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Warning! The Ford Focus Titanium X makes your brain fizz like burgers on a BBQ.

By Stephen Turvil
Aug 25, 2011
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Warning! The Ford Focus Titanium X makes your brain fizz like burgers on a BBQ. This is thanks to a staggering feature called Active Park Assist – which makes parallel parking easier than reciting the two-times table. This is how it works. Simply press a button and cruise down the road, then sensors search for an empty bay at least 1.2 times the car's length. When found, the system asks the driver to stop. The Focus then automatically steers into the space - but the motorist still operates the throttle, brakes, and transmission.

If the parking bay is particularly tight it may be necessary to move forwards and backwards. The Ford Focus Titanium X recognises this and asks the driver to comply. The system then 'beeps' to indicate the manoeuvre is complete. The vehicle normally parks next to the kerb, but if there is no clearly defined edge the Focus lines-up with adjacent vehicles. Presumably this small family workhorse can also cook the dinner and hoover?

The Ford Focus Titanium X's 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 latest mk3.

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By Stephen Turvil
Aug 25, 2011