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2007 NAIAS :: Detroit Auto Show :: Reviews + Interviews

Ford redesigns the Focus for 2008

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

The 2008 Ford Focus is on display at the NAIAS in Detroit.

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 


DETROIT -- I spoke to Lon Zaback, Chief Designer of the 2008 Ford Focus. The '08 has an all new exterior & interior. Its contemporary in design. The proportions are different. The beltline is higher which is the hood to window line. There is more metal and less glass. It has the same dimensions with new chrome accents.

Ford teamed up with Microsoft to offer the optional "SYNC" which is a voice activated information display in the center of the dash. You can plug in your iPod and tell it what to play.

It has ambient lighting in the cupholders and floor console and you can choose one of seven different colors. Ice Blue is the new color on the instrumentation. There is no hybrid projection and it gets 37 mpg or better. Its a 2L 4 cylinder engine that uses unleaded gasoline. The cost will be similar to today's price.

The Ford Focus is being built at the Wayne Assembly plant in Michigan. The target customer is the young professional in the mid-late 20's. Production is in August and will go on sale in the Fall of '07.

Greg Burgess is an engineer at Ford and has said they re-tuned the springs which softens the impact for a better ride. The car is quieter, safer and sixty pounds lighter. They also changed the powertrain for better fuel economy.

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PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

A look at the rear of the all-new Ford Focus.

 

This page was last updated on Mon, January 15, 2007 11:10 PM

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