Ford to debut the new Focus Econetic model at the Frankfurt Motor Show








Ford will debut the new Focus Econetic model at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week. This is the most economical Ford Focus ever – and the most efficient non-hybrid family car in the whole of Europe.

The 1.6 litre diesel engine will return 83.1mpg and emit just 89g/km which will qualify this mid-sector favourite for road tax-free motoring. This has been made possible via a number of subtle tweaks to optimise performance. It’s overshadows its closest rival the Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion, which does 74mpg and emits 99g/km.

On sale in the middle of next year, the new Focus Econetic gets a 104bhp 1.6-litre turbodiesel which boasts stop-start and a clever energy efficient alternator. Inside, there’s a dash-mounted Eco Mode, which helps the owner to drive more efficiently, along with a gearshift indicator.

The Focus Econetic also has an active grille shutter which improves aerodynamics by shutting the grille opening at high speed. The final tweak is a new diesel particulate filter and nitrogen oxide trap.

In addition to the Focus Econetic, Ford will also unveil a highly efficent 1.0-litre three-cylinder Ecoboost petrol-engined model and a revised Fiesta Econetic with a 94bhp 1.6-litre diesel.

The latter is the first Fiesta to get stop-start and returns 85.6mpg while emitting 87g/km of CO2, making it road tax exempt. It will go on sale alongside the Focus Econetic in mid-2012.

Ford says that half of its cars sold in Europe by late 2012 will carry the Econetic badges, increasing to two-thirds by 2013.

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Ford unleashes new wave of vehicles and technologies at the Geneva Motor Show

The 81st Geneva Motor Show will be the stage for a series of major new vehicle and customer focused technology announcements by Ford.

Ford of Europe Chairman and CEO Stephen T. Odell will unveil a groundbreaking new vehicle during a Ford news conference at 14:30 on March 1 at the Ford stand, in Hall 5. Alan Mulally, Ford’s CEO, will make a special appearance by video during the news conference from Hanover, Germany, where he will be delivering a keynote speech at CeBIT, Europe’s largest technology show.

They will also be joined in Geneva by Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s Group Vice President, Global Product Development and Jim Farley, Group Vice President, Global Marketing Sales and Service, on a The Ford show stand in Geneva packed with four new additions to its upcoming product range and highlighting exclusive Ford technologies designed to significantly enhance the driving experience for customers.

“Today Ford has its strongest product line-up ever and we’ve got an aggressive plan to keep our vehicle portfolio the freshest in the industry,” Odell said. “We have at least 20 new models and derivatives coming across our entire European range – from small cars to commercial vehicles – and at Geneva we will be introducing some of these. From zero emission electric vehicles like the new Focus Electric, the versatile new Ranger Wildtrak and the Vertrek SUV concept – that hints at the next-generation Kuga – to our latest rally car, the Fiesta RS WRC, they will all be on the Ford stand.”

Ford also plans the European debut of the C-MAX Energi, a pre-production version of the plug-in hybrid first shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, that will launch in Europe in 2013. The vehicle will be built at Ford’s Valencia plant in Spain.

21st Century styling for Ford’s Ranger Wildtrak
The all-new Ford Ranger Wildtrak is making its global debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, a sporty compact pickup that delivers impressive power and safety, excellent fuel efficiency and significant capability. Due to go on sale in the UK towards the end of this year, the new Ford Ranger will feature a range of class-leading safety and “smart” technologies to make it easier, safer and more fun to drive than ever before.

Vertrek concept − kinetic design taken to the next level
Ford’s vision for a sleeker, sportier and more stylish compact SUV makes its European debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. First shown at the North American International Auto Show in January, the Ford Vertrek concept signals the direction of the next-generation Kuga, with leading design and fuel efficiency.

The Vertrek concept is based on Ford’s global C-segment platform, which includes the all-new Ford Focus range and the latest C-MAX and Grand C-MAX multi-activity vehicles.

Plug in to the all-new Focus Electric
The all-new Focus Electric, Ford’s first-ever all-electric passenger car, was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in January and comes to Europe in 2012. The zero emission, fuel-free, version of Ford’s popular compact car will be a flagship for the company’s growing fleet of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles to go on sale in Europe in 2012 and North America by 2013.

Focus Electric is designed to offer sufficient range to cover the majority of daily driving habits and will introduce new features developed especially for electric vehicles which encourage efficient driving style whilst maximising driver enjoyment.

