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The styling changes to the 2015 Ford Focus were shown off at the recent Geneva Motor Show, so what the EV version looks like is not that much of a surprise. Still, the 2015 Focus Electric is making its world debut here at the New York Auto Show, so we wanted to know what changes we are looking at compared to both the internal combustion engine version and the earlier EV models.

The exterior visual distinctions between the ICE and EV are minimal, and basically nonexistent from the A-pillar to the rear. Up front, you can see the charge port, of course, but the front fascia has also undergone a bit of an adjustment. The front doesn't have the ICE version's flattened grille and the EV's Ford logo creates a bump in the hood line where none exists on the ICE. The 2015's grille is also different than the one on the 2014 Focus Electric, being slightly smaller (you can see this better if you compare pictures in our new gallery above to these of the 2011 Focus Electric and these of the gas-powered 2015 Focus).

The updated 2015 interior – which we couldn't access ourselves – has things like a new center stack, improved cupholders and is basically identical between the gas and electric models. With the car off, you can't even tell if you're in an EV or ICE, Seema Bardwaj, the US brand manager for the Focus, told AutoblogGreen. The only things that are different, she said, are extra menu screens to show EV powertrain information to the driver.

There is also a minor powertrain upgrade in the '15 EV compared to the '14 model: a single-digit increase in kW rating for the electric motor. The range (76 miles) and MPGe (105, combined) numbers for the 2015 MY are the same as they were before, Bardwaj said.
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Ford Reveals All-New Focus Sedan, Retains World's Best-Selling Nameplate Title for 2013

– Ford Focus ranks as the best-selling vehicle nameplate in the world, based on just-released Polk new vehicle registration data for the 2013 calendar year
– Focus gains momentum with 50 percent sales growth in Chinese market
– New Focus four-door sedan globally unveiled, featuring leading combination of technology, fuel economy and power


Ford Focus retains its title as world's best-selling vehicle nameplate for 2013, according to Ford analysis of the just-released full-year Polk new vehicle registration data from IHS Automotive. The news comes as a new Focus four-door sedan prepares to make its debut at next week's 2014 New York International Auto Show.

Registrations of the compact Focus were up 8.1 percent with 1,097,618 cars sold worldwide last year. That compares with global Focus sales of 1,014,965 in 2012.

Market gains for Focus continue to be driven by consumer demand in China. China registrations were up 50 percent in 2013 to 403,219 vehicles, up from 268,354 vehicles in 2012. China now is responsible for just more than one out of three Focus vehicles sold globally, based on Polk data.

The debut of the new Focus four-door sedan and the Focus Electric in New York follows the Geneva Motor Show debut in March of the Focus five-door hatchback. A new version of the performance Focus ST will be shown later this year.
2015 Ford Focus Electric

The redesigned Ford Focus offers a bolder exterior design, a more intuitive and upscale interior, a host of technologies uncommon for a compact car and the additional powertrain option of Ford's award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine with a new six-speed manual transmission in the U.S.-spec Focus. While U.S. EPA fuel economy ratings are not yet available, Ford expects the 1.0-liter EcoBoost Focus to raise the bar in fuel efficiency among non-hybrid compact vehicles.

For 2015, Focus adds an SE Sport Package, which includes new body treatments, paddle shifters (requires automatic transmission), 17-inch black gloss aluminum wheels and P215/50 HR-17 tires.

The paddle shift feature provides drivers an additional element of control by allowing them to simulate the manual gear selection aspects of a manual transmission and extract more power from their engines.

Also notable for 2015, Ford's popular MyKey® feature will be standard on all trim levels. An all-new heated steering wheel will be available as well as 10 different wheels as factory options.

"It is remarkable to see Focus again lead the industry as the No. 1-selling vehicle nameplate on the planet," said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president, Ford Motor Company Global Marketing, Sales and Service and Lincoln. "With the new car, we've raised the bar again, showcasing Ford's commitment to continuous improvement – adding better technology for drivers and a sleeker, more modern exterior across the entire Focus family."
2015 Ford Focus

While the latest Focus is essentially the same worldwide, color preference varies. In the U.S. market, Sterling Gray is the most popular at 21 percent of sales, with Tuxedo Black second at 15 percent. In China, Crystal Solid White is overwhelmingly the most popular with just more than 50 percent of sales. Candy Red is second at 17 percent.

Fiesta world's best-selling subcompact
Ford's analysis of Polk new vehicle registrations also confirms Ford Fiesta earned the top spot as the best-selling subcompact car globally, with 735,299 registrations for 2013.

