Planned as a new reveal at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, images have now leaked out of the Ford Focus refresh ahead of the event.  And as we know, what happens to the gas burning Focus, also happens to some degree to the Focus Electric as well. Gone is the classic compact Focus look in favor of the more aggressive Fusion styling (or Mondeo if you are Euro-based). The 2015 Ford Focus, the world’s best-selling nameplate, is expected to hold onto this coveted title with a bold new look that emulates other recent Ford vehicle designs and more advanced technologies that improve driver comfort and safety. The new look and added technologies were revealed today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry. In addition to a host of styling and technological advances, the new Focus will offer the remarkably efficient, fun-to-drive, award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine with a six-speed transmission – surpassing the fuel efficiency of the previous model, and once again raising the bar amongst the competition.
The smallest engine in the company’s growing EcoBoost family will increase the choice for Ford customers in the United States, as Fiesta is already available with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine. In Europe, where it is already on five nameplates, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost accounts for 32 percent of sales of the current-generation Focus and 26 percent of Fiesta sales this year. EcoBoost technology combines smaller-displacement engines with turbocharging, direct injection, variable valve timing and proprietary Ford software to bring customers outstanding performance and fuel economy. Inside, colors and materials have a clean, modern look, with satin chrome detailing, new seat trims, switches and an available heated steering wheel.
A package of sensors brings a new level of convenience for compact car customers by adding driver-assist technologies including a rearview camera and an available Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) and lane-keeping system.
Standard on Focus for the first time, the rearview camera will appear on either a 4.2-inch screen or the 8-inch screen that comes with MyFord Touch®-equipped cars.
BLIS uses two multiple-beam radar modules, the same used with cross-traffic alert, which are packaged in the rear quarter panels, one on each side. Should a Focus driver start to drift out of the current lane without a turn signal on, the available lane-keeping system provides a warning through a series of steering wheel vibrations that mimic a rumble strip.
New Focus drivers will also have access to powerful new capabilities thanks to a host of new functions developers can integrate as they modify their apps to communicate with enhanced SYNC® AppLink™. Android and iOS smartphone owners can download more than 60 AppLink-enabled apps from the Apple App Store and Android market.
Connected apps can access a variety of real-time vehicle data such as speed, acceleration, odometer and location information that can be used by the app to further customize and personalize the user experience. In addition to the many advancements in exterior styling, interior design, powertrain and technology, the new Focus will also benefit from suspension and chassis upgrades. It looks like Ford was working to bring the Focus hatch drag down to Fusion level or below, so it could offer similar or better hybrid mpg. Nissan never specifically claimed the headlight design was for aerodynamics in regards to overall drag.
I expect there to be very little difference between the Focus Electric than the ICE Focus style wise, except for closing off the front grilles like they are today, and making the LED fog lamps standard. Yeah, anyone wanting to load large, single items in the back– will be sorely disappointed.
Here’s to hoping for improved battery packaging and improved cargo capacity in the updated Focus EV. Without the cargo organizer there to provide a large flat surface, carrying certain larger items might be a lot more cumbersome than without it.
I think the whole trunk space issue is overblown, compared to the benefits of EV ownership. But with the big bump in the way, it really makes it difficult to carry large objects – (flat pack) furniture, skis, bikes, etc. Still waiting for Ford to update 2015 Focus production schedule, 2014 start date for Focus and Escape was July for NA.
That’s the big one, for all that some like to claim that they only ever travel with a spare packet of tissues and a packet of sweets.

