News Reviews Quizzes Lists
Login
My Garage
New hero

New Ford Focus Active Park Assist

By Stephen Turvil | May 25, 2011

Share

Why not leave a comment?

See all | Add a comment

Rejoice! The new Ford Focus has an Active Park Assist feature. This makes parallel parking easier than falling-off a booby-trapped log.

More On This Car
Need more information?
Request Dealer Contact

Rejoice! The new Ford Focus has an Active Park Assist feature. This makes parallel parking easier than falling-off a booby-trapped log. Here is how it works. Simply press a button and bodywork mounted sensors search for an empty bay at least 1.2 times the vehicle's length. The system then asks the driver to stop. The Focus then automatically steers into the space - but the motorist controls the throttle, brakes, and transmission.

If the parking bay is particularly tight it may be necessary to move forwards and backwards. The new Ford Focus recognises this and asks the driver to comply. The system them 'beeps' to indicate the manoeuvre is complete. So, motorists find themselves beautifully parked next to the kerb. If there is no defined edge the Focus lines-up with adjacent vehicles. Clearly this is witchcraft, but let's not dunk this family car in the river.

The new Ford Focus' Active Park Assist feature reduces the chances of minor parking scrapes. It also helps motorists squeeze into pint-sized spaces, and makes town driving less stressful. This is remarkable technology that proves Ford has made significant progress since the 1998 Focus mk1. This was a fantastic machine for its time, but entry-level versions lacked comparative basics such as ABS. What a contrast to the new mk3.

More On This Car
Need more information?
Request Dealer Contact

Related Articles

Sneak peek at the very appealing CUPRA Leon
There’s no doubting the downright raw speed and driveability of the CUPRA range but, arguably, its hottest and most exciting model of them...
Sep 15, 2021
New SEAT Ibiza For 2021: Refreshed And Ready For Action
New SEAT Ibiza overview as the supermini gets styling tweaks, a smart new interior, and more tech for 2021
Jul 27, 2021
First look at the CUPRA Born
We take a first look at the hotly anticapted hatch
May 25, 2021
Volkswagen ID.X electric concept car revealed with 329 bhp
Volkswagen reveals its quick, electric, concept car that has aggressive styling and is based on the ID.3 hatchback
May 24, 2021