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Ford ends production of Focus Electric in Europe due to low sales

Ford is ending the production of its Focus Electric in Europe, as its sales in the continent aren’t enough to rationalize the continued manufacture of the all-electric hatch. However, Ford will now import the Focus Electric from the United States to some markets in Europe where there is demand for the electrified hatch.

Graham Hoare, Ford's head of global vehicle evaluation, remarked during the sidelines of the Connected Car conference in the United Kingdom earlier this month that the decision to end production of the Focus Electric in Europe is mainly because of the fact that its volumes are not strong enough. However, Hoare noted that Ford will revisit the electric market in Europe once it reaches maturity.

Ford had been producing the Focus EV since 2013 at its manufacturing facilities in Saarlouis, Germany, where the carmaker is still producing the conventional versions (powered by internal combustion engines) of the hatch. Sadly for Ford, the Ford Electric isn’t selling so well in Europe. In fact, its sales have been below 100 units annually. According to market analysts JATO Dynamics, sales of the Focus Electric reached just 61 units in 2016, which is around nine fewer than its volume in the year prior (2015: 70 Ford Electric units).

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Ford presents custom Focus ST and Fiesta ST at 2015 SEMA Show

Ford is gracing the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas with unmatched fervour as it showcases more than 50 vehicles, easily making it the largest stand at the event. Aside from displaying these models, Ford Out Front is also offering attendees of the SEMA Show an opportunity to watch or ride in one of Ford’s performance car or trucks on a closed course.

Of course, some of the special models at Ford’s booth are customized renditions of the Ford Focus ST and the Ford Fiesta ST performance cars. These hot hatches from Ford Performance are modified in SEMA style to show how they could match the preferences as well as needs of their owners.

Ford Performance created a street- and track ready Focus ST, a rally-bound Focus ST, a cyclist’s Focus ST, a well-round Focus ST, a stylish support Fiesta ST, and a track-capable Fiesta ST.

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Ford expects to increase Focus Electric sales with the $6,000 price reduction

When New York Times reviewed the new Ford Focus Electric in 2012, its headline tells it all -- "The Battery-Driven Car Just Got a Lot More Normal." Bradley Berman, the one who wrote the review, said the conventional and normal versions of the Focus have looks that are nearly identical, noting that the only visible indication that a model is the EV variant is the small 'Electric' badge.

Otherwise, the seats inside the Focus Electric were also “oh-so normal," Berman wrote. Since Ford commenced selling the Focus Electric, the figures were not so encouraging. In fact, Ford sold just 1,738 units last year – paling in comparison to Nissan’s Leaf EV.

Slow sales of the Focus Electric has taught Ford a good lesson, that customer don’t want their EVs look like just normal cars. The Nissan Leaf has its own body style distinct from Nissan’s conventional vehicles, and it has seen its sales linger at 21,822 units in the first nine months of 2014.

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Ford slashes price of Focus Electric by $6,000, now available at $29,995

The Ford Focus Electric has just become more affordable as the American carmaker slashed the price of its electric car by $6,000. As a result, the Focus Electric is now priced at $29,995, including shipping. The price cut was made on October 13, will be available for all 2014 models and according to a Ford spokesman Ford will continue to offer the reduction until the 2015 models arrive.

For those who don’t know, this is the second time when Ford reduces the prices of the Focus Electric as in July 2013, the carmaker reduced the price by $4,000. Still, thanks to the $7,500 federal tax credit, the price of the Focus Electric is $22,495

Ford managed to sell around 1,500 vehicles this year, which means that the Focus Electric is still behind the Nissan Leaf and we don’t believe that it is a rival for the latter as 21,800 vehicles were sold in the first nine months of this year.

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The joint venture of Ford Motor Co. in China -- Changan Ford – has issued a recall of 191,770 Focus sedans built as early as 2009, according to China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ). The recall was issued following a discovery by AQSIQ of fuel leak risk in the Focus sedan.

AQSIQ probed into consumer complaints and concluded that refueling hoses in the sedan could crack and cause fuel leakage in extreme cases, possibly resulting to fires. Ford will replace the necessary parts to get rid safety hazards, according to a statement. AQSIQ could oblige Ford to widen the recall if it discovers more vehicles with similar issues.

