Day 2 of the Ford Focus Launch in Port Elizabeth began with a misty sunrise over the ocean and a delicious breakfast downstairs at the Radisson’s breakfast buffet. After breakfast we all checked out, packed our bags and met the Ford team in the parking area where the new Focus’s were parked and ready for test driving. We were given a quick brief and selected our keys before finding our first car for the day. Aisha and I had the 1.5 EcoBoost in a stunning metallic silver and she took to the wheel first while I navigated.
As soon as I got into the car I noticed that a few features of the Ford Fusion had filtered down into the Focus:
The new Focus has a hands free park assist feature which now offers perpendicular parking assistance as well as the original parallel park assist that was previously introduced as a feature for the current Focus.
A few other features that caught my eye were the Existing Adaptive Cruise Control and “Active City Stop collision avoidance system, which uses sensors at the front of the vehicle to look for stationary objects in the road ahead and pre-charges the brakes if the vehicle is approaching an object too quickly. If the driver still does not respond the system reduces engine torque and automatically applies the brakes to reduce the impact of collisions.”
For the first time, the new Focus will be equipped with Ford’s MyKey technology. “MyKey enables owners to programme a key – usually for younger drivers – that restricts the top speed, reduces the maximum volume of the audio system, and can disable it altogether if driver and passengers are not using safety belts. The system can prevent the driver from deactivating safety technologies.” I loved this idea as I often lend my car to family members!
We started up the car, sync’d Aisha’s phone to the system, put on our favourite songs and began the Ford adventure!
We drove along Sea View, Sardinia Bay, across to Hankey and stopped off in Patensie…
The first driver change was just before Hankey and I was too excited to get into the drivers seat. Aisha did a great job of navigating while we spoke about the car (yes, we actually spoke about the car and it’s features). It was like the fashionable version of top gear (lol). The view along the route was absolutely stunning and the car was extremely easy to drive along the hills, bends and narrow farm roads.
We arrived at our lunch destination in Patensie called “Padlangs” and joined everyone for a delicious burger and ice cold refreshment. Aisha and I shot a second look post before we all made our way back to the air port.
Our second car for the day was the 1.0L EcoBoost which was just as good looking and comfortable to drive as the 1.5L. I love the new, improved design of the new Focus, as well as the added features that make driving an absolute breeze!
If you have any questions, follow this link and find out more about the Focus which is available in a hatchback or sedan model.
Thank you Ford for another top quality launch and an amazing driving experience.
All photos are my own unless stated in the captions.