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by George Skentzos

The new German designed and engineered Ford Focus will make its way into Australian showrooms this year with increased safety levels, a new diesel engine, revised styling and no less than three body configurations.

Accompanying the hatch are also a versatile sedan model and summer coupe-cabriolet.

New exterior door mirrors incorporating a turn indicator are standard on all models and a new front bumper, as on the Focus Coupé-Cabriolet, has been incorporated across the range – excluding the performance orientated XR5 Turbo.

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All models in the Focus range – CL, LX, TDCi, Zetec, Ghia and Cabriolet – now feature dual front airbags and ABS with EBD as standard equipment.

Driver and front passenger side airbags are added to the LX, TDCi, Zetec, Ghia and Cabriolet specification as is Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Traction Control (TC) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) as standard.

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The new 2.0-litre turbo diesel five-door model, which features a six-speed manual transmission becomes the first diesel-powered passenger car in the Ford Australia line-up.

“Today’s diesel technology is state-of-the-art and, in some aspects of motoring such as fuel efficiency and range, can provide performance benefits over and above petrol engines.” President Marketing and Sales, Mark Winslow.

Three new body-styles have been introduced: a new Zetec sedan with five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic transmission, a Ghia hatchback with a four-speed automatic transmission, and finally a coupe-cabriolet with five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic transmission.

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The Focus Cabriolet has been designed in conjunction with Pininfarina, the same group who brought you the Ferrari 599 and Maserati GranTurismo.

The new Cabriolet is powered by the 2.0-litre Duratec four-cylinder petrol engine, which produces 107kW of power and 185Nm of torque which will return 7.5-litres per 100km on the manual and just 8.3-litres per 100km with the optional automatic.

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“Focus Coupé-Cabriolet is an exciting, dynamic vehicle which offers sophisticated European styling in a highly desirable package and further extends the widening appeal of the Ford brand,” said Ford Australia President Tom Gorman.

The two piece hard-top roof retracts fully into the luggage compartment at the press of a button in just 29 seconds. A luggage separator blind will prevent the roof from retracting unless it is pulled across the luggage compartment to prevent the roof from folding on top of items stowed in the rear of the car.

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The premium nature of the cabriolet reflects on its creature comforts which include fully automatic dual zone climate control, cruise control, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, heated power mirrors, glove box with cooling function and a Sony six-disc CD audio system with eight speakers.

“The enhancements introduced across the new Focus range add to its desirability and confirm Focus as one of the safest, most versatile and fun to drive small car models available in Australia.”

With so much choice, there is a Focus for every occasion.

Pricing

Focus CL – $19,990
Focus Ghia – $29,490
Focus Coupé-Cabriolet – $45,490 (Manual), $47,490 (Automatic)

Options

CL Safety Pack – $1,600
LX/TDCi Safety Pack – $1,300
Curtain Airbags – $400






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