At Ford's press conference this morning at the Detroit Auto Show, the new 2012 Focus was rolled out publicly for the first time anywhere. We have a full report on the new compact here, but product development VP Derrick Kuzak and Chairman Bill Ford dropped a couple of new details. Kuzak made it official that after the Focus launches with the new 2.0-liter direct injected inline-four, it will eventually also get an Ecoboost engine as well. The 1.6-liter Ecoboost will be available globally in the Focus. In 2011, production of the battery-powered Focus Electric will also begin at the Michigan Assembly Plant.
Bill Ford announced that the plant in Wayne will also produce the next-generation hybrid and plug-in hybrid systems beginning in 2012. Ford would not reveal which models would get the new hybrid powertrains, however, the Escape is expected to be replaced by a version of the next-generation Kuga, which is also derived from Ford's C-segment platform. If so, this is the first time we've heard that it would be produced at the Wayne plant.