Together, registrations of Ford's small cars – Fiesta and Focus – totaled 1,832,917 vehicles last year, which is a 4.3 percent increase from 2012.

Award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost
In addition to a host of styling and technology advances, the new Focus will offer the efficient, fun-to-drive 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine with a six-speed manual transmission. Automotive journalists globally named it International Engine of the Year for 2012 and 2013.

"The 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is proof that excellent fuel economy and performance can come in one package," said Raj Nair, group vice president, Ford Global Product Development. "Focus is already known for bringing together efficiency and fun, and our latest offering will bring consumers a whole new level of enjoyment – on the road and in what they'll save at the pump."

The smallest engine in Ford's growing EcoBoost family – already available in Fiesta - will come standard in Focus with an Auto Start-Stop feature that automatically shuts down the engine at stops and instantly turns it back on at takeoff.

EcoBoost technology combines smaller-displacement engines with turbocharging, direct injection, variable valve timing and proprietary Ford software to bring customers outstanding performance and fuel economy. Ford EcoBoost engines can deliver significantly better fuel economy than larger-displacement gasoline engines.

New Focus customers also will enjoy a quieter ride, achieved by thicker carpets and side window glass and improved engine-bay insulation.

Stylish new Focus
The new Focus arrives with a bolder look. It features a restyled hood and grille, signature LED lighting for headlamps and taillamps, new rear lamp clusters and a restyled trunk lid. Four-door and five-door versions will be available in the United States.
2015 Ford Focus

Inside, colors and materials have a clean, modern look, with satin chrome detailing, new seat trims and switches, and an available heated steering wheel. A new center console incorporating adjustable cupholders improves storage capacity.

Advanced technologies
A package of sensors brings a new level of convenience for compact car customers by adding driver-assist technologies, including a rear view camera, available Blind Spot Information System and a lane-keeping system.

Standard on Focus for the first time, the rearview camera will appear on either a 4.2-inch screen or the 8-inch screen that comes with MyFord Touch®-equipped cars.

BLIS® uses two advanced multiple-beam radar modules, the same used with cross-traffic alert, which are packaged in both rear quarter panels. The radar identifies when a vehicle enters the defined blind spot zone and illuminates an indicator light on the corresponding sideview mirror, providing a warning that a vehicle is approaching.

Should a Focus driver start to drift out of the current lane without a turn signal activated, the lane-keeping system provides a warning through a series of steering wheel vibrations that mimic a rumble strip. If the unintended lane departure is not corrected by the driver, the aid function of the system actively applies steering to help the driver direct the car back toward the center of the current lane.

The new Focus benefits from advancements in exterior styling, interior design, powertrain and technology, as well as suspension and chassis upgrades.
2015 Ford Focus

These include a new shock absorber valve design providing improved interior quietness, and a change to the rear suspension to give drivers a more connected feel to the road. The electric power-assisted steering has been retuned to make the driver feel even more connected to the road.

Enhanced SYNC AppLink
Focus drivers will have access to powerful new capabilities thanks to a host of functions developers can integrate as they modify their apps to communicate with enhanced SYNC® AppLink™.

Android and iOS smartphone users can download more than 60 AppLink-enabled apps from the Apple App Store and Android market.

New functions include:

Connected apps can access a variety of real-time vehicle data such as speed, acceleration, odometer and location information that can be used by the app to further customize and personalize the owner experience. For example, access to the in-vehicle GPS signal can enable more precise and accurate location-based services than phone sensors
More consistent user experience thanks to voice pass-through capability. This enables developers to use on-device or cloud-based voice-recognition systems to evaluate driver commands, meaning drivers can use the same set of voice commands to control an app when connected to the vehicle as they would use when not connected
Notifications read aloud as a driver enters the car, with no need to touch the phone. Best of all, alerts are available any time a mobile device is connected to SYNC AppLink, even if the app is not currently active. This means a driver could get an alert about a traffic jam ahead while listening to the radio or using another app

Ford builds the Focus in eight manufacturing plants on four continents. Facilities in Germany, the United States, Russia, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan and Argentina have a combined capacity to build more than 1.5 million Focus cars annually at a rate of more than two per second.

Since the launch of Focus in 1998, the best-selling vehicle nameplate in the world for two years running has sold more than 12 million vehicles globally.


