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Ford Focus loses top

The new Ford Focus Coupé-Cabriolet adds the experience of open air motoring to the Focus range. It makes its UK debut at the British International Motor Show in July and will arrive on local South African shores in the first half of 2007.

Taking its place at the top of the Focus family tree alongside its sporty sister, the Focus ST, the new Coupé-Cabriolet uses a two-piece folding hardtop to give the car two distinct "personalities", with opening or closing of the roof taking 29 seconds.

With the roof closed, the Coupé-Cabriolet offers 534 litres luggage capacity, and with the hardtop stowed there's 248 litres remains.

Designed in partnership with Pininfarina S.p.A, the Focus Coupé-Cabriolet features a distinctive rear characterised by unique tail lights linked by a chrome strip bearing an embossed Focus logo. The car's top of the range position is further implied by a unique front bumper shape and distinctive wheel arches.

Inside, the car’s dashboard layout follows the style of other Focus models, but with a new colour scheme developed to distinguish it as a flagship. Two different colour schemes are offered: dark, sporty Ebony/Flint, and the warm, elegant Iris/Camel.

Under the hood, the Coupe-Cabriolet has the option of two-petrol and one diesel engine: a 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrol unit and the 2.0-litre TDCi diesel powertrain.

A six-speed manual transmission is standard with the 2.0-ltre TDCi, while the 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol units are offered with five-speed manual.

The derivatives for the South African market are still to be confirmed.

No matter which engine is chosen, the new Coupe-Cabriolet retains the Focus brand's driving dynamics, achieved by basing the Coupe Cabriolet on the rigid four-door Focus saloon underbody and front body structure and ensuring that most new body parts are made from high-strength steel.

Ford’s new Rollover Protection Device (RPD) plays a vital role in increasing the Coupé-Cabriolet's passive safety performance. In addition to standard front and side airbags, the RPD is designed to help protect passengers in the event of a vehicle rollover. If the system detects an imminent roll, two safety roll-bars "fire" and extend out by up by 20cm to provide a supportive safety strut along with the ultra-strong windscreen pillars to protect the car's occupants.

Ford Focus loses top
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