March 2, 2006
Ford previews Focus Coupe-Cabriolet at Geneva
Geneva, Switzerland – Ford has previewed its Focus Coupe-Cabriolet at the Geneva Auto Show, marking the company’s European return to open-topped motoring.
The production Focus was the result of customer response to the Vignale Concept, which was displayed at the 2004 Paris Motor Show. The Focus version was ready in less than two years, and has been developed jointly by Ford of Europe and Pininfarina of Italy. It will go into volume production in mid-2006, with estimates of 20,000 units per year.
The Focus’ two-piece folding electric hardtop opens and closes at the touch of a button and stows in the trunk; the vehicle is a full four-seater. Two gasoline engines and a 2.0-litre diesel engine are available. (Note that the European Focus is a different vehicle from models sold under the same name in North America.)