Ford Focus popularity on the rise

The hatchback was introduced in March this year with a completely new design, chassis and specification level and since its launch, Ford has enjoyed two months of consecutive sales success.

Both the Fiesta and Focus breached 8,000 sales in June, more than any other car on the market. It also means the dup top the year-to-date cars as well, securing their position as the most popular cars in the UK.

It helped Ford raise increase sales for the second month in succession despite the industry as a whole losing 6.2 per cent of new car sales in June compared to the same month last year.

Nigel Sharp, Ford of Britain managing director, believes the new Ford Focus means the car maker now has its ‘best ever vehicle range’.

He said: "Ford’s position as UK market leader was consolidated further in June with sales and market share trending upwards against the background of a highly competitive market. "

The new 2012 Ford Focus is available in both hatchback and estate body style in the UK. Based on the same platform as the Ford C-Max MPV, the Focus is regarded as one of the most refined cars on the road due to its responsive and precise handling.

In the new model, this has been matched to a selection of more frugal engines, including three petrols (a 1.6-litre in 105bhp, 125bhp and range-topping 150 EcoBoost variations) and four diesels (1.6-litre 95bhp, 115bhp and 2.0-litre 140bhp and 163bhp).

New Ford Focus prices start from £15,995 at Ford dealerships in the UK, but this rises in the case of the higher-equipped Titanium and Titanium X trim levels.