July 16, 2002

Ford adds 4-door SVT Focus to lineup

2003 Ford SVT Focus 4-Door
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Dearborn, Michigan – Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) announced that it will add a new four-door SVT hatchback model for the 2003 model year. The SVT lineup now includes the two-door SVT Focus hatchback, the SVT Mustang Cobra coupe and convertible, and the SVT F-150 Lightning pickup.

“The 2002 SVT Focus was a success from the moment it hit the pavement, so the expansion of the product line to include the five-door version just makes sense,” said Tom Scarpello, marketing and sales manager for SVT. “With the addition of two more doors for easier access to the backseat, we are making the SVT Focus relevant to a new audience. Now, the performance enthusiast who needs the functionality of five doors can enjoy the hottest new car in the compact performance segment.”

The SVT Focus exterior and interior themes from the three-door model will carry over into the five-door with little change. The exterior features include unique front and rear fascias, rear hatch spoiler, and body color-keyed side mirrors, rub strips and door handles. The five-door SVT Focus will retain the rocker panel moldings from the Focus ZX5.

The SVT Focus interior features front sport seats with leather-trimmed bolsters, along with cloth seating surfaces available in red or blue, depending on exterior color chosen (Sonic Blue, Infra-Red, CD Silver, and Pitch Black). The color theme continues into the rear seats and also the front and rear door panel inserts.

Changes to the 2003 SVT Focus model line, in addition to the five-door version, include a new high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamp option and a body-colour rear hatch lift handle.

The SVT Focus has a 2.0L Zetec four-cylinder engine that makes 170 hp and 145 lb-ft. of torque, all of which is fed through a dual-mass flywheel and into a Getrag six-speed manual transmission. The SVT-tuned suspension includes unique spring rates, dampers and bushings. Also enhancing the performance are Continental ContiSportContact tires wrapped around 17-inch five-spoke wheels, which expose some of the largest brakes available in this segment. The four-wheel disc brakes measure 11.8 inches in the front and 11.0 inches the rear with ABS standard.

“Right now, SVT has more product, and better product, than at any other moment in its ten-year history, and our timing could not be better,” said John Coletti, chief engineer of SVT. “We are in the middle of an industry-wide, high-performance renaissance. When I hear about other companies setting up performance shops like SVT, I always think, it’s about time. This is the most exciting part of the business.”

In the past decade, SVT has become a profitable business group within Ford Motor Company and now boasts an owners’ club, the SVT Owners Association (www.svtoa.com) with more than 8000 members in nearly 50 chapters. SVT has sold more than 100,000 high-performance vehicles since 1993.

Ford SVT vehicles are sold through a network of SVT-certified Ford dealerships. Customers can receive information on SVT and any of its product lines by calling 1-800-FORD-SVT or visiting online at www.svt.ford.com.

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