Parkers identify ‘top ten company car essentials’
Parkers the leading UK car buying guide say that ‘Ford’ cars offer all the top ten ‘must have’ features for a new company car and the new Ford Focus Titanium Navigator comes with five of the ten options fitted as standard. With all ten options selected at an all-in, 40% benefit-in-kind payment of £83.37 per month the Ford Focus is the ideal company car.
Parkers’ top-10 company car essentials are; Keyless entry and start, Bluetooth, Satellite navigation, Digital in-car audio (DAB), Cruise control, Lane departure warning, Blind spot warning, Park assistance (Active Park Assist), Emergency city breaking (Active City Stop) and Climate control. Satellite navigation is offered on a variety of Ford cars as standard, including the new Ford Mondeo Business Editions and Ford Kuga Titanium X Sport, while Bluetooth connectivity is available across the entire Ford range and is standard on the Kuga, Mondeo, S-MAX and the Galaxy models. Digital in-car audio (DAB) another Ford feature to appear on the list is also standard on the majority of Ford vehicles.
Parkers have identified other company car essentials such as lane departure and blind spot warnings, both of these are available on the options list for the Ford Focus, the Ford C-MAX, the Kuga, Mondeo and S-MAX and the Galaxy models. Also listed is emergency city braking and Ford’s Active City Stop is widely available across the Ford range, including the award-winning Ford Fiesta. Ford’s Active Park Assist helps anyone who can’t park get into tight spaces and Parkers believes this is a must for company car drivers. Keyless entry is also available on a number of Ford models including the Kuga, which offers the Hands-free Power tailgate which is an additional feature highlighted by Parkers.
New 1.0 litre EcoBoost Engine
Ford has also launched the new 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, which was named the 2012 "International Engine of the Year" in June. The new EcoBoost turbo-charged, direct injection engine is Ford's smallest, yet highest power density petrol engine ever, delivering the performance of a conventional 1.6-litre engine with improved fuel efficiency and lower CO2. The Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost is class-leading in fuel economy and CO2 emissions in the C-segment for petrol-engine vehicles
The Ford Focus Navigator is currently available to order, production starts next week around the 19th August. There are three Navigator versions offered the Zetec Navigator, the Titanium Navigator and the Titanium X and prices start from £17,555