Ford China spokeswoman Claire Li disclosed Changan Ford rolled out a customer satisfaction program in January 2012 with dealers covering 161,170 Focus vehicles for the same issue. She said the latest recall was an extension of the previous action to cover all vehicles concerned.

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Ford Focus was the best best-selling vehicle nameplate in the world in 2013, according to Ford analysis of last year’s Polk new vehicle registration data from IHS Automotive. Ford posted an 8.1 percent surge in registrations of the Focus to 1,097,618 cars globally, including 317,110 in Europe. Europe accounted for 29 percent of total registrations while China generated more than one in every three Focus sales, according to Polk data.

Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president for Ford Motor Company Global Marketing, Sales and Service, remarked that it was remarkable to see Focus leading the industry as the best -selling vehicle nameplate in the world. He said that the new Focus underscores Ford’s commitment to continuous improvement –better technology and a sleeker, more modern exterior.

The new Focus features a restyled bonnet, grille and headlamps and new rear light clusters as well as a restyled boot lid. The interior of the new Focus features satin chrome detailing, new seat trims and switches. The new Focus offers a package of sensor-based, driver-assist technologies like Cross Traffic Alert that warns of approaching vehicles while reversing out of a parking space; Perpendicular Parking that helps drivers reverse into spaces alongside other cars; and Park-Out Assist that allows drivers to avoid obstacles while exiting a parallel parking space.

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Back in March, at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show we saw the Ford Focus Facelift and honestly we were very impressed by its looks. For the 2014 New York International Auto Show, Ford prepared the 2015 Focus Sedan and already showed the new vehicle ahead of its premiere in the Big Apple. Just like the hatchback version, the 2015 Ford Focus Sedan offers a new front end as well as new taillights and a new rear bumper.

For the 2015MY, Ford Focus receives the SE Sport Package, which consists of new body treatments, paddle shifters for the automatic transmission, a revised touring suspension as well as 17-inch black gloss aluminum wheels wrapped in P215/50 HR-17 tires.

Ford says that the new paddle shift feature provides an additional element of control for the drivers as it allows them to simulate the manual gear selection aspects of a manual transmission, yet extracting more power from the engine.

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Few leaked photos made Ford officially unveil today the 2014 Focus Facelift. Created under Ford Europe design director Steffan Lamm, the new Focus Facelift comes with a new trapezoidal front grille which is now positioned higher up on the nose, redesigned headlpamps that will also become a feature on all new Ford models, a new bonnet that features a centre power dome leading down the grille, redesigned front bumper and new front wings.

At the rear we find redesigned taillights that are now wider and a new rear bumper. The 2014 Ford Focus Facelift will be the first vehicle in Europe to feature the new fuel-efficient 1.5-liter EcoBoost petrol engine delivering 150 hp or 180 hp.

Moreover, the car will also be available with the new 1.5-liter TDCi diesel engine that generates 95 hp and 120 hp. Still, Ford Focus Facelift will continue to offer the 1.0-liter EcoBoost petrol engine that develops 100 hp or 120 hp. Ford promises a new version of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost that will offer sub-100 g/km CO2 emissions.

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Ford Focus is the top-selling nameplate worldwide in the first half of 2013 with a 20% increase compared to the first half of 2012. It received this same title for the entire 2012 and is on track to be recognized also for 2013. Furthermore, Ford Fiesta is the No. 4 vehicle in terms of sales. According to Polk global vehicle registration data, Ford is the only brand to have two nameplates among the global top five best-sellers.

There were 589,709 Ford Focus registrations in the first six months of 2013, mainly driven by the increasing demand from customers in China and other Asian countries. In China, Focus sales went up 137% from 2012, to a total of 202,380 vehicles.

This means that China is the single biggest global market for the car with a third of Focus sales. The Focus is being lauded for its smooth handling, advanced technologies, looks, performance, and fuel economy. It is doing well in other countries in Asia too. Through September, Ford says that Focus sales are higher by 193% in Indonesia, 72% in both the Philippines and Vietnam, and 42% in Thailand.

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The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is probing incidents of stalling in Ford Focus electric cars after getting 12 consumer complaints. The preliminary evaluation covers 2012-2013 models years of the Focus electric cars and was launched after 11 of the 12 complaints claimed the vehicle shut down while driving, according to documents filed with the NHTSA.

