The Ford Focus has been manufactured by the Ford Motor Company since the year 1998. It is a small compact car and sales of the vehicle started in Europe in the summer of the year 1998 and then in North America in the year 1999 for the model year 2000.
In North America, South America, and Europe, the Ford Focus was designed in order to replace different versions of the Ford Laser and the Ford Escort that were previously sold in each of these markets. In the beginning of the year 2012, the Ford Focus passed the Toyota Corolla and became the bestselling car nameplate in the world. It has been considered as being one of the 50 best cars in the past 50 years by CAR, a British magazine.
The first generation of the Focus was introduced in 1998 by Ford Europe. It was to replace the Escort. The decision to change the name from Escort to Focus was determined in the late part of 1998 as it had previously been determined that the escort was going to remain the name for the small family cars. In July 1998, there was a problem that came up with the name as it was determined that it was the same name as a magazine in the German market. However, this issue was avoided and the name Focus was kept for the vehicle. In the year 1999, the Focus MK1 was given the European Car for the Year award.
The second generation of the Focus was launched in the year 2004 at the Paris Motor Show. It was offered in both a 3 door and a 5 door hatchback model or as an estate. The basic design of the suspension, which was one of the reasons the first generation was so successful, was kept for the second generation. The shell of the vehicle was 10% stiffer, which according to Ford offered a better driving experience. The same body styles were offered, but in the middle of 2005, a saloon style appeared on the market.
The current version of the Focus is its 3rd generation and is available in both a 4 door hatchback style as well as a sedan. The Focus offers an eye catching styling combined with an interior that offers high quality materials. Three main trim levels are offered including the S, the SE, and the Titanium. There is also an electric version of the vehicle available.
The only engine that is available is the 2.0 L 4 cylinder. There is a 5 speed manual transmission or a 6 speed automatic transmission available. The fuel economy for the vehicle is extremely good, no matter which transmission is chosen. There is a super fuel economy option available as well. For those who are looking for an extremely green version, there is the electric Focus available. This version is operated only using a battery, similar to the Leaf offered by Nissan.
The Focus offers refined road manners, sharp handling, with little body lean around corners, and the steering is quite communicative and rather quick. The engine offers above average performance as well as great fuel economy.
On the interior, the Focus offers great materials including seats that are supportive and a quite environment. The backseat is a bit cramped when compared to some of the competitors and the interface is a bit unintuitive. Overall, for those looking for an economy car, the Focus is a well-rounded choice that comes highly recommended. Even the base model is equipped with enough features to provide a great choice for any driver in the market for this type of vehicle.