New Ford Focus hits 1,500,000 mark

The family hatchback, the UK’s best-selling car for ten years between 1998 and 2008, has reached the astonishing figure this week.

The 1.5-millionth model was delivered to Essex and England under-19 cricketer Jaik Mickleburgh as part of the brands’ sponsorship of the club.

In 2012 to date, sales of the Ford Focus have been beaten only by the smaller Ford Fiesta and the new 2012 Ford Focus is comfortably the third most popular car in the UK this year.

The five-door hatchback range has been bolstered this year by the introduction of a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol, Fords’ most frugal yet.

The EcoBoost petrol delivers 100PS – the same as a larger petrol engine – but offers fuel economy of 58.9mpg and CO2 emissions on par with Ford’s diesel range at just 109g/km.

Ford says the petrol engine makes up nearly a fifth of all Focus sales since it was launched this year thanks to ‘high levels of performance and refinement with all the fuel economy advantages of downsizing.

The new Ford Focus comes with a selection of petrol and diesel engines, including the road tax-free Econetic diesels, and a selection of trim levels.

Entry-level Ford Focus Studio prices start from £13,995 and it comes with body coloured door mirrors, air conditioning and a radio/CD player.

Higher specification trims include Edge, Zetec, Titanium, Zetec S and range-topping Titanium X.

These higher-spec models include extras such as cruise control, a touch-screen, sat-nav, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth and Ford SYNC, the voice activation for sound, navigation and mobile phone systems, depending on the trim level chosen.

The new 2012 Ford Focus is on sale now from Ford UK dealerships and Ford Focus prices start from under £14,000.