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Ford begins shipping new Focus Estate

4th May 2011 Print
Ford Focus Estate

Ford dealers will soon start selling the new estate version of the all-new Ford Focus, with full production now underway.
The new German-built model is being shipped to dealers for sale from late May. Customers will then have a choice of two dynamic and attractive bodystyles – five-door and estate – to suit their lifestyles.
“Customer and media reception for the all-new five-door Focus has been exceptional, and we expect an equally enthusiastic welcome for the estate model,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing Sales and Service, Ford of Europe.
“Ford dealers across Europe are seeing strong demand as they launch the new Focus range, with well over 20,000 customer orders by early April – and this figure is rising fast.
“New Ford Focus brings class-leading levels of technology, design and driving quality to the medium car market, and the estate will deliver these same qualities to an even broader group of customers,” he added.
Dynamic and Practical Estate
The attractive Ford Focus estate is an important model for the UK market, with about 15 per cent of all Focus customers forecast to choose this bodystyle.
"The estate has always been a key strength of the Ford Focus range in Europe and its popularity is second only to the five-door," said Gunnar Herrmann, who oversaw the development of the new Focus as Ford's global medium car line director.
"Customers want the extra space and flexibility a traditional estate provides, but still expect all the technology, great driving dynamics, and superb styling of the five-door.
The new Focus estate provides a balance of dynamic looks and functional practicality. Standard full-length integrated aluminium roof rails enhance the estate’s attractive kinetic design, while the tailgate neatly incorporates a compact roof spoiler.
Stylish and Spacious
The spacious interior has been carefully designed to offer generous accommodation for both passengers and their luggage.
At 2,648mm, the estate shares the same wheelbase as the five-door model, but to accommodate a larger load area, overall length is increased by 198mm to 4,556mm. This provides valuable extra space, without sacrificing the compact overall dimensions of the Focus.
With the rear seats in place the estate has a large, regular load compartment, with a volume of 476 litres.  The rear seats offer a flexible 60/40 split and have a convenient ‘flip and fold’ mechanism to tip the seat cushion forward and create a flat load platform with the seat backs.  In two-seat mode, the maximum load capacity is a substantial 1,502 litres (luggage volumes quoted with standard mini spare wheel).
The suspension layout, with inclined monotube dampers, enables the lowest possible floor height, while also maximising load width between the wheel arches. The estate can accommodate loads measuring 1,149mm wide, an increase of 119mm compared with the five-door model.
Flexible and Versatile
In keeping with its family car character, the new Focus estate is available with a comprehensive range of features.
Customers can tailor the load compartment with a variety of accessories, from floor liner mats and luggage nets to dog guards and load retention barriers.
The standard polished aluminium roof rails provide the stylish basis for a complete roof carrier system, including dedicated cross bar fittings to transport everything from bicycles to skis.
For the comfort and safety of younger passengers, the driver can be reassured by convenience features like the rear seat belt minders – to alert the driver if rear seat passengers are not securely belted in – and power operated rear door child locks.
Full Choice of Low-CO2 Powertrains
The estate is available with the same exciting choice of low-CO2 powertrains and smart technology features as the all-new five-door Ford Focus.
The powertrain line-up includes the state-of-the-art new 150PS 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost turbocharged direct injection petrol engine, and a choice of advanced and improved Duratorq TDCi common-rail diesel engines, all of which offer significant reductions in fuel consumption compared to the outgoing model.
In addition to the highly efficient petrol and diesel powertrains, the new Focus range also incorporates other features from Ford ECOnetic technologies to help minimise fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
All vehicles with 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost petrol and 1.6-litre TDCi diesel engines are equipped with standard Auto-Start-Stop, meaning CO2 emissions at 109g/km on the diesel model.
Unprecedented Level of Smart Technologies
The new estate also benefits from unprecedented investment in vehicle technologies, which has resulted in the Focus line-up offering customers an exciting array of advanced features generally found only in larger, more expensive vehicles.

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