Ford is having a good harvest so far this year for its Focus ST in the United Kingdom, especially after the carmaker introduced new petrol and diesel powertrains. In fact, Ford has already sold nearly 6,700 diesel and petrol versions of the Focus ST in the UK so far this year, a far cry from the 2,460 units sold in the entire duration of last year.
The new 185PS diesel Focus ST accounts for around 45 percent of demand in the UK while the 250PS EcoBoost petrol model generated 55 percent of sales in the country. Ford has now sold over 50,000 units of the Focus ST since 2002, when it introduced the ST170 in the market.
For the next model year, the diesel version of the Focus ST will be available with a six-speed dual-clutch PowerShift transmission, the deliveries of which are scheduled in early 2016. With this new transmission, the diesel Focus ST can now be driven either in full automatic mode or in the manual mode through the paddle mounted behind the steering wheel.
For those who wanted a more dynamic and enjoyable driving experience, the Focus ST offers them the Sport mode. This mode, selected when drivers move the gear lever to the S position, features a sports shift program that shifts up at higher engine speeds and shifts down under braking.
This variant of the new Focus ST – with a diesel engine mated to a PowerShift transmission – is set to become the carmaker's fastest accelerating diesel car ever, having the capability to sprint from zero to 62 mph in just 7.7 seconds (minus 0.4 seconds vs. manual version) and emit just 119 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.
It also has the capability to travel (combined) 61.4 miles on a gallon of diesel. Moreover, the new Focus ST now features more optimized chassis control technologies and better tuned suspension and steering.
It also features bespoke tire specification. For its new five-door and Estate models, also installed are an array of advanced driver assistance technologies as well as connectivity features like the SYNC 2.
Roelant de Waard, vice president for Marketing, Sales and Service at Ford of Europe, remarked that the Focus ST has been a success, with customers split in their choice between the petrol and diesel engine.
He noted that drivers are now given the privilege to enjoy the Ford PowerShift transmission that allows the swapping between automatic and manual shifting. A unit of Ford Motor Co., Ford of Europe is in charge of production, sales and service of Ford brand vehicles in around 50 individual markets.
It boasts of a 53,000–member workforce at its wholly owned facilities. When joint ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included, Ford of Europe employs around 68,000 people.
Its operations include Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Customer Service Division and 24 manufacturing facilities -- 16 of which are wholly owned or consolidated joint venture facilities while eight are unconsolidated joint venture facilities. Ford commenced production in Europe in 1911.