Ford Focus

From Ford press: The Ford Focus, reworked for the 2005 model year, continues to deliver award-winning quality, great driving dynamics, environmentally responsible emissions, superb passenger space and low cost of ownership.

Focus enters 2006 with a series of changes to better suit individual customers needs, including a new Street Appearance Package, several new colors and content upgrades across the model range. Focus is available as a three-door ZX3 hatchback, five-door ZX5 hatchback, ZX4 sedan and ZXW wagon in S, SE, and SES trims. Sedan models are also available in the performance ST version.

Focus benefits from the Ford’s “Revolution Under the Hood,” a massive undertaking that began about five years ago to improve powertrain performance, refinement, fuel economy and emissions. Three engine choices begin with the 136-horsepower, 2.0-liter Duratec 20 dual-overhead-cam, inline four-cylinder. Powering the sporty Focus ZX4 ST is the 151-horsepower 2.3-liter Duratec 23 DOHC I-4. This engine is derived from the Duratec 20 family, with larger displacement and performance-tuned exhaust.

In California, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine, a super-clean Duratec 20E qualifies Focus as a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle. The 20E version of Focus is cleaner than some hybrid-electric vehicles. The Duratec 20 and 20E are available with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic. Focus ZX4 ST offers a 5-speed manual.

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