Ford’s operations in Europe have arguably saved Ford Motor Co. from the same fate as General Motors and Chrysler, cars such as the Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta are two prime examples.
Although not as popular in Australia as in Europe, the Ford Focus is one of the blue oval’s best sellers worldwide. To celebrate its success Ford has unveiled the new Ford Focus Estate at this year’s Geneva motor show.
According to Ford the Focus Estate is one of just 10 bodystyles currently planned for the company’s global C-segment architecture.
The Ford Focus Estate won’t be available in Europe till 2011 and a release date for Australia (if at all) won’t be known for some time.
Ford has high expectations for the Focus Estate with predictions it will become the second biggest selling bodystyle globally.
The main difference is of course the massive boot that comes with a lift-up tailgate. It will be available with a powered option in Europe.
Other Ford vehicles built on the same platform include the Ford C-Max and Ford Grand C-Max which will be available by September 2010 (Europe).
News of the Ford Focus Estate comes after Ford already confirmed a new global performance car under the direction of Jost Capito (who was in charge of the Focus RS and ST).
The highlight of the Ford Focus range will be its 2.0-litre turbo direct injection EcoBoost engine which develops 147kW but can potentially make up to 180kW of powered if needed.