My wife initially said it was a dealbreaker for her when she saw the photos of the Cmax Energi online.
Ford already committed to offering a Combo Charger in 2014, and the Focus Electric is the only option for an install. Wonder if it will still fit behind the funky little round chargeport door on the front quarter panel? If Ford would bump up their Energi cars to 16KWH of batteries, they would really have something. I was considering an i3, but the above limitations (along with the high price) killed it for me. Unfortunately in the US the RE is not driver controllable so as to comply with Californian regulations.
They have heavily compromised the potential of the i3 in search of compliance, too heavily in my view as the petrol tank is smaller than it needs to be and they have crossed it with a lawnmover as the RE. The labelling of the photos is a bit confusing, but the station wagon as they are called in the States or estate car as we say in the UK has much more substantial load carrying capacity, particularly for awkward or bulky objects. First previewed in concept form a year ago, Ford’s second-generation S-Max has now been revealed ahead of its world debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show on October 2. The S-Max is a small MPV that sits above the C-Max compact MPV already sold here and the larger Galaxy MPV which is also about to undergo a redesign. Inside, a seven-seat layout is featured, with both the second and third rows getting power-folding seats.
Tech goodies include Ford’s new Adaptive Steering system (adjusts the steering ratio and effort required depending on vehicle speed),  an automatic parking system for parallel and perpendicular spots, lane-keep assist and warning systems for blind spot and cross traffic. Engine options will consist of four-cylinder units, both in gasoline and diesel flavors, all all-wheel drive will be offered on the S-Max for the first time with the arrival of the new generation. Nach Ford Mondeo, Ford Fiesta und Ford Focus, erhalt auch der Ford C-Max ein uberarbeitetes Modell und zeigt sich ab 2015 im neuen Gewand.
Das neue Familiengesicht soll den als Funf- und Siebensitzer erhaltlichen C-Max auf den ersten Blick als Ford erkennen lassen. Der Innenraum zeigt sich mit dem acht Zoll gro?en Multifunktionsbildschirm fur die Bedienung zahlreicher Funktionen nunmehr wertiger und aufgeraumter als bisher. Mit dem neuen Bediensystem SYNC 2 reicht es, zum Beispiel dem Navigationssystem eine Zieladresse in einem Satz mitzuteilen. Kerntriebwerk bleibt der ein Liter gro?e Dreizylinder mit Turboaufladung, der mit 100 und 125 PS.
Fur Sicherheit und Komfort an Bord sorgen Ein- und Ausparkassistent, Abstandstempomat, Active City Stop, und der Kreuzungsassistent. Der Alfa Tipo 512 hatte ein gro?artiger Rennwagen werden konnen, mit unglaublichen Leistungswerten. Citroen hat seinen Bestseller neu aufgelegt: Mit einer heiteren Farbmischpalette und viel freundlichem Komfort soll der C3 die Marke nach vorne bringen.
Nahert man sich vorurteilsfrei, wird man im gelifteten Mitsubishi Space Star Potential entdecken.
Abonniere jetzt unseren kostenlosen Autorevue Newsletter & sichere dir 5 Euro Gutschrift fur unseren Webshop! Twice already, automotive journalists have named Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost powerplant International Engine of the Year, for 2012 and 2013.
Robust demand for the 1.0-liter in Europe has prompted Ford to double production capacity at its state-of-the-art plant in Cologne, Germany, to more than 1,000 engines a day. Ford EcoBoost engines can deliver significantly better fuel economy than larger-displacement gasoline engines. It features a restyled hood and grille, signature lighting for the headlamps and taillamps, new rear lamp clusters and a restyled trunk lid.

Storage is improved with a new center console incorporating adjustable cupholders, and a new, easier-to-access glove box.
The radar identifies when a vehicle enters the defined blind spot zone and illuminates an indicator light on the corresponding sideview mirror, providing a warning that a vehicle is approaching. If the unintended lane departure is not corrected by the driver, the aid function of the system actively applies steering torque to help the driver direct the car back toward the center of the current lane. Best of all, alerts are available any time a mobile device is connected to SYNC AppLink, even if the app is not currently active.
These include a new shock absorber valve design providing improved interior quietness, a new electronic stability program system with less intrusion and improved comfort, and a change to the rear suspension to give drivers a more connected feel to the road.
Several times they mentioned how their headlamps direct wind away from the side mirrors, helping reduce drag. I appreciate his thoughtful opinions, and he pays very careful attention to details which he repeats in the comments to good effect, often supporting or contradicting an article quite effectively. But when we test drove one in person, upon closer inspection, we realized we could put just about anything we wanted to back there and even she was okay with it.
If you see an orange cap (which is the safety warning color for all high voltages), then it has the fast DC charging feature. This is in sharp contrast to a true EREV like the Volt which gives a similar driving experience regardless of mode.
There is an under served market for wagons in the US because a lot of people want the extra cargo space without the fuel consumption of an SUV.
The vehicle rides on Ford’s front-wheel-drive CD4 platform, which underpins vehicles like the Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, meaning it could potentially be built at the same plants as its platform mates.
Other convenience features include a hands-free tailgate, electrically adjustable steering column and available massage function for the seats. To see what else will be on show at the Paris Auto Show next month, head to our dedicated hub.
Dabei sollen neue Motoren, ein kantigeres Markengesicht und einfachere Bedienung die Eckpunkte des Erfolgs werden. Wichtiger sind die jedoch die Uberarbeitungen am Motorenangebot, die deutlich bessere Bedienung im Innern und eine komfortable elektrische Heckklappe. Neu sind 1,5 Liter gro?e Benziner, die die bisherigen 1,6-Liter-Varianten ablosen und 150 sowie 182 PS leisten.
But the casual way he states his opinions and wishes as if they were insider facts crosses the line of propriety. Most folks that complain about its trunk space haven’t seen it in person, much less lived with it. And because BMW made the gas tank so crazy small, you may just experience gasoline range anxiety instead of EV range anxiety.
Das aktuelle Modell, als C-Max und Grand C-Max mit normalem und langem Radstand zu bekommen, hat europaweit einen Segmentanteil von zwolf Prozent. Der neue C-Maxist das jungste Modell, das von diesem konsequenten Neuansatz profitiert“, erlautert Joel Piaskowski, Designdirektor von Ford Europa.
On some US highways, the distance between gas stops actually exceeds the i3 gas+electric range. They aren’t producing Focus BEVs in one year compared to what is sold in one month by the current Energi models.

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