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  • Lox

    Don’t like Ambiente as an equipment level name. Is this used elsewhere in the world?

    • union

      Audi use Ambiente. VW use Trend and Trendline. Everyone uses Sport. I prefer numbering and/or coding for models and variants.

    • Grammar Nazi

      There’s an Ambient working at my local TAB.

      • Grammar Nazi

        Sorry AmbientE.

  • Rahim

    Can’t wait for the XR5 Turbo to join in.

    • scottjames_12

      I wonder what they will name it this time. Will they keep Focus ST, or will it be the XR4 Turbo?

      • Al Juraj

        I think it’s gonna be ST. Going from XR5 to XR4 seems like a downgrade.

  • Yonny

    Ford Australia President and CEO, Bob Graziano, said the new Focus represents “the best of the Ford Motor Company”.

    Ummm, no, we don’t get the best. As always, Australia gets the short end of the stick. Why do we miss out on the 1.6 EcoBoost? And why no wagon?

    • Adam

      I’m sure we’ll get the EcoBoost… eventually. They need to keep something up their sleeve for a series II update or similar.

    • MattW

      Nor the Econetic that returns 3.5l/100km

      • Mark

        The Econoetic focus isn’t due in Europe until Feb 2012 so I expect to hear more about it last this year/early next

  • Steve

    Ok, sounds fantastic but where’s the Factory SAT NAV!

  • o

    No sat nav?

  • t39

    Looks like only the Ambiente gets the good (hydrolic, not electric) steering.

    Judging by higher fuel consumption of the 2.0L manual, the lack of the 6th gear on the manual is hurting it.

    • Al Juraj

      Without a sixth gear, expect 100kph cruising at 3000rpm. 2-litre cars can stay at 2000, which is more efficient and relaxing.

      • Phil

        It’s remarkable they didn’t go to 6sp manual.

        Even the nasty Nissan Tiida manual is 6 speed.

        • Goodfa

          No 6 speed manual is a BIG mistake.

    • MattW

      But by going with electric steering you get the self parallel parking, which judging by what you see on the roads, a lot of people need

  • Daniel

    I can’t believe the Australian Ford CEO/President would say it’s “the best of the Ford Motor Company” when you manufacture a Ford in Australia. I do however agree, a Focus will have stuff on it a Falcon owner could only dream of having. Adaptive Cruise Control, bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, and power tilt/slide sunroof, Auto-dimming rear view mirror, Active Park Assist, Heated Front seats etc. Not to mention most of these things have been on the Mondeo for some time. No wonder they can’t even give away a falcon these days.

    • http://Frosty Hicks

      I’m sure it won’t be long until they include these into their Falcon range.

      • Daniel

        Mondeo has been around for some 4 years now and none of it has trickled up to the Falcon, unlike every other manufacturer where technology seems to trickle down from their larger cars to their smaller ones, Fords Australia wants to buck the trend.

      • http://Ferrari Daniel D

        Might be a while Hicks as Falcon is a platform at the end of life. Would be too expensive now to put all the electronic gizmo’s in it.

        That said Ford could raise the build quality, materials and standard equipment from the parts bin they do have access to. That of course would mean a consolidation of the Falcon model range as there would be no need for so many minor steps in equipment and trim and more investment in quality of materials, fit and finish. Not something that would fly with Ford Australia, who are now well and truly in cost cutting mode.

        Territory even in new form is under equipped for the price they want. FGII Falcon will no doubt follow the same formula.

      • Frostie

        Hicks, Lets hope so.

  • Able

    The lack of a manual on most variants, especially all diesel models, really annoys me! And the manual available is a FIVE-speed! Far out… Otherwise it seems to be a good package.

    • Alexander

      It’s funny because usually diesels are the ones without Autos?

      Engine & gearbox wise i’m unimpressed with it, a 5 speed manual will surely hurt consumption, a manual isn’t available in the diesel and i don’t think the Powershift has a manual mode? (the one on the fiesta doesn’t).

      & no Ecoboost?

      • nickdl

        The Powershift does have a manual mode, but it is done with two buttons on the gear lever rather than actually moving it up or down. Annoying that there’s no six speed manual, otherwise it would be great to just cruise at 100 and lower consumption.

        • scottjames_12

          Isn’t the PowerShift more efficient than a manual anyway? I look at it this way, if it could only be offered with manual or PowerShift, I think it’s better to have PowerShift. Not many people won’t buy it because there isn’t a manual – it’s not an XR5, after all.

  • harry

    Thank goodness this is being made in Australia, or Ford AU would be screwed. This is the future of family car motoring in Australia. Cars like Falcon will become more niche and could not survive without the Focus production in the factory.

    • Little car nutttt

      Isn’t this being made in Germany?

      • union

        I think harry is being sarcastic.

