View Full Version : MkIV Ford Focus will have shed up to 200kg in weight when it goes on sale in 2018

14th March 2012, 09:50 PM
Ford will put the next-generation Focus on a crash diet. Executives are working on ways to shed up to 200kg – the equivalent of transporting the average-sized family – to take the weight to around 1,100kg.

The company will achieve this by making the new model almost entirely out of aluminium alloy, instead of steel. Powertrain director Andrew Fraser told Auto Express: “If Ford is to meet the EU target of a 95g/km CO2 average across the range by 2020, we have to take up to 200kg out of the car.

The next Ford Focus is likely to go on sale in 2018. For the full story, read this week's Auto Express, out 14 March 2012.

Read more: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/280246/next_ford_focus_details.html#ixzz1p5iG09Iu

14th March 2012, 09:51 PM
All alloy. Very interesting news from a global perspective.

15th March 2012, 12:51 PM
Ford stated several years ago under the One Ford mantra that it's vehicles would shed 10% and in some cases more weight.

Shedding weight begets shedding more weight. Case in point. Ford now probably realise just how effective the EcoBoost is at reducing engine capacity in a displacement AND physical bulk sense.

Once the vehicle is lighter you can downsize brake sizes, lighten the suspension (eg FG alloy virtual pivot front suspension), lighter alloy wheels, move to composite intake manifolds ( eg FG Orion 4.0) etc.

Could move to composite panels. There is some very interesting tech coming on stream.

If the basic chassis design is modelled to reduce NVH, they can pinpoint sources of noise, adding reinforcements and subtracting weight as required.

Some really interesting times ahead.