2012 Ford Focus enters the 40mpg club!

It’s never a bad time to announce a new vehicle has been rated 40mpg by the EPA but at this point in history it’s a great time with gas climbing daily! The new 2012 Ford Focus has made it into the 40mpg club with an automatic transmission so the battle with the venerable Hyundai Elantra should make things that much better for consumers.

From the Detroit News:

The 2012 Ford Focus received a government rating of achieving 40 miles per gallon on the highway, as the automaker’s global launch of the compact spurs jobs among its supplier base, company officials said Friday.

The Environmental Protection Agency also certified the Focus as getting 28 mpg in city driving, Ford said. The rating applies to a model with a four-cylinder direct-injection engine and six-speed automatic transmission, as well as other fuel saving features.

The fuel economy news came as the Dearborn automaker announced its supplier network has expanded to meet the demand of its C-segment platform, which underpins the new Focus. Many of Ford’s 310 global suppliers are adding jobs, facilities and equipment to build parts for the new Focus. Among the major Focus suppliers, 5,500 jobs have been added at facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, the automaker said.


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How good is the new 2012 Ford Focus?

The logo for Ford Motor Company is displayed at the Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago on February 9, 2011. UPI/Brian Kersey

I’ve read some pretty good reviews of the 2012 Ford Focus but Scott Burgess over at DetNews.com now claims the car is the “single best compact car in the world.” That is a very strong endorsement of this new Focus and I can neither agree or disagree because we haven’t reviewed the new Focus yet but this surely raises the bar for her rivals.

Burgess goes on and on about the eye catching looks, nice little touches and just about everything else that has anything to do with the new Focus. If car buying consumers come even close to agreeing with Burgess the new Ford Focus could be a Grand Slam for the Blue Oval!

Everything is all upside-down.

When January sales figures arrived last week, the automotive conventional wisdom was spun on its head. The Ford Fusion outsold the Honda Accord. Chevrolet sold nearly 30 percent more Cruzes than Toyota sold Priuses. What’s going on?

For years, millions of people have been saying American automakers couldn’t make a decent car. That only proves the point that millions of people can be wrong.

Now, Ford Motor Co. is rolling the 2012 Focus out to dealerships. This car will prove yet another point: Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne builds the single best compact car in the world.

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