The Ford Focus became the best selling single car nameplate in the world based on global data from IHS Automotive
The Ford Focus became the best selling single car nameplate in the world based on global data from IHS Automotive. Data revealed the Ford Focus sold 489,616 units in the first half of this year. A Ford milestone has also been achieved with the 350 millionth vehicle rolling off the production line.
The Ford Focus first appeared in Europe in 1998 and won the 1999 “Car of the Year” award. The current, third generation of the mid-size car launched last year was designed on an unprecedented global scale, helping to make more technologies and features economically viable than ever before for cars in this segment. Key innovations in the new Focus include Active City Stop low-speed safety system, Active Park Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Aid, Traffic Sign Recognition, Auto High Beam, Driver Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control.
In Europe the new Ford Focus is available in 5-door, 4-door and wagon versions. This year, Ford launched the 250PS Focus ST, Ford’s first global performance car, and in Europe began offering the Focus with the new 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, which was named the 2012 “International Engine of the Year” in June. A zero emissions Focus Electric, Ford’s first ever all-electric passenger car, will be available in 2013.