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A car produced by Ford. New for the 2000 model year, it replaced the Escort and ZX2.

The Focus is a versatile design, being produced in sedan, station wagon, 3-door hatchback, 5-door hatchback, and convertible versions.

Awards and acknowledgements include:
2005 Consumer Reports Top Pick for the Small Sedan category

Magazine covers include:
Sport Compact Car, August 2001 (modified first generation red FR200 hatchback)

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Ford Focus page on 4 July 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Ford Focus is a compact car (C-segment in Europe) manufactured by the Ford Motor Company since 1998. Ford began sales of the Focus to Europe in July 1998 and in North America during 1999 for the 2000 model year.

In Europe, North and South America, and South Africa, the Focus replaced the various versions of the Ford Escort and Ford Laser sold in those markets. In Asia and Australasia, it replaced the Ford Laser. As of the first half of 2012, the Focus surpassed the Toyota Corolla to become the world's best selling automobile nameplate.

First generation (1998–2004)

Ford of Europe introduced the Focus in 1998 to the European market as a replacement for the Ford Escort. The decision to name the new car the "Ford Focus" was made in early 1998, as Ford's overheads had been planning to keep the "Escort" nameplate for its new generation of small family cars. A last minute problem arose in July 1998 when a Cologne court, responding to a case brought by the publisher Burda, ordered Ford to avoid the name "Focus" for the cars in the German market since the name was already taken by one of its magazines (Focus). This eleventh hour dispute was resolved, however, and the car was launched with the name Focus. The Focus MK1 was awarded the 1999 European Car of the Year award. There is also a tale floating around certain editions of Motor Trend magazine that Ford executive Jac Nasser actually made the decision of the name Focus the night of that year's Geneva Auto Show because he was annoyed that one of the other names under consideration, Fusion (not the same as the mid-size automobile Ford Fusion), had leaked to the media.

Ford of North America began marketing the Focus in October 1999 for the 2000 model year as a surprise Christmas present for Ford's CEO Jacques Nasser, with some changes from the European version. The car launched as a three-door hatchback, four-door sedan and five-door wagon; a five-door hatchback debuted in 2001.

Second generation (2004–2010) Europe

The second generation Focus was launched at the Paris Motor Show on 23 September 2004 as a three and five-door hatchback and an estate, although the new car was previewed, in 4-door sedan form, as the "Focus Concept" developed by Ford Europe at the Beijing Motor Show in mid-2004.

The basic suspension design, which contributed much to the Mk 1's success, was carried over largely unchanged from its predecessor which, along with a 10 percent stiffer bodyshell, offers a better ride according to Ford but lacked on the precise and poised handling of the Mk1. The same body styles as the Mk 1 Focus were offered, though the saloon did not appear until mid-2005.

The Focus Mk 2 is larger and considerably heavier than its predecessor: it has a 25 mm (0.98 in) increase in wheelbase, and is 168 mm (6.6 in) longer, 8 mm (0.31 in) taller and 22 mm (0.87 in) wider. As a result, the interior and boot space have increased. New technologies include a KeyFree system, a solar-reflect windshield, adaptive front lighting, Bluetooth hands-free phones and voice control for audio, telephone and climate control systems.

Stylistically, the Mk 2 features the same design language found in the Mondeo and Fiesta. Although still recognisable as a Focus, the new car uses styling features from the abandoned B-Proposal for the original Focus which never reached production.

In 2005, Ford released a MK.II version of Ford's sports division of Focus, the Focus ST. This one produced 225 bhp (168 kW) and could achieve a 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) time of just 6.4 seconds, and a 152 mph (245 km/h) top speed.

2007–2008 saw a facelifted version introduced, featuring Ford's Kinetic Design philosophy. Major changes included a new bonnet with more creases, the removal of all mouldings along the doors and sides, new sculpted pull back headlights, and the big trapezoidal lower grille.

