The range will encompass three-, four- and five-door formats as well as an estate. Ford of Britain is 'buzzing' at the potential for the Focus, which it expects to become Britain's best-selling car. It will go on sale alongside the smaller Escort which continues in production at Halewood for a further two years.
Focus will be built at Ford plants in Germany and Spain and in the run-up to production start-up more than 22,000 Ford dealer principals and their staff from 20 European countries - including the UK - have been through the 'Focus experience' in Berlin. With styling cues internally and externally from the widely applauded Ford Ka, Puma and soon-to-be-launched Cougar, Focus continues the manufacturer's New Edge design theme. Fleets are expected to account for 50% of Focus sales.