September 11, 2007

Ford to feature Verve, Focus and Kuga at Frankfurt Motor Show

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Dearborn, Michigan – Ford will present three new vehicles at the 2007 Frankfurt International Motor Show this week: the redesigned Focus, Kuga crossover and Verve concept vehicle.

The Focus – a different model from that sold in North America – receives styling updates, and a new PowerShift transmission available with the 2.0-litre common-rail turbo diesel engine. The PowerShift is a dual-clutch transmission combining the operation of an automatic with the fuel efficiency of a manual; the combination provides 10 per cent better fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions when compared to a conventional six-speed automatic.

The Kuga, based on the iosis X concept introduced at last year’s show, is the first crossover designed and developed in-house by Ford of Europe; it will also feature the 2.0-litre diesel and Durashift transmission.

The Verve is a design concept for a new European B-segment car, and the first demonstration of a global small car that could be tailored to individual countries.

The company will also introduce its new ECOnetic line at the show; these cars will use a combination of the latest common-rail diesel powertrains together with features engineered to reduce CO2 emissions. The Focus ECOnetic, the first in the line to be launched near the end of 2007, will reduce CO2 emissions to approximately 115 g/km (grams per km); the current European Union proposal for CO2 targets is 120 g/km.

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