Ford Focus cuts wind noise with robotic lasers

The lasers work alongside visual technology to identify the fit of components when the Ford Focus is being built and help to reduce the noise that can be hard in the cabin when driving the all-new hatchback.

"Robotic laser technology gives us a degree of precision that we have never had before," says Ron Johnson, manufacturing quality manager, Ford of Europe. "It scans the dimensions of 500 key areas down to a tenth of a millimetre to make sure the parts fit perfectly and our cabins are extremely quiet."

The incredibly accurate technology is capable of noticing tiny deviations and advise human operators on the correct way to fix the problem. Previously, this was done entirely manually but the laser technology will be much more accurate, says Ford.

It means the new Ford Focus hatchback will be one of the most comfortable and refined cars on the roads. Launched in March this year, the new Focus has been the subject of several innovations.

These include the introduction of several new driver aids to improve safety and help the car receive a five-star EuroNCAP safety rating.

It is also one of the most environmentally friendly cars ever built by Ford. The car uses a raft of recycled materials, even including old denim jeans in the seat designs.

The Ford Focus is also home to Ford’s new EcoBoost petrol engine technology. Designed and built in the UK, the efficient petrol engines are designed to improve power and performance but keep CO2 emissions – the basis for both road tax and the London congestion charge – at the level of a smaller engine.

Priced from £16,000, the all-new Ford Focus comes in four distinct specification levels and offers a choice of engines delivering CO2 emissions between 109g/km and 139g/km.

The new Ford Focus can be test driven at all Perrys Ford dealerships.