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Ford is making the Ford Focus better and better with each new iteration of the Ford Focus. Today, Ford announced the 2012 Ford Focus which will be available in U.S. showrooms by early next year.
The 2012 Ford Focus gets a new powerplant with direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) and E85 flex fuel ability. This offers drivers the option of utilizing less-expensive E85 gasoline, a mixture of 85 % ethanol and 15 % gasoline. The new 2.0-liter engine is rated at 160 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque, which is an increase of 20 horsepower and 10 lb-ft of torque more than the current generation 2011 Focus.
Not only the new engine is more powerful, the 2012 Focus Focus using the new 2.0-liter four-cylinder is rated at 40 mpg on highway when matched to an automatic transmission. This is a sizeable improvement over the 35 mpg highway in the existing 2011 Ford Focus.
Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Global Product Development said, “By combining direct injection and Ti-VCT, we’ve been able to make a quantum leap in fuel economy and performance,” “We’re meeting the goals of our global powertrain strategy, and we now have another key engine in our lineup.”