At the Frankfurt Motor Show this week, Ford is showing off an updated version of the European Focus. On the outside the freshened Focus picks up some kinetic design cues from the Mondeo but the best stuff is under the skin. The 2.0L DuraTorq common-rail turbo diesel gets bolted up to a new PowerShift dual clutch gearbox.
The dual-clutch transmission helps boost fuel economy by ten percent and lower the carbon dioxide compared to a six speed automatic. The diesel/DCT combination will also be available in the C-Max compact van for 2008. The Focus also gets interior updates including a 230V inverter to plug in electrical devices and a USB port for the audio system. Finally the Focus also gets the capless fuel filler that Ford is adding to the Explorer in the US market.