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Ford Focus Coupé-Cabriolet
Getting ready for summer launch

Ford Focus Coupé-Cabriolet - front side view, roof down.

Focus Coupé-Convertible: Pininfarina touch and a 2-piece electric roof.

APN,
28th February 2006.

Less than eighteen months after the Vignale Concept display at the 2004 Paris Motor Show, Ford's sports concept has finally arrived under its true production name, the Ford Focus Coupé-Cabriolet, at the 2006 Geneva international motor show.

Ford's new Focus Coupé-Cabriolet combines Italian style with a two-piece electric retractable roof at the touch of a button, and more than half a cubic metre of useable space in coupé mode.

Developed and designed in collaboration with Pininfarina, Ford's new Focus Coupé-Cabriolet will be manufactured in Italy by Pininfarina S.p.A, starting mid-2006.

Ford says the positive response to Ford's Vignale Concept at the 2004 Mondial de l'Automobile prompted the green-light for production, making it ready in less than two years, whilst keeping the production model as true to the concept car as possible, and in the mean time, making it convenient for everyday use.

Ford Focus Coupé-Cabriolet - back side view, roof down.

Dark upper instrument panel contrasting to the light leather seats.

Ford qualifies the operation of the hard-top roof as being very simple. At the push of a button, the retractable two-piece hardtop folds backward and completely stows in the boot (trunk). Constructed to be durable for smooth, easy operation and long-term reliability, the hard-top gives the car extra rigidity too.

The Focus Coupé-Cabriolet joins the Focus ST at the top of the Focus range. Despite its clear family look, the Coupé-Cabriolet has its own unique profile, thanks to its flowing lines and gently arched coupé roof.

The new Focus Coupé-Cabriolet is a full four-seater, with a substantial luggage compartment of more than 500 litres of useable space (when the roof is up), making it a practical everyday car.

Ford Focus Coupé-Cabriolet - back side view, roof up

Over 500 litres of useable space in the luggage compartment (roof up).

The bold wheel arches familiar on all Ford Focus models give the new Coupé-Cabriolet a purposeful look, while the profile and rear views display the Italian design touch with chrome details and a well-proportioned boot lid area.

"The initial design intent of the Vignale Concept remained almost untouched during its transition to the production Focus Coupé-Cabriolet," said Chris Bird, Director Design, Ford of Europe.

Inside, the preview model is trimmed with a two-tone interior, the upper instrument panel coloured in the new, dark-elegant 'Iris' and contrasting to the trim and the luxurious leather seats in light 'Camel'.

Ford promises a comprehensive equipment level too, before full details are revealed closer to market launch this summer. The usual Focus refinements including air conditioning, multiple airbags, in-car entertainment options and a full complement of active and passive safety features will be standard.

The new Ford Focus Coupé-Cabriolet will be offered with a choice of three powertrains: two petrol engines, the 100 PS 1.6-litre Duratec and the 145 PS 2.0-litre Duratec, and the latest generation 136 PS 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel.

Full technical details of the Focus Coupé-Cabriolet will be announced closer to market launch later in 2006.

Customers will also be able to personalise their car to their own taste with an extensive list of colour and trim options, plus a dedicated range of options and accessories.

At the push of a button, the two-piece hardtop folds and stows in the boot.

Following the confirmation in November 2004 that Ford of Europe would progress the Focus Vignale Concept through to a production model, the company selected Pininfarina as the ideal partner to work with on the programme.

The co-operation with Pininfarina continues through the manufacturing process, as all Focus Coupé-Cabriolet production vehicles will be built at Pininfarina's manufacturing plants Grugliasco and Bairo, both being located in the suburbs of Turin, Italy. Core Focus parts will be supplied to the plant by Ford's lead Focus manufacturing facility in Saarlouis, Germany.

The addition of the new Coupé-Cabriolet model extends the Focus range, which now offers three-door and five-door hatchbacks, a four-door sedan and a five-door wagon, plus the new Coupé-Cabriolet and the Ford Focus C-MAX multi-activity vehicle. The range also includes the recently launched Focus ST performance model.

The Ford Focus is one of the most successful model ranges in Europe with more than four million units built, not including 370,000 Focus C-MAX models built since its launch in 2003. The Focus, which enjoyed European sales of 442, 000 units in 2005, is produced at European assembly plants in Saarlouis in Germany, Valencia in Spain and St Petersburg in Russia..

Production sites for the Ford Focus outside of Europe include the US, China, Taiwan, Philippines and South Africa. More than five million Focus cars have been sold worldwide, with major sales highlights in 2000 and 2001, when the Focus achieved the status of being the best-selling car in the world. The Focus was also the first vehicle in automotive history to win the Car Of The Year title in both Europe and America.

The new Ford Focus Coupé-Cabriolet will go on sale across Europe from later this summer. It is estimated that approximately 20,000 vehicles will be produced a year.

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