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China-made Ford Focus to debut in April 2012

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The new Ford Focus had its worldwide debut at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show. The China-made version however will debut at the April 2012 Beijing Auto Show, a full two years later. It seems Ford still hasn’t realized that China is by now the biggest auto market in the world. Too slow Ford, far too slow!

China-made Ford Focus

The Focus is made in China by the Chang’an-Ford joint venture. There will be two engines for the Chinese market: 1.6 and 2.0, mated to a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic. The current 1.8 will not return. Price will start around 100.000 yuan.

There are rumors about a very hot Chinese Focus powered by the 240hp 2.0 turbo that is also available in the China-made Ford Mondeo, but that engine will certainly not be available in the Focus at launch.

The current Ford Focus will likely continue as a budget-alternative or it will be part of a yet to establish sub-brand from the Chang’an Ford joint venture.

Via: Autohome.

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