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Ford Offers a First Look of its Next-Generation “Global” Focus

U.S. model remains under wraps.

by on Apr.10, 2018

Ford shows off the European line-up of the next-gen Focus. We'll have to wait to see U.S. versions.

Ford is lifting the kimono to give us a first look at its next-generation “global” Focus line-up – but it says it won’t reveal the U.S.-specific model until shortly before it goes on sale later next year.

The next version of the compact model will be offered in a range of body styles and trim levels, while adding a variety of tech features, including the new Ford CoPilot360 driver assistance suite. Expect roomier and more comfortable interiors, the automaker says, while adding that the next-gen Focus will feature new gas and diesel engines, as well as a new suspension.

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“We’re evolving our successful One Ford strategy to find new ways to create a sporty-looking small car our customers will love,” said Jim Farley, president of Global Markets. “We’ll tailor which cars in the Focus line-up we offer in markets around the world to ensure we best meet customers’ different needs and preferences.”

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Still Number One: Corolla Turns 50

But its lead could be at risk.

by on Nov.07, 2016

The latest, 11th-generation Toyota Corolla remains the world's best-selling nameplate.

It is not just one of the longest-running nameplates in automotive history, but also the industry’s all-time best-seller. And as the Toyota Corolla celebrates its 50th anniversary, it remains the top-selling car on the planet.

But now in its eleventh generation, the question is whether Corolla will be able to maintain that momentum much longer in the face of growing competition. Perhaps the biggest challenge it faces, on a global basis, is soaring demand for utility vehicles at the expensive of sedans and other passenger car models.

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Corolla sales actually slipped 2.4% for the first nine months of this year. But the nameplate still held a substantial, 215,000 unit lead over its nearest competitor, the Volkswagen Golf, with little likelihood the compact Toyota will be toppled from its sales throne in the near-term.

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