The Ford Focus was introduced in 1999 as the new compact car in Ford’s line up. The Ford Focus was intended as a replacement for two cars leaving the Ford line up: the Ford Escort and the Mercury Tracer. The Ford Focus was a definite success and did just what Ford had intended. By 2007, the Ford Focus was the third best selling domestic car (coming in behind the Chevrolet Impala and the Cobalt).
The Ford Focus was sold in several different body styles and among these were the four door sedan, the three door hatchback, the five door hatch back and the station wagon. The Focus station wagon and hatchback versions were the weakest in sales so Ford dropped these for the 2008 redesign and decided to keep the four door sedan and offer a new two door coupe.
The early versions of the Focus were offered with the 2.0 Liter I4 engineand had a fuel capacity of 13.2 US gal. The Focus did not see an engine upgrade until 2004.
By 2005, the North American version of the Focus was sold in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Latin America. It also received a new engine. The 2005 Focus ZX4 SE would receive a major body redesign and new interior options. Currently the Focus is the smallest of the sedans in Fords line up.
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