- Looks like: A more formal Ford Focus sedan
- Defining characteristics: Multi-element headlights, extended wheelbase
- Ridiculous features: None really, it looks ready to build
- Chance of being mass-produced: A slightly longer Focus aimed at the biggest part of the Chinese market? Chances are good
The compact car segment is the largest global segment, with more compacts sold around the world than any other kind of car — and China is rapidly becoming the biggest market for such cars. In China, however, the compact car segment is further divided into three types: low, mid and high.
Ford has the high-compact segment covered with the fairly expensive Focus, and now it's looking to see how it can get into the even bigger midcompact segment with a new concept car just unveiled at the Shanghai motor show. Behold the Ford Escort Concept, a thoroughly new car with a classic Ford name.