Second generation (2004–2010) North America

For the North American market, development followed a separate path. Since debuting at the 2007 North American International Auto Show, the restyled 2008–2011 generation was available as a two-door coupe and four-door sedan; the hatchbacks and wagon were discontinued. The interior was redesigned, including new seats, a new dashboard design with message center on top of the dashboard, ambient lighting, dashboard panels that simulate brushed aluminum, and Ford's voice-controlled Sync audio/Bluetooth system. Also included in the redesign was a support beam behind the dashboard for extra structural rigidity.

Though informally considered as the second generation, it was never officially referred to as such by Ford since its platform was the same as the first generation.

Third generation (2010–present)

In 2010 for model year 2011 Ford decided to reunite both international and North American models by releasing the international Mk3 worldwide. The previous North American version was discontinued, and the new model was launched simultaneously in North America and Europe in early 2011, both having started production late in 2010.

Ford unveiled the 2011 global Ford Focus at the 2010 North American International Auto Show. The car shown was a 5-door hatchback model, also debuting a new 2.0L direct injection I4 engine. A 5-door estate will also be available at launch. The new generation launched simultaneously in North America and Europe in early 2011, with production having started in late 2010. Production in Asia, Africa, Australia and South America was scheduled to follow later but the plan for Australian production was later dropped and that market and New Zealand were supplied, along with Asia, from a new factory in Thailand where output began in June 2012. This new generation of Focus incorporates a redesigned cabin with improved materials and new entertainment technologies. A 2015 model for the Ford Focus has been exhibited on the Ford website. Its chassis design is much like the 2013 model, but the front has been facelifted with elongated and darkened headlamps, and a grille that is designed to look like the Fusion, or C-max. It will be available early 2015, according to Ford.

Ford debuted the all-electric Ford Focus Electric at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2011 to compete with the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt. Deliveries for fleet customers in the United States began in December 2011, and the release to retail customers took place by late May 2012. The electric car is available only in California, New York, and New Jersey, in limited numbers. The European release was scheduled for late 2012.

In summer 2012 Ford launched the Focus ST which had 252 bhp (188 kW) from a 2.0-litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine. Ford previewed the third generation facelifted model at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and is set for a UK November launch. In August 2014, Ford announced it was recalling Focus ST hatchbacks sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico due to a wiring problem. Additionally, Ford also asked for dealers to stop test driving and selling select Focus and C-Max vehicles in late August. There was a potential issue found related to the steering assemblies. It was apparent for the manufacturer, that from 8 August through the 15, less than 50 of the vehicles may not have had enough ball bearings in the assembly, causing concern for accidents.

At the end of March 2014, the most common car in Great Britain was the Ford Focus (1.5 million).

The recently updated version (2016 model year) features a new redesigned front end design, incorporating Ford's new family grille and slimline headlights. The sporty ST and all new RS model, which will feature an upgraded version of the 2.3-litre engine from the Ford Mustang, will continue Ford's performance range. The new 2016 model year update Focus range will be offered with Ford's multi award-winning EcoBoost technology, with a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant available in 110 and 132 kW (148 and 177 hp) outputs in place of the current older 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre offerings. A revised 2.0-litre turbo-diesel TDCi engine, with an output of 110 kW (150 hp), will also be offered.


Multimedia

13-16476 Margie Daniel v. Ford Motor Company
22 October 2015
Duration: 33:16
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Plaintiffs appeal the district court's judgment in favor of Ford Motor Company in plaintiffs' diversity putative class action against Ford Motor Company, alleging that Ford sold them defective Ford Focus vehicles model years 2005 to 2011.
Download 13-16476 Margie Daniel v. Ford Motor Company in MP4 format - 403MB


