Ford's new generation Focus goes on sale in Ireland at a starting price of €24,900, writes Trish Whelan.
Initially available in four grades — Zetec, ST-Line, Titanium and Vignale — it will be joined by the Active variant in early 2019.
Engines for the new car, which represents the fourth generation of a nameplate first launched 20 years ago, include 1.0 and 1.5 EcoBoost petrol engines and a 1.5 diesel. A new 8-speed automatic gearbox will be available.
The trend towards petrol engines is also clear with the new Focus, as Ford Ireland has ordered a 50:50 ratio for the car's launch here, against the 20pc petrol/80pc diesel sales of the outgoing vehicle.