Ford Focus

From Ford press: According to Ford Motor Company research, the small-car market will continue to grow approximately 5 percent per year until it reaches one-third of all new-vehicle sales by 2008. This rising demand is fueled by consumers’ desire for more fuel-efficient transportation as the price of gas continues to climb, and consumers’ desire for smaller, more nimble transportation in increasingly urban settings.

To meet this growing demand, Ford has further refined the award-winning Ford Focus for 2007. The Focus continues to be among the leaders in the small-car segment, thanks to its spirited driving character, contemporary exterior appearance and smart interior. And, as it has from the beginning, it delivers award-winning quality, environmentally responsible emissions, superb passenger space and low cost of ownership.

Focus enters 2007 with a series of changes to address the needs of those seeking a more individualized vehicle. These include class-exclusive, leather-trimmed sport seats, two new exterior colors and upgrades to the standard and premium audio systems.

The importance of choice and versatility is evident in the many Focus configurations available. Focus offers more body styles than any of its competitors: a three-door hatchback, a five-door hatchback, a four-door sedan and a wagon — all available in S, SE and SES trims. A sedan model is also available in the performance ST version.

Three engine choices begin with the 136-horsepower, 2.0-liter, Duratec 20 dual-overhead-cam (DOHC), inline four-cylinder (I-4). Powering the sporty Focus 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, 130-horsepower Duratec 20E qualifies Focus as a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle. The 20E version of Focus is cleaner than some hybrid gas-electric vehicles. The Duratec 20 and 20E are available with a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic. Focus ST offers a five-speed manual exclusively.

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