2015 Ford Focus: Up Close

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Ford would like you to know that the Focus is the best-selling compact car in the world, and it's not difficult to see why it's popular. The Focus always has been stylish, and adding in its European-style tight handling and excellent interior materials means that there's a definite appeal to the compact sedan and hatchback. Ford showed off the latest 2015 Focus at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show last month, but now it's time to see the sedan version, which is more popular in the U.S.

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The hatchback variant was on display in Geneva, but the 2015 Ford Focus sedan and Focus Electric hatchback are rolling out here at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. All are set to arrive in the U.S. late this year.

By Aaron Bragman | April 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Ford Focus Photo Gallery (23 Photos)

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Ford's compact car is revised for 2015, but the automaker is keeping the styling in the family with the new Focus and its strong resemblance to the Fiesta subcompact car. Hatchback and sedan body styles return with new LED running lights and a split grille.

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The blue sedan on display in New York features the optional Black Package with metallic exterior black trim along with a darkened grille, headlights, mirror caps, spoiler and wheels.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

See the 2015 Ford Focus Sedan, Focus Electric Before the 2014 New York Auto Show (27 Photos)

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Ford has released a few images of the four-door sedan and electric versions of its new 2015 Focus compact, the hatchback version of which was introduced at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show in March.

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The new Focus sedan features all of the updates that the hatchback received, with new styling reminiscent of the smaller Fiesta, and a new rear-end treatment that's styled to emphasize the horizontal, making the car seem wider. The blue sedan pictured here is an SE model that features a new SE Sport Package, plus an optional Black Package that covers the grille, mirror caps, spoiler and wheels in a rather sparkly metallic black paint.

By Aaron Bragman | April 9, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Ford Focus: First Look

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Competes with: Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra, Mazda3, Honda Civic

Looks like: Una Fiesta muy grande

Powertrains: 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, optional turbocharged 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder; six speed manual and automatic transmissions

Hits dealerships: Fall 2014

Ford has seen tremendous global success with its current Focus compact sedan, with the company claiming that it has become the world's best-selling nameplate for the last two years (Toyota may disagree, however).

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To keep that momentum going, Ford has unveiled a freshened Focus that will appear at the Geneva International Motor Show in March before making its stateside debut at the New York International Auto Show in April.

By Aaron Bragman | February 23, 2014 | Comments (12)

2014 Ford Fiesta ST Video

The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is a veritable performance piñata, bursting with track-tuned treats when you hit the gas. Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek had a blast in the Focus ST's subcompact sibling; its 197-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder provided "blazing" quickness off the line, playful cornering and an engine sound other small sports cars should listen to and learn from. Everyday drivers: Take that racecar-inspired exterior styling as a warning that this car's milieu is the track. If you're OK with a rougher ride on the street, the Fiesta ST offers plenty to celebrate.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 2, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Ford Focus: Car Seat Check

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Ford's compact car was redesigned for 2012 and hasn't changed much since. The 2014 Focus sedan we tested was a no-frills base model, but that didn't hold it back from performing pretty well in our Car Seat Check. Although the backseat isn't as spacious as a few class rivals, easy-to-access Latch anchors made installation a breeze.

While we normally use a Britax Roundabout convertible car seat in our checks, we used a Britax Marathon convertible in this one. The Marathon is roughly the same width and height as the Roundabout, but the Marathon's depth is 21 inches while the Roundabout measures at 24.4 inches.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 29, 2013 | Comments (3)

Ford Focus on Pace to Retain Global-Sales Crown

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For the first half of 2013, Ford is on track to hang onto its title as global-sales leader, and it has China to thank for the early lead. According to a Ford analysis of vehicle-registration data from automotive-industry information provider R.L. Polk, the Ford Focus was the best-selling nameplate in the world for the first half of the year, putting it in a good position to snag the title for a second consecutive year. Meanwhile, the Fiesta ranks as the fourth-best-selling vehicle overall, potentially giving Ford additional bragging rights of having the most-popular subcompact in the world, as well as the only automaker with two vehicles in the global top five.

According to Polk, Focus sales surged by 20 percent in the first half of the year compared with the same period in 2012, with 589,709 registrations. The spike is largely attributable to increased demand from China and other Asian nations such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, Ford stated. "Focus in China is up 137 percent from 2012, to a total of 202,380 vehicles, making China the single biggest global market for the car with one-third of Focus sales," the automaker said in a statement.

By Matt Schmitz | October 24, 2013 | Comments (3)

Ford, Toyota Crash-Avoidance Systems Target Pedestrian Fatalities

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As pedestrian versus car fatalities continue to rise in the U.S., automakers are working on new technologies to help address the problem. Most recently, both Ford and Toyota have developed new safety systems that use both automatic braking and steering to prevent the vehicles from striking a pedestrian or other obstacle in the roadway. Both announced their innovations last week, with Ford revealing a test car using its Obstacle Avoidance system, and Toyota announcing the development of its Pre-collision System with Pedestrian-avoidance Steer Assist.

Ford's test car, a Focus introduced at its proving grounds in Lommel, Belgium, uses automatic steering and braking to avoid collisions with vehicles that are stopped or slowing in the same lane ahead, or to avoid hitting a pedestrian. The system first issues warnings when it detects slow-moving or stationary obstacles; if the driver fails to steer or brake following those warnings, the system automatically steers and brakes to avoid a crash. Ford developed the Obstacle Avoidance-equipped Focus as part of a research project in cooperation with a consortium of 29 partners creating active safety systems to intervene in imminent collisions.

By Matt Schmitz | October 14, 2013 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 2012-2013 Ford Focus Electric, 2013 Focus ST

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Ford is recalling 6,308 model-year 2012-2013 Focus Electric vehicles and model-year 2013 Focus ST vehicles due to a problem with the headlamps, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected Focus Electrics were manufactured from Sept. 15, 2011, through May 6, 2013, and the Focus ST models from Feb. 16, 2012, through May 7, 2013; check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb. These vehicles are equipped with high-intensity-discharge headlights that have a wiring issue that could cause the front side marker lamps to fail. "Without the proper illumination of the side marker lamps, the vehicle may be less visible in night time conditions, increasing the risk of a crash," NHTSA said in a statement.

Ford will notify owners beginning in mid-August, and dealers will modify the headlamp assembly wiring for free. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | August 12, 2013 | Comments (0)

Ford Escort Concept: First Look

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  • 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.

By Aaron Bragman | April 19, 2013 | Comments (7)

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