Photographs

Ford Focuses Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
Massive Speed Cruise Jam 4
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Modified Ford Focus (Modified)
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
Spring Grove Charity Car Show
Spring Grove, Illinois
View photo of Modified Ford Focus - 3,219KB
Modified Ford Focus (Modified)
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
Spring Grove Charity Car Show
Spring Grove, Illinois
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Modified Ford Focus (Modified)
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
Spring Grove Charity Car Show
Spring Grove, Illinois
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Modified Ford Focus (Modified)
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
Spring Grove Charity Car Show
Spring Grove, Illinois
View photo of Modified Ford Focus - 3,187KB
Modified Ford Focus Model Car Built by Joe Salzburg
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
March 2010 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
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Modified Ford Focus Model Car Built by Joe Salzburg
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
March 2010 Meeting of C.A.R.S. in Miniature
View photo of Modified Ford Focus Model - 3,388KB
2004 Ford Focus SVT Modified 2004 SVT
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
Massive Speed Cruise Jam 4
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2004 Ford Focus SVT Modified 2004 SVT
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
Massive Speed Cruise Jam 4
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2004 Ford Focus SVT Modified 2004 SVT
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
Massive Speed Cruise Jam 4
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2004 Ford Focus SVT Modified 2004 SVT
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
Massive Speed Cruise Jam 4
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2004 Ford Focus SVT Modified 2004 SVT
Photo ©2009 Bill Crittenden
Massive Speed Cruise Jam 4
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Ford Focus DPAP Auto Body D.P.A.P. Auto Body & Repair
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
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Ford Focus DPAP Auto Body D.P.A.P. Auto Body & Repair
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
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Custom Ford Focus Custom
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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Custom Ford Focus Custom
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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Custom Ford Focus Custom
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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Custom Ford Focus Custom
Photo ©2010 Bill Crittenden
2010 Gary Lang Auto Group Car Show
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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
classified date 2000Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2000 Ford Focus, 3-door hatchback
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 52.3MB - 126 pages
classified date 2000Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2000 Ford Focus, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 35.6MB - 96 pages
October 2000Veridian On-Site Alleged Inadvertent Air Bag Deployment Investigation
Vehicle - 2001 Ford Focus LX
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 497KB - 12 pages
classified date 2001Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2000 Ford Focus ZTS, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 4.8MB - 101 pages
July 2001On-Site On-Site Potential Over-Sensitive Air Bag Deployment Investigation
SCI Technical Summary Report
Vehicle - 2001 Ford Focus ZX3
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 252KB - 14 pages
classified date 2002Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2001 Ford Focus SE, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 5.0MB - 108 pages
classified date 2002Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2001 Ford Focus SE, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 9.3MB - 130 pages
September 2002Veridian On-Site Low-Speed Frontal Air Bag Deployment Investigation
Vehicle: 2001 Ford Focus
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 377KB - 15 pages
6 May 2003Safety Compliance Sled Testing for FMVSS 208: Occupant Crash Protection
2003 Ford Focus 3 Door Hatchback
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 3.1MB - 165 pages
22 September 2003Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS No. 110(Indicant): Tire Selection and Rims
2003 Ford Focus Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1.8MB - 24 pages
classified date 2005Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2003 Ford Focus ZX3, 2-door hatchback
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 10.5MB - 132 pages
January 2005Calspan On-Site Certified Advanced 208-Compliant Vehicle Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2005 Ford Focus
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 232KB - 16 pages
25 May 2005Vehicle Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 208, Occupant Crash Protection; FMVSS 212, Windshield Mounting; FMVSS 219, Windshield Intrustion (Partial); FMVSS 301, Fuel System Integrity
2009 Ford Focus Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 21.5MB - 348 pages
classified date 2006Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2003 Ford Focus SE, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 10.8MB - 133 pages
July 2006Certified Advanced 208 Compliant Air Bag Investigation / Vehicle to Vehicle
2005 Ford Focus
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2,534KB - 17 pages
classified date 2007Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2002 Ford Focus LX, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 8.4MB - 135 pages
2 April 2007Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 135: Passenger Car Brake Systems
2007 Ford Focus SE, 4-Door Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 21.4MB - 76 pages
July 2007Calspan On-Site Child Safety Seat Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2006 Ford Focus
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 635KB - 19 pages
August 2007On-Site Not in Traffic Surveillance Back Over Investigation
Vehicle - 2003 Ford Focus SE
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,703KB - 21 pages
April 2008Remote Not in Traffic Surveillance Hyperthermia Investigation
2007 Ford Focus
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,756KB - 19 pages
April 2008On-Site Side Impact Inflatable Occupant Protection Investigation
Vehicle - 2008 Ford Focus SE
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 428KB - 13 pages
2 April 2008Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 214: Side Impact Protection
2008 Ford Focus 2 Door
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 15.1MB - 195 pages
May 2008Child Safety Seat Investigation
2002 Ford Focus
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,098KB - 16 pages
13 May 2008Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 225: "Child Restraint Anchorage Systems"
2007 Ford Focus 4-Door
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 3.0MB - 83 pages
30 May 2008Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, Upper Interior Head Impact Protection
1008 Ford Focus, 4-Door Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 4.5MB - 156 pages
4 June 2008Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Rigid Pole Side Impact Test
2008 Ford Focus 4-Door
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 6.7MB - 143 pages
November 2008On-Site Certified Advanced 208-Compliant Vehicle Investigation
Vehicle - 2007 Ford Focus ZX4
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,273KB - 13 pages
December 2008On-Site Rollover Investigation
2008 Ford Focus
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,000KB - 23 pages
February 2009On-Site Certified Advanced 208-Compliant Vehicle Investigation
Vehicle - 2008 Ford Focus SE
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2,955KB - 16 pages
25 March 2009Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 225: "Child Restraint Anchorage Systems"
2008 Ford Focus
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2.2MB - 81 pages
April 2009Calspan On-Site Side Impact Inflatable Occupant Protection System Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2008 Ford Focus
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 562KB - 22 pages
August 2009On-Site Side Air Bag Investigation
2009 Ford Focus
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,135KB - 26 pages
September 2009Calspan On-Site Rollover Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2007 Ford Focus SE
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 257KB - 12 pages
23 October 2009Vehicle Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 208, Occupant Crash Protection; FMVSS 212, Windshield Mounting; FMVSS 219, Windshield Intrustion (Partial); FMVSS 301, Fuel System Integrity
2009 Ford Focus Passenger Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 25.2MB - 310 pages
January 2010On-Site Side Impact Inflatable Occupant Protection Investigation
Vehicle - 2009 Ford Focus SE
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 3,668KB - 27 pages


