The Ford Fiesta now comes standard with the car maker's potentially live-saving Emergency Assistance feature, while select models in the Ford Focus range have been upgraded to include a full-size spare wheel.

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The addition of Emergency Assistance brings standard variants in the Fiesta range into line with the Fiesta ST performance flagship, as well as the Focus ST and Kuga models.

A function of Ford’s SYNC mobile connectivity system, Emergency Assistance uses a phone paired with the vehicle to automatically call emergency services if the car has been involved in a crash where the airbags have been deployed or the emergency fuel pump shut-off activated.

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Ford says the decision to add a full-size steel spare wheel to the Focus Ambiente and Trend models was a direct response to customer demand. There is no change in specification for Focus Sport, Titanium and ST variants, which will continue to come with a space-saver spare.

The update comes less than two months after the entry-level Ambiente was upgraded to include cruise control as standard, and the Ambiente and Trend variants made available with optional front-seat lumbar support for $50.

The latest enhancements to Fiesta and Focus apply from October production.