Following its unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Ford has announced that a new version of its Focus will begin rolling off production lines from the end of 2007.

Focusing now on 'kinetic design' for future Fords, - I couldn't resist, sorry - the facelifted new Focus is the latest model to adopt the styling soon to be synonymous with the brand and featured across the entire European-marketed range. Having sold in excess of 1.1 million units in its present second-generation form, the post-op Focus is sure to continue the vehicle's impressive sales success story.

The 2008 Focus continues Ford's theme of kineticism from its trapezoidal grilles and new swept back headlights through to its chunky wheel arches and contoured tailgate with newly-shaped rear glass. New tail lamps also adorn the facelifted Focus, although remain pillar-mounted. Improved trim quality benefits from chrome detailing and a body-coloured upper rear spoiler. Cabin controls and instrumentation have been redesigned, while new soft-touch plastics and seat fabrics contribute to the Focus' smartly-renewed finishings.

As announced last month, the Focus 'ECOnetic' will the first of a new range of CO2-reducing vehicles to be released onto the market. Powerered by a 109 PS 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi engine, this environmentally-friendlier Focus will boast 65 mpg and CO2 emissions of only 115g/km. All Focus models bar the Coupe-Cabriolet and ST flagship versions will be on sale from February next year, with the latter models launching in Spring.

Facelifted Focus for Frankfurt