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Ford's 2008 Focus is revealed.

FORD has lifted the lid on the new Ford Focus that will arrive here from the beginning of next year.

Initially there will be a choice of hatchback and estate body styles, with the coupe-cabriolet and ST models following in spring.

This is expected to be the first time that the ill-fated coupe cabriolet model re-emerges since its recent withdrawal amid a barrage of complaints from disgruntled owners about water leaks.

In its latest guise the 2008 Focus range shares the same "kinetic design" appearance of the latest Mondeo with trapezoidal grilles, swept back headlamps, bold wheel arches, newly shaped rear glass, a contoured tailgate and new tail lamps.

Higher trim grades get chrome detailing and a body-coloured upper rear spoiler.

Inside there are new soft-touch plastics to cover the instrument panel and upper front door trim plus new seat fabrics and a variety of new fascia finishes.

The instrumentation has been re-designed and is now illuminated in red.

Controls for the upgraded audio equipment and two-zone air conditioning have been redesigned and the Titanium model gets a newly designed centre console that is optional with Zetec and part of the Sport Pack.

In addition to a movable armrest and a four-litre-capacity storage compartment there are storage areas for back-seat passengers or the facility to add optional items such as a 230-volt socket or the USB audio connection box.

Another feature available as an option from the beginning of 2008 is the Mondeo's starter button to replace the ignition key.

The 2008 Focus range will initially be offered in Studio, Style, Zetec and Titanium trim grades and more detailed information plus prices will be released closer to the car's on-sale date.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Sep 14, 2007
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