Acclaimed hybrid powersplit architecture in C-MAX Energi
Ford introduces the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid at the Geneva Show, the first of two electrified models based on the C-MAX five-passenger multi-activity vehicle. It will be joined by a C-MAX HEV when they both go on sale in Europe in 2013. They offer low fuel consumption and emissions as well as a distinctive body design and a flexible interior.

Zero emissions with practical Transit Connect
Ford’s commitment to a global vehicle electrification strategy is further demonstrated by a show car development of its zero-emission Transit Connect Electric in Geneva.

Based on the Transit Connect Kombi it is one of several electric Ford vehicles currently on test in the UK and features the same battery electric power train as the Transit Connect Electric Van, which goes on sale in the UK later this year.

Developed in conjunction with Ford’s US-based electric vehicles partner Azure Dynamics, it has a proprietary Force Drive™ battery electric drive train powered by an advanced battery pack designed by Johnson Controls-Saft.

New 114g/km CO2 Mondeo ECOnetic and Ford large car powertrain enhancements
Ford is boosting its flagship large car family with a new 114g/km CO2 Mondeo ECOnetic and introducing a range of additional powertrain enhancements for its Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy models.

A new and efficient 1.6-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi, with peak power of 115 PS, has been added to the comprehensive range of engines offered in Ford’s large cars. At the same time the Ford Auto-Start-Stop system is being made available for this small displacement diesel engine, as well as for the recently introduced 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost engine (160 PS).

The combination of the 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi and Ford Auto-Start-Stop system also builds a solid foundation for the new Ford Mondeo ECOnetic, which boasts homologated CO2 emissions as low as 114 g/km.

New Metal Ka from Ford’s Individual designers
Ford’s small car has a new eye-catching styling scheme. The new Metal Ka is part of Ford’s Individual programme. Sitting alongside the established Ka models, the Metal Ka will come to the UK in April.

Ford’s all-new Fiesta RS World Rally Car in full team livery will be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show, straight from its debut appearance at Rally Sweden, first round of the 2011 World Rally Championship. Ford’s four-wheel drive WRC challenger is derived from the best-selling Fiesta road car and developed from the 2010 Monte Carlo Rally-winning Fiesta S2000 rally car by the Blue Oval’s long-term British-based partner M-Sport, with support from Ford of Europe.

Low-carbon Fords to drive in London for Free

Drivers of existing low-CO2 Ford vehicles equipped with ECOnetic technologies are set to benefit from zero London Congestion Charge regulations coming into force in January.

From January 4th, the new Greener Vehicle 100 per cent Discount will mean exemption from the Congestion Charge for cars with CO2 emissions of 100g/km or less, which also meet the Euro 5 standard for air quality.

Ford’s Fiesta and Fiesta Van ECOnetic models both emit 98g/km CO2 – less than the current Congestion Charge threshold of 100g/km of CO2.

Jon Wellsman, sales director, Ford of Britain, said: “Ford offers a large range of cars and commercial vehicles and I am delighted that they include vehicles which will be exempt from the London Congestion Charge. Even more exciting is the introduction of our zero-emission Transit Connect Electric in 2011 and Focus Electric in 2012.”

The next review of Congestion Charge discount criteria will be carried out in 2012. For more information, please visit:

Focus Goes Green

World debut wows crowds in Motor City. Bosses confirm electric and plug-in hybrid versions on way.

As well as being the most technically advanced family hatchback ever launched, Ford’s new Focus also promises to be the greenest!

Speaking at the Detroit Motor Show – where the new Focus made its public debut – company chairman Bill Ford announced both electric and plug-in hybrid versions of the car would be built in the US. The EV will be available in only 18 months, with the plug-in hybrid going on sale in 2012. Although details are yet to be confirmed, a Ford source has told Auto Express that the EV edition, which will initially only be available in left-hand drive, is to share much of its technology with the recent Magna-engined BEV prototype.

With a 23kWh lithium-ion battery, it will deliver 134bhp and offer a range of around 75 miles. A full charge will take six hours from a household plug, and half that time from a 400-volt industrial supply. Meanwhile, the plug-in hybrid will use the same lithium-ion battery technology and incorporate a conventional hybrid powertrain, similar to that fitted to Toyota’s Prius, rather than the range-extending EV technology offered by Vauxhall’s Ampera.

Speculation suggests that this car could reach the UK late in 2012. The technology has already been fitted to the US-only Escape 4×4, which returns around 120mpg with fully charged batteries. Cells are topped up by braking and freewheeling, or can be recharged with a standard household plug.

The Focus, which is lighter, smaller and more aerodynamic than the Escape, should better this figure with fuel economy of more than 130mpg.

