The 14 things you need to know about the new Ford Focus

The new Ford Focus is here – and Britain's favourite family car is now cheaper than ever

The new Ford Focus is here – and Britain's favourite family car is now cheaper than ever

As predicted in teaser material, Ford presented the all-new, global Ford Focus today. The new Focus will be available in Europe and China this year and in the U.S.in the second half of 2019.

Joe Bakaj, Ford European product development vice president, said: "Our all-new Ford Focus is the pinnacle of technology and driving appeal in its segment". Body styles will include a four-door sedan, a five-door hatchback and a station wagon-although with Ford's extensive SUV lineup on our market, it's highly unlikely that the Focus wagon will make a comeback here. Ford will also offer Vignale, ST-Line, Active, and Titanium styling packages depending upon the market.

On the engine front, Ford's press blurb mentions the familiar 1-liter EcoBoost joined by the newer 1.5-liter EcoBoost which bring cylinder deactivation for the first time in the three-cylinder engine class.

The new Ford Focus is here – and Britain's favourite family car is now cheaper than ever
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Inside, the most obvious difference in the all-new Focus is that it's missing a conventional gear shifter.

The turbo diesel offerings are a 1.5-litre EcoBlue in 70kW and 88kW versions, and a 2.0-litre EcoBlue mustering 110kW.

A nook in the dashboard will offer optional wireless charging, and SYNC 3 will be offered with an optional 8-inch touchscreen.

U.S. official says North Korean leader ready to discuss nukes
Any meeting between Kim and Trump would come after the two Koreas hold their first summit in more than a decade later this month. Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House Monday, said, "Hopefully we'll be able to make a deal on the de-nuking".

The cars unveiled in Chongqing included the all-new Focus auto for global customers, featuring the latest advanced and affordable technology with more comfort and space and a better driving dynamics.

The Chinese-market Ford Escort has received a comprehensive update for 2018, likely in line with the all-new Focus also revealed overnight. There is, however, no mention of an RS or ST so you will have to wait patiently if you want a more potent Focus experience. "In Europe and China, there is still a lot of runway left for Focus". Sitting on a new platform, the Focus has a longer wheelbase that should open up more space for backseat passengers.

Outside, Ford said designers focused on aerodynamics, which should reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency.

Airlines consider turning cargo holds into sleeping areas
You might soon be able to sneak down to the cargo hold for a nap the next time you take an ultra-long trans-oceanic flight. Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace have partnered to develop and market lower-deck modules with passenger sleeping berths .

Ford Motor Co, struggling to revive sales in China, on Tuesday unveiled five new models for the world's biggest auto market, part of a business revitalization effort centred around a plan to launch over 50 new or redesigned vehicles by 2025.

Inside, it has leather upholstery, head-up display, rear view camera, heated steering wheel and the 675-watt 10-speaker B&O Play Premium Audio System. Ford will bake in lane-centering, too, to keep the Focus in-between the lines.

Transmission options include a 6-speed manual and a new 8-speed automatic. The EcoBoost unit can operate on two of its three cylinders under low loads to save fuel, bringing Carbon dioxide emissions down to a target of 108g/km, while the diesel will emit an estimated 94g/km.

Row deepens over 'shrine' to burglar stabbed during break
I do not appreciate it. "If it's a normal person it's different, but he went and burgled a house - it could have been my house". Police say they caught up with two people inside the Walgreens after they allegedly used a crowbar to pry open the doors.

On the upper models, ride quality is further enhanced by Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) for the independent front and rear suspension, which adjusts suspension stiffness according to suspension, body, steering and braking inputs.

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