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Matchbox 96379-0910Ford FocusWorldwide Wheels, 1:57 scale, metallic dark orange
Model Kit - Tamiya 24217Ford Focus WRC1:24 scale, Valvoline #7
Die Cast - Hot Wheels 28770-0910 D1Ford Focus2001 First Editions, small scale, Black & Yellow "Meguiar's" drag race var


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
30 June 2000Media Advisory: New Crash Test Result Available on NHTSA's World Wide Web SiteNHTSA
13 December 2002NHTSA Safety Complaint: 2002 Ford Focus with Goodyear Eagle Tiresanonymous
6 July 2006Curtains Down For The New Ford Focus Coupe CabrioletJason Moore
23 August 2006Ford Focus Fuel Cell Vehicle Hits Woodward Dream CruiseChuck Smith
11 February 2008Ford Focus Is In TuneAnthony Fontanelle
15 November 2010Ford To Sell Its Electric EV in 19 Cities InitiallyArmen Hareyan
11 April 2013The Ford Focus is the bestselling car....in the worldMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
4 September 2013Deconstructing the Ford Focus mythMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
12 November 2013Motor Shock - Young U.S. Drivers Discover CorneringGeoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
21 November 2013Ford Motor Company, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Claude H. Harris)
24 February 2014The New Ford Focus - Some Interesting DetailsMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
21 March 20142014 Ford Focus TitaniumBill Crittenden
27 May 2014Friday Night Fight: Volkswagen Golf vs. Ford Focus and Why We Really Buy CarsBill Crittenden
19 June 2014Ford Motor Company, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey M. Giuseppe)
25 June 2015How the Mustang EcoBoost Makes 345hp in the Focus RSPatrick Rall
22 October 2015Ford Motor Company, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey Giuseppe)


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