Ford’s all-new Focus range goes on sale in the UK later this year, with the introduction of the Grand C-MAX.

It will be joined in January 2011 by the five-door hatchback model, also revealed at Detroit.

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Source | Auto Express | Written By Dan Strong

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Top Awards For South East Partnership

Peter Isted (left) and Marc Matthew of Lifestyle with this year's awards

Peter Isted (left) and Marc Matthew of Lifestyle with this year's awards

Business partners Marc Matthew and Peter Isted of Lifestyle Europe, have had an incredible year.

Having already won the prestigious title of Best Retail Group, awarded by the motor industry magazine, AM, for the second year running, Lifestyle has gone on to triumph with further award wins both within the automotive industry and the public, for its levels of customer care.

In addition to this year’s AM award, Lifestyle Ford has picked up three Ford Motor Company Chairman’s Awards for customer service, in a scheme voted for directly by Lifestyle’s customers. In judging the awards, Ford’s research teams conducted extensive enquiries into how customers felt about the quality of attention they received when buying a new car or having one serviced.

Marc Matthew, Chairman, and Peter Isted, Managing Director, started the company in May 2001 and their focus on delivering such good customer service has enabled them to expand the company to nine locations throughout Kent, Surrey and Sussex, in a network employing 450 staff. As Marc explains, this trio of Ford awards is yet further recognition of the hard work and dedication to customer care, on behalf of the staff at Lifestyle which, in turn, ensures that the group is able to buck the trend during this difficult period for much of the motor trade:

”The awards from Ford are very special, as they are judged directly and anonymously by our customers. It’s the ultimate test of the service we provide and a tribute to our members of staff who treat every customer as a lifelong one.”

Adding to this year’s accolades, Lifestyle has also been awarded the prize from Car Dealer magazine for running the best interactive customer website at and this commitment to delivering a hassle free buying and servicing experience was further underlined with the award in May of Business of the Year – again, voted for by the public, in this case, newspaper readers in West Sussex where Lifestyle operates Ford and Mazda showrooms.

Lifestyle’s crop of awards also includes a runner-up environmental prize in the same West Sussex awards for a scheme set up by Peter in which a tree is planted for every new car sold, as he explains:

“The Ford range, in particular, has made huge steps in improving fuel efficiency with one model, the Fiesta ECOnetic delivering over 70 miles per gallon. We committed to the tree planting, as it’s a public way of demonstrating a bit of responsibility. Still, delighted as we are to have picked up seven awards this year, we’re happy to only come second on this one – perhaps there was no chance that a car dealer group could win the green prize!”

Ford Focus Econetic voted car of the year by WhatGreenCar?

Environmental motoring website Whatgreencar? has awarded its first Green Car of the Year award to the Ford Focus ECOnetic.’s lifetime impact rating covering cars’ use and manufacture scored the 1.6-litre ECOnetic Focus better than the site’s benchmark hybrid.

The site’s independent panel of judges, representing leading UK transport organisations including the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and Energy Saving Trust, unanimously declared the frugal Ford as the greenest family-size car available.

Judge and editor Dr Ben Lane said: “With the fuel efficient Ford Focus ECOnetic , all new car buyers have the opportunity to purchase a more environmentally friendly car that meets the average motorist’s needs.”

Whatgreencar ratings range from 0 for the greenest vehicles to 100 for the most polluting, with the Ford Focus judged best in class. With a rating of 33, the 65.6mpg Ford Focus ECOnetic (110PS), emitting 115g CO2/km, sits between a 1.0-litre model and the lowest rated hybrid.

Roelant de Waard, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, said: “Drivers want to be green but without giving up comfort and performance or paying a high price. Ford ECOnetics answer that demand and I’m delighted that Whatgreencar? has recognised this.”

Ford Focus ECOnetic was the first of Ford’s low CO2 models to go on sale, followed by Mondeo ECOnetic, capable of 53.3mpg with CO2 emissions of 139g/km, in July this year. A sub-100g Fiesta ECOnetic will appear early next year.

ECOnetics boast improved aerodynamics, low rolling resistance tyres and enhanced lubrication to achieve best possible CO2 and fuel consumption. For example Ford Focus ECOnetic is lowered by 10 millimetres at the front and 8mm at the back.

Its aerodynamics kit, comprising modified front bumper skirt, rocker claddings and rear spoiler, helps to deliver an aerodynamic drag coefficient (cd) of 0.31. Tyres are 195/65R15 spec and new low-viscosity transmission oil was developed with Ford’s fuel partner BP.

For more information on the Ford Range please visit: Lifestyle Ford

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