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CATS Car-nival previews all new Ford Focus

By SYF77 on 01 Dec 2011

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I was at the CATS Car-nival recently to catch the preview of the all-new Ford Focus. The model on display was the 4-door version, although I have hoped to see the 5-door instead as it looked more stunning in picture. However, buyers can select the 2 body styles which are priced similarly. A wagon body style is also available, costing an extra $3000.
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The avant-garde dashboard is attractively styled as compared to the more conservative VW Jetta. On top of that, the soft touch plastic on the dashboard feels good to touch and adds a premium feel to the interior. According to the sales lady, the plastic is supposedly certified to be non-allergic in the UK. However, the same quality feel cannot be said of the interior door panels, which is a shame as they are molded in hard plastic.
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The new Focus is available in two trims, namely the ‘Trend’ and ‘Titanium’. The model on display is the 'Trend' version. Standard on both trims are 6 airbags, front fog lamps, auto rain sensor & headlamps and auto dimming rear view mirror. The Titanium model gains a pair of bi-Xenon headlamps, cruise control, start button and larger 17 inch alloy rims as compared to the 16 inch ones found on the ‘Trend’ version.

Only one engine option is available, which is the 1.6L Ti-VCT (Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing). It churns out 125PS and is mated to Ford’s 6 speed Powershift (dual clutch) transmission. In this combination, the 4-door Focus is propelled from 0 to 100km/h in 11.0 sec. In comparison, the Civic 1.6L is able to perform the same act in 10.3 sec. According to the sales lady, the 1.6L Ecoboost version will only make it here at the end of next year. Until then, the new Focus will have to smell the exhaust fumes from the Civic and Jetta.

The Focus is priced between $114,800 to $123,800. Regent Motors is currently offering $5,000 off the new model. More photos and specifications of the Focus can be found below. I have also included some shots of the beautiful ladies at the event, who are kind enough to pose for me.

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SYF77
Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.



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Lammy84 Dec 02 2011 11:59 AM
1.6 litre focus is TERRIBAD. This chasis needs at least the 2litres to chug alone well.
The 2.0 TDCI is a joy, darn those diesel tax in SG
Most highly paid bloody ministers in the world are like snails in moving along with the world.
Diesels are already as clean as petrols in terms of emissions along with better mileage. We also do not have the problems that other countries face in winters where the fuel gets too cold sometimes.
Does not contribute to GDP = bo chup. KNN
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