Ford Focus: Focus with a bang
BY DEAN STOCKLE/FAIRFAX NZ The new Focus looks like a real deal, but the new model is a big step backwards for the company’s long-term ambitions.
Key points:The Focus Focus is the first Ford vehicle to be built entirely in New Zealand, rather than ChinaThe Focus uses a carbon fibre body instead of the aluminium used in the company´s other carsThe Focus is available with either a front or rear fender for more aggressive handlingThe Focus, which will go on sale in late 2019, will be the first new Ford model built entirely by New Zealand and will use a carbon-fibre body instead to cut down on weight and improve handling.
Ford will make the Focus, or Focus RS, available in two trim levels – a base model with the standard fender, a front fender and a rear fenders for a price tag of $18,300, and a sportier model with an aggressive rear fending and more aggressive front fenders costing $23,000.
The fenders are made by a Taiwanese company and will have an aluminium body, but will have steel wheels instead of aluminum.
The carbon fibre is lighter and more durable than the aluminium, and the company will have more parts in its plant in Taiwan, making it more environmentally friendly.
It will have a range of options including a sporty front and a more aggressive rear, and it will come standard with the fender option, but it is not known if there will be an option for a fender swap.
Ford has a history of building models that were too light to be a serious contender in the sporty segment, and that trend is starting to reverse with the Focus.
Its aluminium body has been used for several Ford models since the late 1990s, but in the past few years Ford has been making more serious sporty models.
The Focus RS is the most aggressive model yet, with a rear wing and a carbon fiber body that has been engineered to be more aerodynamic and aerodynamic than aluminium, according to Ford.
It also comes with a carbon seatpost.
The new Focus will come with a 3.0-litre V6 engine with 265kW of torque and 310Nm of torque peak, according the automaker.
It will come equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox, which is standard on all Focus models.
It is also the first time a Ford Focus will be built by New Zealander Ford, and will be sold in the United States, where Ford is based.
In 2018, Ford sold 3.5 million Focus RS vehicles, but its sales are down by 15% since then.
The company expects that number to fall further to 1 million by 2021.
It comes at a time when Ford is also moving forward with its plans to open a new factory in China.
The company will be building a factory in Zhuhai, China, to make all of its Focus models in China, although it is yet to decide what its plant will be called.
Ford is the world’s second-largest automaker, with sales of around 15.3 million vehicles last year.
It has also been in talks with a Japanese automaker to build the Focus crossover.