Ford Focus History
The Focus has been Ford’s most impactful vehicle since its introduction in 1999. Unlike the popular Mustang here in the United States, the Focus is a global titan, and in the first half of 2012, the Ford Focus passed the Toyota Corolla as world’s best-selling automotive nameplate.
The first generation of the Ford Focus ran from 1998-2005, although it was not introduced in the United States until 1999. As a 2000 model, the original Ford Focus was created to replace the outgoing Ford Escort.
The second generation of the Ford Focus would run from 2005-2011 after it debuted at the Paris Motor Show in September of 2004. A dramatic redesign in 2011 would signal the third and current generation of the Ford Focus.
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The Ford Focus retains its crown as the world’s best-selling nameplate, and hopes to continue its global dominance with new, exciting models, including the Ford Focus Electric and the performance-focused Ford Focus ST. The Focus also boasts an available suite of EcoBoost engine under the hood.
The Ford Focus has received a plethora of awards in its history, including more recently being named to Car And Driver’s Ten Best List. The Focus was even named the “Most Significant” vehicle at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, but the most prestigious honor may be having been named one of the 50 Greatest Cars of the Past 50 Years by CAR magazine. Even Pope Francis of the Catholic Church has been known to drive a Ford Focus.