For 2007, all Focus models get a standard CD/MP3 player, and new options include leather-trimmed sport seats. The 2007 model year will be the last for the hatchback and wagon versions; a restyled Focus, available exclusively as a four-door sedan and two-door coupe, is waiting in the wings for 2008.
Ford has a long history of selling cars designed for the European market in the United States, though none has met with anywhere near the success of the Focus. Americans and Europeans differ greatly in terms of how they prefer their cars to be equipped and drive, but when it comes to compacts, they seem to agree: High fuel efficiency and a strong fun-to-drive factor make the Focus a success in both the New World and the Old World. In 2005, Ford introduced a new Focus to the European market; in lieu of the redesign, the American model received a facelift with more conservative interior and exterior styling. In 2008, the gap will further widen, as Americans get a radically restyled version of the current model.
The 2007 model year marks the last (for now, at least) that the Focus will offer such a wide range of body styles: a four-door sedan (called ZX4), three- and five-door hatchbacks (ZX3 and ZX5), and a compact station wagon (ZXW). All body styles are available in S, SE, and SES trim, and all are powered by a 136-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that drives the front wheels through either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Vehicles sold in California, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine will get a 130-hp version of the engine that qualifies as a PZEV (Partial Zero-Emission Vehicle). While many PZEV-certified models are available only with an automatic transmission, the Focus is unique in that it offers a manual-shift PZEV-certified model as well. Ford also offers a sporty version of the Focus called the ST. Available only as a four-door sedan, it comes with a 151-hp, 2.3-liter engine and 5-speed manual transmission, a sport-tuned suspension, and unique body and interior trim.
The Ford Focus competes in the Compact Conventional segment, which consists of 20 models. Buyers in this segment look for fuel economy, reliability, and safety, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Toyota Corolla (328,699 units sold), Honda Civic (316,638), and Chevrolet Cobalt (211,449). The Ford Focus sold 177,006 units in 2006, a decrease of 4.2 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Compact Conventional segment include the Nissan Sentra, Toyota Prius, Volkswagen Jetta, Saturn Ion, and Hyundai Elantra. Joining the segment in 2007 are the Pontiac G5, Suzuki SX4, and Volkswagen Rabbit .
|S (400A)||5 speed manual||$14,040||136-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl||27/37|
|SE (410A)||5 speed manual||$15,305||136-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl||27/37|
|SES (420A)||5 speed manual||$16,065||136-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl||27/37|
|ST (800A)||5 speed manual||$17,330||151-hp / 2.3L 4-cyl||22/32|