        • mmmmmm

          I think harry is being realistic

          • Catter29

            I think your being silly.

          • Westy

            I think you’re all right.

    • paulb

      Harry local production of the Focus was canned at the 23rd hour.Agree like Holden with the Cruze,wish we where doing the Focus here.

      • Phil

        Why, when its cheaper to import them?

        • paulb

          Phil we know Ford AU future to 2016,none of us know the future past that point.Interesting the coming up ECOPLI,the US bosses are really impressed.Made headlines in the USA.

  • my ford touch

    Wheres the option for the MY FORD TOUCH?????
    It better come on the ST model.

    • Toyota Guru

      Isn’t the MyFord Touch system “Winblows on Wheels”? Guaranteed to crash always, and Billy Gates will know your whereabouts at all times.

    • Owoteva

      Heard that they need to teach the system how to understand “Ozstraylian”

      • scottjames_12

        Screw the voice recognition. I just want everything else that comes with it.

        Like you say, this better be coming on the ST or at least in series 2. I’m getting fed up with getting the dregs compared to the rest of the world.

  • MattXR4

    from what I have seen on youtube and read on various other motoring websites the ST will have the MYFORD system

    • my ford touch

      The only thing is will it come to AUS on the ST.
      Along with a DSG option.
      Fingers crossed.

  • rentakeyboard

    Im guessing the new designations are an attempt to drive home the “european” tag.
    90kw 1.6li???? They bag Holdens 103kw 1.8li for being a slug!

    Tdi figures sound very familiar.

    • scottjames_12

      Power figures only tell part of the story. With Ti-VCT, the power delivery should be broad and smooth. Also 92kw for a 1.6 is pretty decent – a modern Honda 1.6 from the civic makes the same power.

  • filippo

    It’s a pity Ford is taking the VW direction of trying to kill manual gearboxes. Focus and Mazda 3 owners have always been more likely to opt for a manual than a Corolla or Civic buyer, yet the entire segment’s statistics are blurred together (with thousands of auto-only fleet sales) to make it seem like there is no market for manuals.

    The lack of a diesel manual in particular is positively mind-boggling. Are they deliberately trying to shoo away return customers?

    • Nasal Explorer

      Wonder if this will drive buyers to the Mazda 3 diesel which seems to be a reasonably spec’d option, and is only available in manual at the moment. Don’t know how it will compare on price though.

  • Aussie bender

    “2.0-litre GDi petrol engine, which produces 125kW of power and 202Nm of torque.”
    Other sites have reported 120KW and 198 Nm – so what is the truth?
    Those fuel consumption figures, if true make it hard to justify the diesel over the petrol.

    • F1MotoGP

      There is few version of 2 liter diesel. 120kW auto 340Nm, city fuel economy 6.8l/100km. 103kW, 320Nm 6.8l/100km and 85kW, 300Nm 6.8l/100km. Source: Ford Germany

      • Aussie bender

        Thanks F1MotoGP although I’m referring to the 2.0 Petrol engines. I have heard different specs from different sources.
        I’m also curious to know if the output increases with the use of premium fuel.

        • Adam

          This reads like it’s been taken from a press release, so I’d say 125 is accurate.

          • matt

            yeah i have read 119kw and 198nm too, but that was americas versions. (probably to take their lower grade fuel?)

        • F1MotoGP

          Interesting on German Ford website is only 1.6 petrol no 2 liter petrol engines. The 1.6 liter power is 77, 88, 92, 110 and 134kW. Nm 150, 159, 159, 240, 240. All engines only with 5 speed gearbox. 110 and 134kW with 6 speed gearbox.

        • F1MotoGP

          Just check it and same in UK only 1.6 petrol no 2.0.

      • Simon

        2 Litre diesel is from Peugeot. Used in 308 and 508 models in Australia, depending on model in 120kW / 340Nm or 103kW / 320Nm versions.

  • Doctor

    Good to see that the new sedan doesn’t have a rear end that looks like a hat full of …. like the current and previous models.

  • Aussie bender

    Bring on the pricing ASAP :)

  • Dilligaf

    5 speed manual WTF. Did thet get the indicator on the right side?

  • Al Juraj

    The Melbourne car show is exactly a month away. This will be one of the first I’ll look at.

  • Save It for the track

    The article says that the new Focus is larger. It would have to be in the passenger compartment, because the cargo volume is certainly down, with the current model sedan having a 510L boot. The hatch cargo volume seems to have suffered losses as well.
    .
    Oh, and there used to be Skoda Octavia Ambiente, and they also used that model name on the Superb.

  • Shane

    Was thinking of getting one for the wife but glad we got the SP25, 6 speed manual, leather, sun roof and sat nav!!!

    • Aussie bender

      Great all-round car but a lot more thirsty than this. I also hate the smiley face look. The Focus looks much nicer IMHO.

