see out of. Doubtless more chrome trim inside to reflect on the windscreen mirrors etc making it even harder to see out of.

Is there really a demand for this in the small family car sector ? Good job the C max is coming as I would much rather have one of em as it may be much more practical as a family car. ie it will cope with a trip to IKEA the local tip and I can get my mountain bike in the back without faff. Commuting comfortably to work. Boring stuff I know but I am sure the mundane is what most of us use our cars for. To compete with the golf it needs class something Fords will never have I am afraid.

Surely if you would want something sporty for the same sort of money you would buy a Scirocco ?

23 October 2009

[quote Old Toad]I dont uderstand Fords current design trends . More sporty = harsher ride on our potholed roads. Lower = less glass area so harder to see out of. Doubtless more chrome trim inside to reflect on the windscreen mirrors etc making it even harder to see out of.[/quote] Because some of the people who can only afford one car want to be able to enjoy that car, so they want it to look good and hadle well, but still be reasonably practical? How many times would most people actually use the extra space of a C-Max or similar?

[quote Old Toad]To compete with the golf it needs class something Fords will never have I am afraid.[/quote]

Badge snobbery I'm afraid, just assuming that the Focus won't be as good before you've even seen it. Especially when VW admitted one of their main aims of the new golf was too make it cheaper than the previous one.

23 October 2009

[quote Autocar]The all-new Ford Focus will arrive in showrooms in early 2011 with the aim of finally dethroning the Volkswagen Golf as western Europe’s best-selling car, according to company sources.
[/quote]

It will never outsell the Golf in europe because most european countries don't take Ford products that seriously. The Germans for instance, europes biggest market see Fords as being slightly lower down the food chain than Opels. It'll have no chance in that market against the Golf. However good it is it will only sell in very large numbers in the UK to fleet and hire companies.

As for the pictures, as others have said it looks like a Fiesta. Oh dear.

23 October 2009

[quote Old Toad]

I dont uderstand Fords current design trends . More sporty = harsher ride on our potholed roads. Lower = less glass area so harder to see out of. Doubtless more chrome trim inside to reflect on the windscreen mirrors etc making it even harder to see out of.

Is there really a demand for this in the small family car sector ? Good job the C max is coming as I would much rather have one of em as it may be much more practical as a family car. ie it will cope with a trip to IKEA the local tip and I can get my mountain bike in the back without faff. Commuting comfortably to work. Boring stuff I know but I am sure the mundane is what most of us use our cars for. To compete with the golf it needs class something Fords will never have I am afraid.

Surely if you would want something sporty for the same sort of money you would buy a Scirocco ?

[/quote]

That is exactly how Ford want the new focus to be pitched, more of a Sport hatch than family car and let the C Max take the more practical family car sales. Suppose in a way a 5 door coupe.....

23 October 2009

'New Focus targets Golf'. Now there's a surprise. This writer is obviously exhausted.

23 October 2009

if you want to see the pictures of hte new focus (artists impressions) go to AutoExpress website; there are easy to find.

i would also say that Ford is easily in the same bracket as VW and the new cars will be even better and ample to beat the golf.

what is funny about the Old Toad post is exactly what he says i.e. he does not want one of the sport cars (targeted at folks that what those cars), but would like a c-max, HELLO! you have accurately defined the makets the new Focus range (each model) fits in/is targetted at!

there are supposed to be bringing out a new Capri within the same range and thus the Ford range will compete with the VW range on all levels; Lincoln will then be brough over to the EU to compete with Audi and then the transformation is complete; I would imagine.

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