The North American International Auto Show begins today in Detroit and Ford is all ready to unwrap their 2012 Focus. The compact C-segment looks set to be the toughest this year, as drivers look set to downsize from their larger gas guzzling vehicles. Some of the new models coming up include the VW Golf and Jetta, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and the Chevrolet Cruze.
However, the smart money will be on the new Ford Focus, the Blue Oval has already wowed us with the launch of the U.S. version of the Fiesta, this larger model is expected to repeat on that success. The first Ford Focus debuted in North America in 1999 however, this version suffered from a number of manufacturing issues, unlike the popular European version.
Ford launched a full redesign in 2004, but the U.S. was not so lucky. This new 2012 model is a long time coming, but Americans will be reluctant to purchase one considering its previous track record with the model.
The U.S. market can feel great in the knowledge that the 2012 Ford Focus will be released at the same time in Europe and North America, and features the ever-popular Kinetic” design language. We just hope that Ford has done enough to remove the bad press from the Focus.
The new model will see one new engine and two, six-speed manual or dual-clutch PowerShift versions. There will be no automatic transmission option, which could hurt sales. For more information and images visit Autoblog.