1,500,000th Ford Focus sold to Essex cricket player Jaik Mickleburgh

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 10, 2012

Sales of Ford Focus have reached the 1,500,000th mark, with 22-year-old Jaik Mickleburgh receiving the celebrated vehicle. Mickleburgh is a right-handed batsman who plays for EssexCricket first team. He has also competed for the England U19s. Since Ford Focus was launched in 1998, it has held the lead position in terms of overall sales for a decade.

In 2008, Fiesta grabbed the Ford Focus' spot. Last year, the all-new award-winning Focus was introduced. It has received great applause due to its driver assistance technologies. More recently, it made headlines for the launch of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine, which accounted for 17% of all Focus sales in the United Kingdom in April, which is its first full month on sale.

The powertrain integrates turbocharging, twin variable cam timing and direct injection in order to produce high levels of refinement and performance with all the fuel economy benefits of downsizing. As an example, the 100PS variant benefits from the maximum 170Nm of peak torque while producing a total fuel economy of 58.9 mpg and outright petrol carbon dioxide emissions of 109 g/km, which is the best in its class. 

On another note, Jaik had his first-class debut for Essex in August 2008 versus Leicestershire. At that time, he scored 60 as Essex won by an innings. In April 2010, he scored his debut first class century of 174 off 388 balls, which include 13 fours and a six against Durham. With James Foster, this helped set a record 5th wicket partnership for Essex of 339. 

With regards to his new Focus, Jaik commented that he likes the heated seats which can soothe his aches away after playing. He disclosed that in the four years since he passed his test, he has had four Fords. Three of these vehicles were the latest Focus models and one was Kuga. He shared that for the long drives between homes, Ford County Ground delivers, while for long drives for the games, the Ford Focus is ideal.

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