Ford launches 1.6-liter Focus

Ford launches 1.6-liter Focus image

Text: / Photos: | posted January 23, 2006 00:00

After the successful launch of the Focus 1.8L Ghia and 2.0L Sport, Ford Group Philippines introduces the Focus 1.6L Trend M/T. "The Focus symbolizes our aggressive pace of product development and the introduction of 1.6L Trend signifies our commitment to meet the different lifestyle needs of the Filipino consumers", shared Luie Dy Buncio, Ford Group Philippines vice-president for sales and marketing.

Topnotch drivability and riding comfort

Driving quality has been a Focus trademark from the beginning. The Focus 1.6L Trend's Duratec engine is designed to be very efficient and maintains its fun-to-drive dynamic character while delivering low levels of maintenance and extremely long service life. The MacPherson strut independent front suspension has been refined to ensure a balance between ride comfort and road holding. The 'A' arm mounting points and bushes have been refined to ensure controlled movement and limit deflections, ensuring maximum wheel contact with the road. Also, the trademark Control Blade multi-link independent rear suspension provides excellent handling and ride quality and reduces NVH. Class-leading dimensions (including wheelbase and track width) give the Focus a sure-footed stance and an improved interior package.

With the added features drivers will appreciate the levels of comfort that have been achieved in this car without sacrificing its signature agility, stability and precise reaction to steering inputs. The new chassis has been engineered to provide high levels of vibration isolation and stable confidence-enhancing body control, making it reassuringly comfortable even on coarse roads. Passengers will also experience a comfortable ride as there is more knee room.

Stylish interior

A premium has been placed on ensuring that the interior of the Ford Focus offers unrivalled comfort and convenience that means effective air conditioning, high quality seating and premium trim detailing. The rear A/C vents are designed to make air travel to the rear seats, giving passengers full control of Ford airconditioning.

The instrument panel is fully integrated with the center console in an inverted L-shape to provide a cockpit feel for the driver. The low, sporty seating position and 35/65 glass-to-metal ratio contributes to this feeling. Although you feel snug and secure, there is a significant improvement in roominess. The generous headroom of the previous Focus has been maintained while shoulder room has improved. Directly in front of the driver, the instrument panel is set for optimized visibility. Thanks to the intuitive ergonomic design, all controls and switches fall close to hand and are exactly where the driver would expect to find them, providing a more comfortable and safer driving environment. The interior color and trim features Medium Light Stone which gives the Focus 1.6L Trend interior a warm and airy feel. And a large (12-liter capacity) glove compartment features an integrated plug for connecting MP3 players to the 4-speaker, single CD in-dash audio system.

The P788,000 Ford Focus 1.6L Trend m/t is manufactured at Ford's world-class Sta. Rosa plant and is available in five colors: Platinum, Jeans Blue, Magnetic Silver, Deep Rosso Red and Diamond White. For a test drive, visit any of our Ford dealerships at the following venues: 1) Metro Manila - Alabang, Balintawak, Commonwealth, Edsa Greenhills, Libis, Ford Global City, Manila, Quezon Avenue and Shaw Blvd; 2) Provinces - Bacolod, Cabanatuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cavite, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Pampanga and San Pablo.