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Ford has just released new images of their 2011 Focus at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The new Focus has been developed by a worldwide team with major input from Germany, Britain and the United States. From the initial pics it looks as though Ford have thrown their current Focus RS model in the blender with the best of Chris Bangle’s flame surfacing from BMW, smoothed the edges out a bit and voila—a new Focus! Overall, though, its cuts a striking shape and definitely stands out among its mid class rivals. Since 1998 the Focus has been acknowledged as one of the class leaders when it comes to driving duties and overall handling. More pics of the hatch and sedan models follow after the jump, along with an extensive press release from Ford UK. BRENTWOOD, Essex – Monday, 11 January, 2010 – The next-generation Ford Focus makes its worldwide debut today at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, providing customers with more affordable technologies and features than ever in this segment, as well as detailed craftsmanship, outstanding fuel economy and a new standard for driving quality.
Both the four-door saloon and five-door hatchback body styles of the next-generation Focus are previewed prior to their production start for Europe and North America late in 2010 and market launch early in 2011.
The new Focus will be nearly identical in all markets, with 80 per cent parts commonality around the world. Production of the next-generation Ford Focus will begin simultaneously in Europe and North America in late 2010, with individual market launches starting early in 2011. The new Focus will be one of up to 10 unique models to be built from Ford’s new C-car platform, which is expected to generate total sales in all regions of two million units annually by 2012. The new Ford Focus has been developed by a global team, led from Ford’s European small and medium vehicle centre of excellence in Merkenich, near Cologne, Germany, with powertrain development led by a similar team at Ford’s technical centre in Dunton, England. In developing the vehicle for global markets, the product team in Europe was able to call on the experience acquired from recent programs like the much-acclaimed new Ford Fiesta, and was supported by the expertise of vehicle and powertrain technology specialists located in Ford’s engineering centre in Dearborn, Mich.
The two models share a sporty and dynamic character, marking the next evolution of Ford’s acclaimed kinetic design form language. With its striking front end, sleek profile, dramatic rising beltline and athletic stance, the new Focus clearly telegraphs the rewarding driving experience that awaits customers when they take to the road. Introduced in 1998, the original Ford Focus brought new levels of agility and responsiveness to the C-segment.
Engineers have updated the innovative suspension concepts from prior models, developing optimised new designs for the “control blade” multilink rear suspension and the semi-isolated front and rear subframes. All global customers will benefit from the same quality of dynamic performance in the new Focus. The engaging driver appeal of the new Ford Focus is magnified by a powertrain range that delivers spirited performance and targets outstanding levels of fuel economy and CO2 emissions. The global powertrain lineup for the new Focus will include a range of state-of-the-art Ford EcoBoost™ four-cylinder turbocharged direct injection (DI) engines – including the 1.6-litre unit in Europe and a choice of advanced and improved Duratorq TDCi common-rail diesel engines, all of which offer reductions in fuel consumption of between 10 and 20 per cent compared to the outgoing models. The technology package of the new Focus promises not only clear leadership in the C-segment, but also includes features customers in larger, more premium segments would find surprising.

MyFord is complemented by a new generation of Ford’s powerful SYNC® connectivity package, which includes a sophisticated voice control system, Bluetooth and satellite navigation, along with connection points for a variety of devices and media players. The Focus platform provides an incredibly strong and stiff structure, which not only benefits vehicle dynamics and refinement but also provides the basis for enhanced crash performance. The new Focus will make significant strides in reducing cabin noise, promising a quiet cabin environment. Each component in the vehicle that the customer will touch, see, hear or even smell has been subjected to rigorous analysis to ensure that it will exceed an owner’s expectations. Ford has developed a global DNA standard that defines the exact attributes a part should have to meet the quality requirements of the brand.
This meticulous attention to detail is also reflected in Ford’s global manufacturing strategy for the Focus, with consistent standards and processes being applied in every one of the assembly plants, wherever they are located in the world. These are the first spy pictures of the facelifted Toyota GT86, which is expected to be unveiled towards the end of next year and go on sale in time for the 2017 model year.
A wider front bumper is the most obvious change on this latest GT86, complete with a wider air intake and redesigned light clusters.
No mechanical upgrades are expected in this latest series of updates, meaning power and torque outputs from the GT86's 2.0-litre flat-four boxer engine will remain the same as before, at 197bhp and 151lb ft respectively. Although a low-volume model, the GT86 continues to be a success story for Toyota, with 1042 examples sold in this country in 2014 and 455 units sold in the first eight months of this year. Get the latest car news, reviews and galleries from Autocar direct to your inbox every week. In reality it's a cheapish rwd coupe with good handling and an under torqued engine, not hugely different from what mazda has been offering with the mx 5 for decades . The 1042 examples sold in this country last year doesn't sound like many, perhaps not even enough to cover the firm's advertising budget. The 488's incredible engine and handling and open-top experience make for something very special indeed. The Isuzu D-Max is starting to show its age; after a drive in the range-topping Blade version, is it still competitive? Production will commence later this year, with European and North American sales to commence simultaneously in early 2011.
The Focus will initially be built in three plants— Saarlouis (Germany), Michigan (United States) and Chongqing (China).
Initial production will be concentrated at the Saarlouis (Germany), Michigan (United States) and Chongqing (China) Assembly Plants. The first of these will be the new Ford C-MAX and Ford Grand C-MAX – unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show – for launch in Europe in the second half of 2010. The vehicle has been engineered without compromise to meet all customer and legislative requirements of the major worldwide markets. The new Focus has an extremely modern, cockpit-style interior, with the stylish centre console wrapped around the driver and providing outstanding access to the vehicle’s major controls and display panels.

The cabin’s bold and contemporary graphics, the sculptured shape of the soft-touch instrument panel and the choice of superior trim materials all help to give occupants the feeling that they are travelling in a premium-class car. The all-new Focus plans to raise the benchmark once more, targeting class-leading driving quality that blends outstanding steering precision and road feedback with significantly improved refinement and ride control.
Identical chassis and suspension architecture is being used for all markets, except for minor regional tuning differences, such as local tyre specifications. The new technologies have been designed to be simple and highly intuitive to use, while enhancing both convenience and safety for the vehicle occupants including driver connect technology, MyFord, which provides the driver with a state-of-the-art combination of controls and display screens to operate the key vehicle features.
This refinement complements the fresh new interior design and higher craftsmanship levels to create a premium feel akin to larger vehicles. Particular attention has been given to the quality of interior trim materials, and the colour matching, gaps, flushness and tolerances where one part meets another. Examples include the sound the door makes when it is closed, requiring special attention to the door structure and latch mechanism, and the design of a steering wheel, right down to the thickness of padding and size of stitching on the rim. At the rear, a reprofiled rear bumper and boot-mounted spoiler can be seen, alongside larger dual exhausts. The standard GT86 can reach 62mph from a standing start in 7.6 seconds, and has a top speed of 140mph. Those changes involved a series of subtle styling changes as well as the launch of a new entry-level model, the ?22,700 Primo edition. Now we are to suffer a deluge of articles for the next 2 years regarding a face lift of the gt86. What matters are worldwide sales, or sales in the US which I would imagine is the major market.
What does this 567bhp range-topping brute have to offer, seeing as it costs more than ?100,000?
In a true global car program the Focus will share parts from a minimum of 80% in all markets. The same updates also allowed the GT86's engine to comply to stricter Euro 6 emissions standards. It's good to see that development of the GT86 continues though, even if does just mean some new lights and bumpers. It seems such a shame that buyers no longer aspire towards this sort of car, preferring pimped up SUVs instead.

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