  • Mark

    Thank god they got rid of the old naming system!!! Can not wait!!

    WATCH OUT GOLF!!

  • Mark

    To Harry these aren’t made in Aus ford AU axe it and focused on the EcoBoost falcon. These ones are from Germany.

    Also to who ever said ambiente is used by audi check your facts, I think you may be getting confused with Ambition.

    • Toyota Guru

      Ever heard of sarcasm Mark?

  • Mutlee

    Focus is heading in the right direction with excellent drivetrains and handling, but it is let down by the hideous centre stack with its tiny screen. It looks like it was designed by a 7 year old.

    The car deserves a large (at least 7 inch) screen for the entertainment system and to accommodate a usable Satnav system.

    • o

      It does have the 7inch screen, as long as you dont live in australia

  • fishman

    *Sigh* No ecoboost, no wagon, and no diesel manual, all of which are available OS – a great new car ruined by poor options chosen by the idiots at Ford Australia

    • Aussie bender

      Bingo!
      I would have paid a premium for the 1.6 Eccoboost in top spec guise. FOMOCO Australia once again show contempt for the market. As much as I hate Holden, at least they give people what they want.

  • http://Tesla Onepoppa

    Don’t be too harsh on Ford – they have always found it hard to go beyond being the Falcon Car Company. At least with the imports, Fiesta, Focus, and Mondeo they have world class cars. Shame that they canned local production of the Focus in favour of irrelevant variations of the Falcon whose appeal is rapidly diminishing except for taxis and those few who tow boats and caravans.

    • fishman

      Its hard not to be frustrated whe you see a car you want to buy but can’t because Ford Oz choose not to bring it over – I’d love the wagon, and although my preference would be for the 1.6 diesel manual, I’d also consider either the ecoboost or 2.0 diesel even in auto guise. What I wouldn’t consider is outdated petrol engines. Of course I don’t even have that choice over here with no wagon at all.

      How come Skoda can sell a bigger range of the Octavia with their tiny volumes? As I said, Ford Oz are idiots, and they deserve the slow death they are currently inflicting on themselves…

  • Steve

    Is it just me but doesnt the sedan look brilliant with the alloys on display….

    • scottjames_12

      The silver Titanium sedan with the solid 5-spoke alloys? Totally agree it does look very nice!

  • http://ca auto

    forget the focus, where is the new territory that was to be released in Qld on 1/5/2011. Or is it next year?
    Maybe it had a recall before it was released.

  • Chris

    I hope people at ford are reading this …

    AUSTRALIA WANTS SAT NAV…….

  • nelly potato

    I was really looking forward to this car…..bit of a disapointment. Looking at the EuroNCAP data, it appears that the new focus is outdone by the current LV….yes they both have 5 stars (what doesn’t now days), but the actual results are better in the old model, especially pole test. Also baffled as to why ford is still offering 5 speed manuals….why not 6? and why is it that the turbo diesels and the titanium are only available with automatic?? 6 speed manual titanium would have been my choice. Such a shame that the current LV comes out of south africa or I’d be picking up a Zetec fro $25K driveaway

  • vssr

    I have decided to buy it when its released, however I am pretty much disappointed, because ford did not include the Driver Assistance Pack? When this option would be available? Any news?

  • Nicole

    I just brought the new ford ambiente hatch in the 5 speed manual. I love it! It’s so smooth to drive, it’s a great size and the gear changes are fantastic! It really is great on fuel aswell, doing approx 500kms in just over 1/4 tank. I trust drove many cars in it’s class before I settled on this car, I found for the price it is very well made and doesn’t seem “cheap” with the interior like some other cars did. I wouldn’t go back! Love it and really rate it!

Ford Focus Specs

Car Details
Make
FORD
Model
FOCUS
Variant
CL
Series
LR
Year
2002
Body Type
5D HATCHBACK
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
1.8L
Cylinders
INLINE 4
Max. Torque
156Nm @  4400rpm
Max. Power
85kW @  5500rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
72.3W/kg
Bore & Stroke
80.6x88mm
Compression Ratio
10
Valve Gear
DUAL OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
5 SP MANUAL
Drive Type
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
4.06
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
55
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
8L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1175
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1430mm
Length
4152mm
Width
1699mm
Ground Clearance
122mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:800  Unbrake:590
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
10.9
Front Rim Size
6x15
Rear Rim Size
6x15
Front Tyres
195/60 R15
Rear Tyres
195/60 R15
Wheel Base
2615
Front Track
1494
Rear Track
1487
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DRUM
Standard Features
Driver
Power Steering
Entertainment
Radio CD with 4 Speakers
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front
Safety
Airbag Driver, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Comfort
Air Conditioning
Safety
Safety Pack
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  15,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
10-O-16
Country of Origin
SPAIN