This year, at the Detroit auto show, Ford also wins the Truck of the Year and North American Car of the Year awards for the Ford Transit Connect and Ford Fusion Hybrid. This Monday, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford announced their intentions to build a next-generation Ford Focus, an all-electric version of the vehicle, starting next year.
According to the company, the electric version of the Focus would be built at a factory in Michigan that previously manufactured sport utility cars. Ford President of the Americas, Mark Fields, said that the price will be competitive with other electric vehicles, such as rival Chevrolet’s Volt.
“The efficiencies generated by our new global C-car platform will enable us to provide Ford Focus customers with an affordable product offering quality, fuel efficiency, safety and technology beyond their expectations,” said Alan Mulally, Ford’s chief executive.
For North America and Europe, production will start in late 2010 and sales are expected to start at the beginning of 2011. Ford’s new electric car will be nearly identical in all markets, with 80% parts commonality around the world.
[Source: Los Angeles Times]