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The new Ford Focus will be brimming with fantastic 'big car' features that make this compact family workhorse feel like a luxury limousine.

By Stephen Turvil
Nov 29, 2010
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The new Ford Focus will be brimming with fantastic 'big car' features that make this compact family workhorse feel like a luxury limousine. The third generation Focus will be available – from 2011 - with active park assist, a crash avoidance system, an adjustable speed limiter, and numerous other devices. Sounds intriguing, so let's have a better look.

The active park assist system helps with parallel parking. Sensors around the stylish bodywork measure empty parking bays and, assuming the space is at least 1.2 times the vehicle's length, the Focus will automatically steer into the bay. The driver then simply controls the throttle, brakes, and gearing. Clearly this is witchcraft, but let's resist the temptation to dunk the Focus into a river.

Now, there are literally thousands of minor traffic accidents each year and it would be a shame to scratch such a capable car. Ford agree so the new Focus will be available with a low speed collision mitigation system. This uses forward mounted radar sensors to detect objects and calculate the brake force required to stop. If the Focus concludes the hazard is too close, it can lift the throttle and apply the brakes. This system operates at up to 20mph.

The new Ford Focus will also have an adjustable speed lane limiter. This allows motorists to set a pre-defined speed limit, irrespective of the vehicle's current speed, that it will not exceed. Clearly this can help avoid speeding fines. In the event of an emergency, the speed lane limiter can be overridden by pressing hard on the accelerator. Well, that's okay then.

Further technological marvels include the adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning system, blind spot indicator, driver alert, power child locks, and the economy gear-shift indicator. In fact, the new Ford Focus can do pretty much everything except cook the dinner.

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By Stephen Turvil
Nov 29, 2010