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 (20)

Ford Claims Focus is No. 1 Global Seller

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Citing data from industry analysis firm Polk, Ford said Sunday that its Focus compact is the best-selling car in the world. Registrations, which indicate but don't always match up with sales, hit 856,587 from January through September 2013, the latest quarterly data from Polk. Ford said that's up 16.1 percent over the year-ago period, with more than a third of the cars registered in China. In the U.S., the nameplate is less popular. Shoppers bought 188,654 Focus sedans and hatchbacks through September 2013; the car didn't crack the top 10 U.S. sellers by year's end, a list that Ford's F-Series pickup truck regularly dominates.
 
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The Focus led the No. 2 nameplate by more than 75,000 registrations, but neither Ford nor Polk disclosed what car that was. In April 2013, Ford and Toyota sparred over the 2012 global best-seller title between the Focus and the Corolla, respectively, as both automakers claimed victory in 2012 registrations. Polk did not respond to our requests for comment. Ford sales analyst Erich Merkle told us the automaker is "not allowed to provide data on our competitors."

By Kelsey Mays | January 27, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Toyota Corolla Joins NHTSA Five-Star Safety Club

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After scoring poorly earlier this year in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's stringent small overlap frontal crash test, the 2014 Toyota Corolla received a bit of redemption from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency today announced that the redesigned-for-2014 compact sedan earned its five-star overall safety designation, receiving individual scores of five stars in both frontal- and side-impact crashes and a score of four stars in the rollover test.

In October, IIHS announced that the 2014 Corolla had scored marginal in its small overlap crash test, which is only one step up from poor — the lowest rating — preventing the car from earning the institute's Top Safety Pick Plus credentials. The small overlap test simulates a car striking an object such as a tree or light pole at 40 mph. The Corolla earned good ratings in IIHS' other four tests and was named a Top Safety Pick (a step down from Plus designation), falling behind competitors including the Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra sedan.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 16, 2013 | Comments (1)

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)

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By David Thomas | November 10, 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)

Honda Accord, Civic Remain Top Targets for Thieves

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If you own a Honda Accord or Civic, or a full-size Ford pickup truck, you might want to take a moment to make sure your auto-insurance payments are up to date. You drive one of the top three most-stolen vehicles in the U.S. That's according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's just-released "Hot Wheels" list, which examines annual vehicle-theft data submitted by law-enforcement agencies across the country to the National Crime Information Center to determine the makes and models most-frequently reported stolen during the previous year.

As in past years, Honda Accords and Civics by far were the most-stolen vehicles in 2012, totaling 58,596 and 47,037, respectively, with full-size Ford pickups coming in a distant third with 26,770 thefts. Older Accords and Civics eclipsed newer Hondas in theft frequency, which NICB attributes to improved anti-theft technology. Most of the makes and models return from the previous list; the only newcomers were the Nissan Altima (No. 9) and Nissan Maxima (No. 10), knocking the Ford Explorer and Nissan Sentra off this year's roster.

By Matt Schmitz | August 20, 2013 | Comments (4)

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)

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