All-new Focus Ready For Car of the Year Battle Johannesburg Motor Show

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  • All-new Focus named a finalist in this year’s South African Guild of Motoring Journalists Car of the Year competition
  • All-new Focus 2.0 TDCi Trend PowerShift sedan one of ten finalists selected from a list 320 eligible models and derivatives

PRETORIA, South Africa, 06 October 2011 – The all-new Focus 2.0 TDCi Trend PowerShift sedan has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious 2012 South African Guild of Motoring Journalists Car of the Year competition. The finalists were revealed this evening at the Johannesburg International Motor Show.

“A jury of South Africa’s leading motoring journalists have selected the all-new Focus as one of the most outstanding vehicles launched in the last year,” says Ford Marketing Manager, Ben Pillay. “Over 320 models and derivatives were introduced over the period, of those 25 vehicles were selected as semi-finalists, with the all-new Focus 2.0 TDCi Trend PowerShift sedan making it down to the short list of ten vehicles that will go head-to-head in the final judging competition.”

This final list will make it to the track judging days at Gerotek in February 2012, and the announcement of the winner will only come after this stringent voting process has been completed and the physical testing of the eligible cars is completed.

The all-new Focus 2.0 TDCi Trend PowerShift sedan was launched in July this year, and boasts expressive design, affordable innovation, superior quality, responsive performance and exceptional fuel economy.

The all-new Focus 2.0 TDCi Trend PowerShift sedan was a popular choice among the jury. The 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi engine produces 120 kW @ 3 750 rpm and 340 @ 2000-3250rpm. It emits just 139g/km of CO2 and uses just 5.3 litres/100km on a combined cycle. The state-of-the-art TDCi engine is complemented by the smooth and efficient Ford PowerShift 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

The 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine has been completely updated to deliver improved performance, fuel economy and refinement. The latest TDCi engine benefits from a comprehensive set of changes including a next-generation combustion system design, higher-pressure common-rail fuel injection systems and smaller, low-inertia variable-geometry turbochargers.

When it was introduced globally in 1998, the original Focus brought new levels of agility and
responsiveness to the small car segment. The all-new Focus has raised the benchmark once again, with outstanding steering precision and road feedback with significantly improved refinement and ride control.

Ford engineers enhanced the all-new Focus’ cornering stability and agility with the introduction of an advanced Torque Vectoring Control system that acts like a limited-slip differential. It also features a state of the art Control Blade Independent rear suspension and the semi-isolated front subframe.

The new chassis design incorporates a completely new Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system, which has been tuned to deliver precise response at speed while remaining light and manoeuvrable for easy parking.

The all-new Focus 2.0 TDCi Trend PowerShift sedan boasts impressive safety equipment including ABS brakes with EBD, EBA and ESP as well as dual front, side and curtain airbags and ISOFIX child seat anchors. Air conditioning, radio/CD with 6 speakers, USB and Aux. connector, Bluetooth connectivity with voice control, steering wheel operated cruise control and audio controls, power windows, front and rear fog lamps and 16″ alloy wheels are just a few of the many standard features.

For customers wishing to further customise their Focus to their liking, a Trend Option Pack is available on all Trend derivatives. The pack includes: rain sensing wipers, auto headlamps, follow-me-home lighting, an auto dimming rear view mirror, leather steering wheel and 17” Alloy wheels.

“The all-new Focus range offers quality, fuel efficiency, safety and smart technology beyond customer expectations. We believe these characteristics make all-new Focus an attractive proposition for South African consumers and we have high hopes that the South African Guild of Motoring journalists will be as excited by the all-new Focus proposition as we are,” concludes Pillay.