Ford updating Focus compact to boost slow sales

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford is updating its Focus compact car with new features and a more fuel-efficient engine as it tries to boost sluggish U.S. sales.

There are cosmetic changes inside and out. Under the hood, the Focus gets the 1-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged engine that's now available in Europe.

Ford says the updated Focus will get better gas mileage than the current model, which gets 36-to-40 miles per gallon on the highway. The smaller Fiesta with the 1-liter engine gets 45 mpg on the highway. The tiny engine accounts for almost one-third of Focus sales in Europe, where gas costs about $9 per U.S. gallon.

Gas mileage figures will be released at a later date.

Focus U.S. sales fell 4.6 percent last year even though compact car sales were up nearly 7 percent.