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      Zeta
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sad to see that this thing is not as successful as the Leaf
        ChrisH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zeta
        well its not priced as well as the Leaf, 36k is a stretch.
        Joeviocoe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zeta
        trmacdonal... $29k ?? Is that before or after the Tax Credits and/or any rebates?
          Jesse Gurr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          Before. Ford is offering $6K off the purchase price. It's on their website.
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          Couldn't find it. Is that a specific dealer? URL link?
          Greg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          I just checked the Ford website, and under the build your own section of the Focus site it says there is up to $11,000 available rebates for cars bought from dealer inventory before 7/7/2014..But it also says not all cars qualify. Elsewhere, it says that the electric has $6,000 in customer bonus cash with 0% financing for 60 mo. But then again, I searched inventory, and I couldn't find a single eFocus within 50 miles, so those rebates don't .seem to mean much.
        offib
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zeta
        It really is. I'm torn between the Focus EV. I love it and applaud that Ford builds it, that it has made many happy drivers, that it's considered as a good performer and that Ford even introduced it to Europe, but I'm also scolding Ford for making it so damn uncompetitive! It's outdated, inefficient, unpractical (boot space & no Rapid Charger) and expensive, so that's the image it's spreading for EVs. The only thing the Focus has over others was that it had a 6.6kW charger, but now that's the norm. It is sad to see that it sells in low numbers. I'm sure the largest reason for this is Production. The Focus EV really isn't mass produced. If they could build more of them more efficiently, it would be cheaper. The same thing goes with the RAV4 EV or Fit EV, they are produced in limited numbers, commonly hand-built and at a slow pace which is why they are both rather expensive. Ford is more occupied with its ordinary hybrid and Energi line up. I'm sure Ford will introduce the Fusion Hybrid and Energi into Europe and the same for the C-Max, but they really have a challenge ahead of them. Ford seems to be the only maker out there to sacrifice cargo room for a place to put the batteries. It's pretty severe in the Focus electric and two Energis. That's a poor result and won't impress many here in Europe.
          mumbojumbo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @offib
          The Leaf DC fast charger is great, but I think most owners don't use it. The 6.6 kW onboard charger of the Focus or Leaf will add 25 miles of range per hour of charge, which will be plenty for almost all users. The best Focus feature over the Leaf is the batteries thermal management, the battery pack should last a lot longer and preserve it's useful range longer than the Leaf, which is known to lose a lot of battery capacity after just a few years. The other Ford benefit is the higher price gets you a fully loaded car, the only option is leather seats. The Leaf's similar model is the SL, which is not that different in price. Having said all that, I picked the Leaf after having driven and compared the two. I thought the Leaf greater interior space and heated rear seats and steering wheel was worth more than the Focus advanced battery pack and much nicer interior.
      David Murray
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was hoping to see news on the rumored Focus Energi... But so far haven't heard anything. Was it a no-show?
      ForoCochesEléctricos
      Trunk capacity? I think with the price, is the worst part of the actual model.
      paulwilson05
      • 1 Year Ago
      How is this at all different up front than the outgoing model? Also, the model shown at CES is completely different than what I've seen in showrooms. The cars I've seen in real life have tiny grilles.
      PiCASSO
      • 1 Year Ago
      "2015 Ford Focus Electric hides in plain sight" For a good reason with that pig snout...
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      I bet most people don't know that this vehicle exists. I live in the capital of my state, 2nd most populous city in the state, one of the top 100 cities in the country and Ford doesn't bother selling the vehicle here. Maybe it's high price(compared to the leaf) is limiting its market penetration.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
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      Joey
      • 1 Year Ago
      AB is seeing things, the front has not changed one bit compared to my 2013 Focus EV. My salesperson told me these things are now selling for $19K new out the door due to very low demand... sad! :(
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joey
        I call BS on you Joey. Ford doesn't even stock WA state dealers. When they do finally get a shipment in WA State they are off the lots as soon as their tires touch them. The guy I talked to at the charging station said they discounted them 6k but they are asking mid 30's. 19k net maybe Joey. Mean while the Ford dealers in WA state steer all the potential EV buyers away from it, "saying no we don't have any but check out our C-max it is a better car anyway, you will get stranded in that their EV." Or they say what Joey's worthless salesperson said to him. Ford is Fords biggest detriment to EV sales. Exactly why Elon Musk does not allow these pathetic lying dealers to sell his Tesla. Also post as ray blackburn when I don't have the correct email account open.
          Joey
          • 1 Year Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          $19K after $7500 federal and $2500 CA tax credit... this from the same salesperson I bought the car from last year, no bull. Go to myfocuselectric.com and you will see most people getting the same deals, or check with your local dealer.
          Greg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          Joey, that is not the definition of "out the door."
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joey
        Yeah, I'm sure he was lying. I'll buy them all up for $19K (pre-tax-credit).
      jebibudala
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why isn't there a Fiesta EV? Makes more sense for a city commuter.
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