Pininfarina touch and a 2-piece electric
28th February 2006.
Less than eighteen months after the
Vignale Concept display at the 2004 Paris Motor
sports concept has finally arrived under its true
production name, the Ford
Focus Coupé-Cabriolet, at
the 2006 Geneva international motor
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
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.
upper instrument panel contrasting to the
light leather seats.
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.
500 litres of useable space in the luggage
compartment (roof up).
The bold wheel arches familiar on all Ford
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
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.
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.