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Journeys : Oct Nov 2011
Ford Focus Ford is on a roll at the moment, getting some new products into the showrooms. The latest in this line is the all new Focus. Entry level is the 1.6L Ambient, then there’s the mid spec Trend and Sport or the range-topping Titanium. Transmissions include a five-speed manual or six-speed direct shift automatic. As well as the entry level engine there are 2.0L petrol or diesel engines. The 1.6 only just does the job – at 92kW and 159Nm, spr itely get up and go isn’t its forte. Returning a combined cycle of 6.2 l/100km is the payback. The 125kW 2.0l petrol likes to be worked up the rev range and coupled to either transmission w ill reward the driver when pressed. The diesel offers heaps of torque and would probably be my pick of the engines. Focus has always been known for its dynamic chassis, and this model shar pens further on those dynamics. With firm Euro dampers it is sharp, flat and precise through the twisty bits. The ultra-low profile 18” tyres on the Titanium do detract a little from ride comfort in what is the luxury type car, while the Trend model offers the most comfortable ride. All models have Bluetooth and USB connectivity along with voice commands for var ious operations. Standard on the Titanium is park assist, (yes, it will park itself!), adaptive cruise control allowing you to set your speed and following distance, and a speed limiting setting. The vehicle is well put together with quality soft-touch plastics and fabrics used inside. All the expected safety acronyms and a five-star crash rating rounds out the package. Cur rently vehicles are being shipped out of Germany in limited supply, with a brand new factor y coming on line in Thailand in mid 2012. After some poor recent sales results, the blue oval is well and truly on the march with the Focus. Check more of Darren’s First Drives (V W Caddy, V W Tourareg and Falcon EcoLPI) in the Motoring section of the R ACT Community Blog. Life on the move October / November 2011 27 You should consider whether the product is right for you and read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) before making any decisions about Tasplan. Please call 1800 005 166 to obtain a copy of the Tasplan PDS. Tasplan Ltd: ABN 13 009 563 062, AFS Licence No. 235391, RSE Licence No. L0000680 . Tasplan Super: RSE No. R1000924. Call 1800 005 166 today. Tassie’s largest profits-to-members industry super fund. ...your natural choice for super in Tasmania. 81919 Tasplan...
MNJ Aug Sep 2011