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What Fusion Did for Sedans, Ford’s New Focus Aims to Do for Compacts

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Chevrolet  (NYSE:GM) has been seen putting its new, revamped Chevy Cruze  compact sedan through its paces, but upon release, it will have to contend with  Ford’s   (NYSE:F) freshly renewed Focus. More than a pretty face, Ford seems to think that the new Focus will be among the most advanced vehicles in its class.    First things first.

The Focus has obviously gotten an updated front fascia, evoking the design language that is becoming increasingly commonplace on Ford’s global options. Its headlights have been slightly elongated and now take more after those found on the 2015 Mustang  and seemingly less than the Fusion  midsize sedan. The grille, however, takes after the latter.

Accentuated fog light housings and a splitter-style floor of the front bumper give the Focus a far sportier and aggressive appearance than its segment demands, but as shown with its Fusion, the formula appears to be working wonders for Ford.

The back has been adjusted as well, though perhaps not to the same extent. The rear lights are different but wholly similar to the outgoing model; the raked rear window and and muscular haunches help give the new Focus a planted, forward-leaning stance, which makes the car look aggressive beyond its performance bracket. It will only get better, we expect, with the new ST variant of this new car.

“We have taken the title of world’s best-selling nameplate to impressive new heights with the redesigned Focus,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s executive vice president and president of the Americas, said in the company’s statement. “Its combination of compelling, modern design and the most high-tech interior in the class will appeal to contemporary consumers who desire a small car with very sophisticated features.”

Under the hood, Ford has implanted the 1-liter EcoBoost engine, which can also be found in the Fiesta subcompact. This means better fuel economy for consumers and for Ford, possibly a better handle on the compact car market.

“The 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine is proof that excellent fuel economy and performance can come in one package,” said Raj Nair, Ford’s group vice president of global product development. “Focus is already known for bringing together efficiency and fun, and our latest addition will bring consumers a whole new level of enjoyment — on the road and at the pump.”

Though it’s new to the U.S. the small EcoBoost engine is already well acquainted in Europe. Ford says that the 1-liter EcoBoost accounts for 32 percent of sales of the current-generation Focus and 26 percent of sales for the Fiesta  for this year.

Inside, Ford  will — for the first time — throw in a rearview camera as standard equipment on either the 4.2-inch screen or the 8-inch screen on cars loaded with MyFord Touch.  MyFord Touch is also available with in the Ford F150  Truck and all Ford SuperDuty  Trucks. Radar systems, lane departure warnings, and blind spot detection will also be available.

The new Focus will go on sale later this year.

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In a Tesla Electric Car: Finding plenty of SuperChargers across America

Range anxiety has been a hot topic when it comes to electric vehicles. Tesla  has fought hard to convince skeptics that EVs remain a viable option for everyone, not just for those that never leave the confines of their hometown. One key ingredient in achieving this is Tesla s Supercharger network — a matrix of free, solar-powered charging docks that provide range for about three hours of highway driving in just 20 minutes.

And with 71 Superchargers now in place, the question has been when a Model S owner could drive from coast to coast using only free Tesla energy.

That historic voyage wasn t completed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk or a group of his employees. The feat was achieved by Model S owner John Glenney and his daughter Jill on Sunday, making the coast-to-coast trip in less than a week.

Glenney, 62, has been a Tesla owner for three years, originally buying a Tesla Roadster and driving it from Washington D.C. to San Francisco in October 2011, charging the car via any outlet he could find while waiting hours between charges.   See a full review on all Green Cars  and decide which ones you would like to test drive.  As an owner of three Model Ss, Glenney thought it would be fun to attempt the trip, retracing the journey Musk and his brother took back in college, with his daughter Jill, 26, by his side.

For Glenney, the voyage began in Kentucky, where he drove to Jill s home in Hoboken, N.J. to pick her up and establish the east coast starting line. From there, the drive required traveling through South Dakota, rather than the more direct route through Nebraska, due to the current location of Tesla s chargers.

Perhaps the biggest issue faced by the father-daughter duo, though, was the incredibly frigid weather, playing havoc on the Model S s 85 kWh battery, spending days of their drive below zero degrees. The roughly 270 mile range of the Tesla was depleted, in some case, to around 150 miles. This meant arriving at charging stations with as low as 11 miles of juice left.

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One Supercharger was blocked with snow, leaving it completely unusable. After a panicked phone call to Tesla, the man on the phone told the pair to get some sleep and he d see what he could do. By the time they woke up, the pump was cleared and ready to charge.

During the drive, Glenney posted his journey to Tesla s online forum, not expecting there to be much interest. But the forum blew up, with commenters offering words of encouragement as well as statements like this below:

I hope to tell my future grandkids in 20 years that, Yep, the first cross-country trip on Superchargers alone was back in January 2014. And I followed along. I think we knew then what a milestone it would be.

One section of the route that took him through — in his Tesla S was a beautiful bluegrass filled drive, but few chargers.  Another concern for Glenney was past Denver and up Silverthorne hill. Commenters recommended he charge fully in Cheyenne, Wyoming, before making the severe ascent, while others offered to bring the pair some backup juice if need be.

In the end, Glenney posted that it was anti-climatic, arriving at the next charge station with 35 miles left to spare, Not including the 17 miles Tesla hides from us for emergencies, he said.

By now, the news had reached much of the EV community, and many wanted to meet at various stops to buy the duo dinner or simply wish them good luck. After passing Colorado, the road to Los Angeles was calmer. Temperatures rose, allowing Glenner and his happy battery to skip some Superchargers and blast forward, making up time. Upon arrival at the Hawthorn charging station in Los Angeles at 5:45 p.m. on January 26, after leaving New York on the morning of January 20, a dozen or so well-wishers arrived to congratulate them both. With Glenney driving from Louisville, Kentucky  to New York first, he traveled a total of 3,619 miles and consumed 1,366 kWh of energy.

When the main leg began from New York, Glenney utilized a total of 28 Superchargers during the trip.  One day Used Car lots across America will be offering pre-owned and used Tesla  models.

The next day, after Jill had taken the redeye home the previous night, Glenney took a leisurely drive up to Tesla s facility in Fremont, Calif. Having been promised a brief tour, Glenney was shocked to see hordes of people lining the factory, clapping and cheering for him becoming the first person to travel cost-to-coast using free energy from Tesla s Supercharger network: I only wish Jill was still here to see this, he wrote on the forum.

According to Glenney, there are still some folks who don t understand why he and his daughter did this: Because we can, he says.  For more Information on the Tesla Models, Green Car Reviews and the possibiliity of buying a pre-owned Tesla or Green Car, please see the Global Media Relations Group website at:  www.GMRGinc.com

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