The probe covers around 1,000 of the Focus plug-ins, which were launched in 2012. Around half of the incidents occurred while drivers were cruising at speeds above 30 mph, with all complaints received within the past five months, according to the NHTSA. No accidents or injuries, however were reported. A Ford spokeswoman said the carmaker is cooperating with NHTSA over the probe. NHTSA typically commences a preliminary evaluation when consumer complaints or manufacturer service bulletins suggest a possibly harmful defect.

Depending on the result, NHTSA either commences an engineering analysis or closes the probe. Depending on the result of the engineering analysis, a vehicle may be recalled or the inquiry may be closed. On the other hand, NHTSA is probing braking problems in BMW 328i cars from model year 2013 after receiving four consumer complaints.

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A new ultra-efficient version of the Ford Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost will be the first gasoline-run family car in Europe to offer carbon dioxide emissions of just 99 g/km. The Focus 1.0-liter EcoBoost returned 67.5mpg in mileage tests, all thanks to a calibrated 100PS version of the fuel efficient engine.

The new Ford Focus is set to feature Ford ECOnetic Technology – which includes ultra-low rolling resistance tires, distinct aerodynamics under the car and revised gearing – all designed to help increase the car’s fuel efficiency.

Barb Samardzich, European Product Development vice president, remarked that years ago, only a few thought that a medium-sized petrol car could break the 100g/km carbon dioxide emission barrier. He noted that Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine “has a habit of taking expectations of what a petrol engine can deliver and turning them upside down.”

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Ford Motor Co will cut the price of its 2014 Focus Electric compact by 10 percent, dropping its starting price to $35,200, according to company spokeswoman Amanda Zusman. Ford will start rolling out the 2014 Focus Electric to dealerships in the next few weeks. The price excludes government credits and other charges.

The 2013 Focus Electric has starting price of $39,200. According to Zusman, the new price will keep Ford's first electric passenger car "competitive" in the market. Ford has produced 2,517 Focus electric cars and has sold 1,593 since launching it in 2012.

The carmaker sold 900 Focus electric cars in the first half of 2013. Ford joins General Motors and Nissan Motor in trimming the prices of their electric and plug-in offerings as other carmakers enter the segment with their own products.

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Ford and Toyota are both laying claim to the "world's best-selling vehicle nameplate" title. While Ford announced last week that its Ford Focus is the "world's best-selling vehicle nameplate" in 2012, Toyota is insisting that its Toyota Corolla was the real title-holder. Each carmaker sold over a million of their own nameplates, and they want more than just selling hordes of vehicles – they want to have the bragging rights, which only one of them could really claim.

So as to which nameplate is really the number one is the world, the answer is not that easy to determine since it depends on the definition of "nameplate," which body styles or derivatives are included, and who is keeping track of the sales figures. Erich Merkle, Ford's top sales analyst, cited Polk global new-vehicle registration data as basis for the carmaker’s claim to the title. Toyota spokesman Dion Corbett, begs to differ, saying that the Corolla is the global number one.

Ford issued a press release last week citing Polk data that said the "Ford Focus nameplate" topped the 2012 global vehicle registration figures. On Polk’s count, Ford sold around 1,020,410 Ford Focuses in 2012, boosted by gains in China and the United States. Polk’s count of the global figures for the Corolla was 872,774 in 2012.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2013 Ford Focus Electric a top vehicle safety rating. Focus Electric, which is Ford’s first all-electric passenger vehicle, received a five-star Overall Vehicle Score for the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing, which merges vehicle performance in frontal and side-impact crash tests and rollover resistance.

Steve Kenner, global director of the Ford Automotive Safety Office, said that aside from the top safety rating, the Focus Electric also boasts a faster-charging technology that allows for a full recharge in 3 to 4 hours. Front and side airbag technologies are featured on the Focus Electric for its individual occupants.

The airbag for the driver has a reconfigured curve-shaped tether system that pulls in the lower section to make a “pocket” that helps in reducing the impact on the driver’s chest and ribs in the event of frontal crashes. The pioneering side airbags use one-of-a-kind shoulder vents that remain open and lessen the pressure for smaller occupants who usually benefit from reduced forces.

