Don’t like Ambiente as an equipment level name. Is this used elsewhere in the world?
Audi use Ambiente. VW use Trend and Trendline. Everyone uses Sport. I prefer numbering and/or coding for models and variants.
There’s an Ambient working at my local TAB.
Can’t wait for the XR5 Turbo to join in.
I wonder what they will name it this time. Will they keep Focus ST, or will it be the XR4 Turbo?
I think it’s gonna be ST. Going from XR5 to XR4 seems like a downgrade.
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?
I’m sure we’ll get the EcoBoost… eventually. They need to keep something up their sleeve for a series II update or similar.
Nor the Econetic that returns 3.5l/100km
The Econoetic focus isn’t due in Europe until Feb 2012 so I expect to hear more about it last this year/early next
Ok, sounds fantastic but where’s the Factory SAT NAV!
No sat nav?
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.
Without a sixth gear, expect 100kph cruising at 3000rpm. 2-litre cars can stay at 2000, which is more efficient and relaxing.
It’s remarkable they didn’t go to 6sp manual.
Even the nasty Nissan Tiida manual is 6 speed.
No 6 speed manual is a BIG mistake.
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
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.
I’m sure it won’t be long until they include these into their Falcon range.
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.
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.
Hicks, Lets hope so.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Isn’t this being made in Germany?
I think harry is being sarcastic.
I think harry is being realistic
I think your being silly.
I think you’re all right.
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.
Why, when its cheaper to import them?
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.
Wheres the option for the MY FORD TOUCH?????
It better come on the ST model.
Isn’t the MyFord Touch system “Winblows on Wheels”? Guaranteed to crash always, and Billy Gates will know your whereabouts at all times.
Heard that they need to teach the system how to understand “Ozstraylian”
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.
from what I have seen on youtube and read on various other motoring websites the ST will have the MYFORD system
The only thing is will it come to AUS on the ST.
Along with a DSG option.
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.
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.
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?
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.
“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.
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
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.
This reads like it’s been taken from a press release, so I’d say 125 is accurate.
yeah i have read 119kw and 198nm too, but that was americas versions. (probably to take their lower grade fuel?)
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.
Just check it and same in UK only 1.6 petrol no 2.0.
2 Litre diesel is from Peugeot. Used in 308 and 508 models in Australia, depending on model in 120kW / 340Nm or 103kW / 320Nm versions.
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.
Bring on the pricing ASAP
5 speed manual WTF. Did thet get the indicator on the right side?
The Melbourne car show is exactly a month away. This will be one of the first I’ll look at.
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.
Was thinking of getting one for the wife but glad we got the SP25, 6 speed manual, leather, sun roof and sat nav!!!
Great all-round car but a lot more thirsty than this. I also hate the smiley face look. The Focus looks much nicer IMHO.
Thank god they got rid of the old naming system!!! Can not wait!!
WATCH OUT GOLF!!
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.
Ever heard of sarcasm Mark?
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.
It does have the 7inch screen, as long as you dont live in australia
*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
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.
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.
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…
Is it just me but doesnt the sedan look brilliant with the alloys on display….
The silver Titanium sedan with the solid 5-spoke alloys? Totally agree it does look very nice!
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.
I hope people at ford are reading this …
AUSTRALIA WANTS SAT NAV…….
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
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?
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!