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2004-09-24 09:13

The new Focus

John Oxley

Ford's European product development boss Derek Cusack, speaking at the Paris Motor Show shortly after the reveal of the new Focus, told me there were plans to introduce an RS version.

"We have every intention to continue with the Focus RS," he said. "It is very much tied to what we want the brand to stand for - vehicles which drive and handle well, and which are fun".

However, he said he did not have any dates for roll-out of the new car.

The previous Focus RS was the most potent road-going version of the Focus three-door saloon, with four cylinders, 16 valves, two litres, turbocharging, 158 kW output, a special body kit and suspension and brake modifications, a top speed of 230 km/h, and the capacity to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in under seven seconds.

However, production was limited to just 4 501 cars, and it was this, says Ford South Africa's marketing director Nigel Harris, that prevented the previous model from coming to South Africa.

"By the time we were ready for the car there were only 65 or so units left, which didn't make it worth our while," he said.

However, Harris said he would very much like to get the new car into South Africa when it is available.

"I believe we will have a ready market for it," he added.

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