Dynamic award for Ford Focus engineer

Jurgen Putzschler is Vehicle Dynamics International magazine’s ‘Dynamicist of the Year’ for his work on the platform that lead to the new Ford Focus and the Ford C-Max MPV.

Widely regarded as one of the most responsive and comfortable rides in the family hatchback segment, the Ford Focus has continued to impress in its latest iteration, which was launched in the UK in March 2011.

Putzschler won the award based on the driving dynamics, body stiffness, ride and handling of the Ford Focus, but also because the versatility of the platform will be used for MPVs such as the C-Max, SUVs and even electric vehicles in future.

Graham Heeps, editor, Vehicle Dynamics International and member of the judging panel, said: "It can be a thankless task to serve so many masters, but on the evidence of the Focus and C-MAX, Jürgen has done a remarkable job."

Putzschler is part of a team that thoroughly tests the driving dynamics of Ford’s cars across a huge variety of worldwide roads.

This is particularly important with the Focus, which is based on Ford’s C-platform, because the car will be sold almost unchanged in several different countries as part of the brand’s ‘One Ford’ strategy.

"Most car manufacturers concentrate on either vehicle dynamics performance or on quality and refinement," said Putzschler. "The perfect combination of both attributes may be the key reason for the award."

Putzschler was chosen after judges for the award drew up a three-person shortlist before deciding on an eventual winner, but Putzschler insists it was the entire team who are to thank for the new Ford Focus’ fun drive.

The new Ford Focus is on sale now in UK Ford dealerships from £15,995 for five-door hatchback versions.