Fast Fords have been with us practically since Henry invented the brand. Indeed in 1904, well before the iconic Model T which established the Blue Oval brand as a powerhouse of automotive manufacturing, the company had actually set a land speed record with an in-house design.
We here at Examiner Motoring don’t do comparison tests often, largely because many of them are meaningless exercises between cars which don’t actually directly compete against each other, or they present an unreasonable choice between cars largely unaffordable to the masses and are therefore only mere titillation.
It is probably the single most important new car to be launched this year and for Ford the arrival in Ireland next month of the new Focus range is a welcome opportunity to reclaim what the company would see as lost ground to rivals such as VW, Toyota and Hyundai.
Ford, as we all know by now, is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the company establishing its first manufacturing plant outside America here in Ireland. It was a momentous occasion both for Ford and for Ireland and has rightly been well celebrated by both parties.