Used Ford Focus For Sale in Leavenworth, KS
Ford Focus History and Awards
TFord Focus was introduced to the world in the year 1998 in Europe. The vehicle was launched as a new upgraded option for the Escort for 2000 model in North America as a Christmas gift for the CEO Jacques Nasser. This model had some changes from the European model. The name "Ford Focus" was decided earlier in the year as the company's seniors had planned to keep the "Escort" name for a new line of smaller family cars.
The absolutely stunning design of the very first Ford Focus generation that was launched in the U.S. had three different options. The first one was a 5-door wagon, the second was a 4-door sedan, and the third one was a 3-door hatchback. There were some reliability issues during the initial years, but eventually, Focus became one of the best economy cars of the time. The Focus MK1 model got the 1999 European Car of the Year award. Following all the success, Ford launched a 5-door hatchback model in the year 2001. The second generation of Ford Focus was launched in 2004 and the third in 2011. Also, Ford launched its high performing model, Ford RS in the year 2002.
Impressive Appearance Over Time
The Ford Focus has had over 12 million owners from the time it was launched back in '98. The vehicle has gone through many different changes regarding the engine, shape, etc. If we look at the timeline of the vehicle's appearance, we'll see that the car has always had a classic look with changes here and there.
The very first model, MK1 Focus won awards for its high performance, great handling and of course, its stunning looks. Its new design had crisp edges and featured taillights at eye level, creases in bonnet and huge space in the car. The second generation, MK2, launched in 2004 had a "safe" design, literally. It got 5-stars in Euro NCAP crash tests. Significant changes were made in the front bumper making the car more safe for the driver and pedestrian as well. The designers at Ford came up with the "Third Age Suit" design in the third generation that basically simulated physical restrictions of an older human. The third generation MK3 2015 model had an overall restyled look with advanced technologies.
The very first Ford Focus generation was powered by gasoline engines from 1.4 L to 2.0 L Zetec engines. Initially, Ford offered Kona Edition, Sony Limited Edition and Street Edition in order to promote the vehicle's name. The company launched Ford RS in 2002 that had a 2.0 L turbocharged Zetec engine. It had Brembo brakes, limited-slip differential and other part upgrades that attracted the whole world. The AdvanceTrac electronic stability control was also available in the '02 and '03 models.
The Ford SYNC system was also launched after the company restyled the vehicle in the 2008 model. With every changes and mods in the vehicle's body, there were performance upgrades as well. A very powerful 160 hp., 2.0 L engine was installed in the 2012 model. In the next year, even a bigger turbocharged engine with an output of 252 horsepower was installed in the Ford Focus ST model.
If you want to learn more about the Ford Focus models and unique features, you can contact Ford dealers in the country. You will also have the option of a test drive before making a decision on different Ford Focus models and assistance of the team as well.
*MPG: Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.