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The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has granted a top safety rating to the MY2013 Ford Focus after the model earned a five-star Overall Vehicle Score in the agency’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing. The NCAP testing combines vehicle performance in frontal and side-impact crash tests and a resistance to rollover evaluation. The new Focus features next-generation front and side airbag technologies as well as segment-exclusive Safety Canopy curtain airbags.

The airbag on the driver side features a curve-shaped tether system that pulls in the lower section during frontal crashes to create a "pocket" that helps reduce the impact of the airbag on the chest and ribs. Seat mounted side airbags, meanwhile, feature unique shoulder vents designed to line up with the shoulder area of a larger occupant, which should keep the side airbag from venting.

For smaller passengers whose shoulders are below the vent, the gas vents out of the airbag instead. Other safety and driver assist technologies installed on the MY2013 Ford Focus include AdvanceTrac with electronic stability control. This system helps the Focus maintain its intended path as it measures side-to-side yaw or skidding and monitor its speed, throttle position and steering wheel angle.

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Nissan will build a new car in its Sunderland plant that will be competing directly with the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf in 2014. This marks the first time that Nissan will offer a new car in the European small family hatchback class since 2006, which is the time when the company discontinued the Almera.

Since then, Nissan had been promoting the Qashqai crossover, after it decided in the early 2000s that it may only participate in the family car segment by providing something different. Nissan used the same formula to the supermini segment, which launches the Juke in 2010 to drive sales success.

After achieving success with these two models, Nissan officials said that the company has gained more confidence and has increased its market share in Europe to provide a more mainstream model once more.

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Superchips Ltd. is launching another product this year – an ECU remap for the diminutive 1.0-litre, 125 PS (123 bhp) turbocharged Ecoboost Ford Focus that boosts performance significantly. Superchips is widely regarded as the top automotive electronic tuning company in the world. Consumers can get the Superchips ECU remap on the company’s Bluefin ‘Plug-in and go’ DIY programming handset.

With this product, owners of the Focus 1.0-litre Ecoboost would be able to provide a fully reversible performance upgrade at an inexpensive price. The new ‘downsized’ 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine has been praised for being efficient and refined as well as for having a ‘reasonable level of urge.’

But when the units are dressed in the Focus’ 1240 kg bodyshell, it becomes clear that the Superchips remap would make cars more powerful and more responsive as well as enable them to get higher torque.

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With the current European crisis, consumers are beginning to shift allegiance to vehicles that offer good fuel economy. As a testament to that, around a quarter of total sales of Ford Focus in Europe is comprised of the variant that is fitted with 1.0-liter gasoline engine that offers great fuel economy.

The three-cylinder gasoline engine could provide up to 125 hp of output, while consuming only five litres of fuel for every 100 kilometres travelled and emitting only 114 grams of carbon dioxide for every kilometre cruised. Another variant of the 1.0-gasoline engine could offer up to 100 hp of output, while consuming only 4.8 litres of fuel for every 100 kilometres and emitting only 109 grams of carbon dioxide for every kilometre.

The figures represent a 25 percent improvement over the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter gasoline engine it replaces. Although a diesel engine with the same power offers better fuel economy at 4.20L/100km, it is more expensive in the United Kingdom by £800 ($1,240). Ford is currently the only carmaker in Europe that offers a 1.0-liter gasoline engine in a compact car, the closest rival would be the 1.2-liter power plant installed in VW Golf.

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A total of 16 Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) world speed records were set by Ford’s new 125PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, which was used to power the Ford Focus. The records were set over distances from 0.6 miles to 2,550.5 miles. The records were accomplished by drivers, which include World Rally Championships icon Jari-Matti Latvala.

The event took place at the end of May at the CERAM test circuit in Mortefontaine, France. Three Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost cars – exactly the same as those available in Europe dealerships – were driven by Latvala and eight journalists from France and the U.S.

To qualify, every car had to be supervised by an official FFSA (Fédération Française du Sport Automobile) steward after having been chosen from the Ford manufacturing facility in Saarlouis, Germany. The “sub-1.0-litre class” world records were set by the three Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost models for times that covered one mile from a standing and flying start as well as for highest average speeds over distances from 10km (6.21 miles) to 4,104.7km (2,550.5 miles).

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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. 

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