The 2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), also known as the Detroit Auto Show, is a very important even for all automakers in general but for the North American automakers in particular. Practically, it is their home town auto event so they must do their best to impress the audience.
Ford has announced that they will be revealing the 2011 Lincoln MKX midsize crossover and the all new 2011 Ford Focus at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, in just a couple of days. Obviously, the more important of the two is the all new Ford Focus. The North American automaker has high hopes for the Focus, as it is currently one of the best sold cars of the company, having the advantage of being sold worldwide and not just on the domestic market.
The 2011 Ford Focus has been engineered for all international markets right from the beginning. This will be in opposition to the current Ford Fiesta that had to be redesigned for North American to solve some powertrain, safety and emissions issues which led to only 60% sharing of parts with the European version. According to the North American automaker, 80% of the 2011 Ford Focus parts will be common between the European and the North American versions.
The 2011 Ford Focus will be offered in a lot of versions. For example, the MPV version of the all new Focus has already been unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, in the form of the new five seat model Ford C-MAX and the seven seat model Ford Grand C-MAX. The Ford Grand C-MAX will hit the US market towards the end of the next year. The 2011 Ford Focus will also come in the forms of a hardtop convertible (Coupe-Cabriolet), a three door hatchback, a five door hatchback and a four door sedan, depending from one market to another.
The new 2011 Ford Focus and 2011 Ford C-MAX will get their power from a variety of diesel and petrol engines, including a new 2.0 liter four cylinder gasoline engine with direct injection for the North American market, while the new 1.6 liter EcoBoost turbocharged petrol with outputs ranging from 150 horsepower to 180 horsepower will be available for the European market.
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