Ford Focus gets new look, more room and tech

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Ford Motor Co. unveiled its new Ford Focus compact car in China and Europe on Tuesday
Detroit Free Press

DETROIT — Ford unveiled its new Focus compact car in China and Europe on Tuesday, emphasizing the global importance of the passenger car in a product line dominated by sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks, particularly in the U.S.

And, amid international debate about new tariffs, Ford confirmed the vehicle will no longer be made in the U.S. but exclusively in Chongqing, China, and Saarlouis, Germany. The change is a reflection of the shift from cars to pickups and SUVs in the U.S., globalization and the fact that automakers have hard time making profits on small cars domestically.

Besides new looks, the next Focus gets adaptive cruise control and depending on the market, the ability to read traffic signs and the ability to stay in its lane on its own. There’s adaptive headlights that can turn the beam when the car is going around corners.

Coming to the U.S. next year, the new Focus has a longer wheelbase for more space in the back seat and more shoulder room.

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