A dummy’s guide to crash tests

Ever wondered what crash testing looked like – from a dummy’s perspective?   That’s how we decided to showcase our new £13.75 million “sled test” facility.   Bridging the gap between full-scale crash tests and virtual crash tests, sled tests subject vehicles – and the dummies inside them – to the same accelerations experienced in […]

Follow your headlights! New tech predicts what’s coming

According to a recent survey, most people are scared driving after dark, something that, with the clocks about to go back, will soon be happening for more and more people. We are the first manufacturer to introduce technology that uses road signs and lane markings as the cue to adjust headlight beams that better illuminate […]

Focus is top of the class for space

Did you know the average school-child grows at a rate of 6 centimetres a year?   Kids can even shoot upwards a whopping 16 centimetres in one year… with spurts of up to half a centimetre in a single night.   That means that some students will be hopping into the family car to return […]

Tree frogs, feet and mermaids? Giant letters reveal your passions

You spoke, and we listened (or at least our giant Focus letters, powered by artificial intelligence, did). And now we know what you’re really into. In Italy, there’s a passion for mermaids, in Germany its tree frogs, in Spain its feet and here in the U.K. its Vikings – or at least it is for […]

Could this tech spell the end of the phantom jam?

You’ve waved good bye to work or school, packed your holiday bags, applied sunscreen, and now it’s time to hit the road… straight into stationary traffic.   In the UK and across Europe, huge numbers of drivers setting off on their summer hols make so-called phantom traffic jams a common occurrence.   These frustrating hold-ups […]

Focus earns a 5-star safety rating

Our all-new Focus has been awarded the maximum safety rating by Euro NCAP.   And the high-tech family car is one of the very first vehicles to get a 5-star rating from the independent crash test authority under new rules that make it even harder to score top marks.   At the start of 2018, […]

Pothole detection irons out the bumps

Drivers are facing a “pothole crisis”’, made worse this year in some areas by the “Beast from the East” arctic air-mass, which delivered icy conditions that further contributed to shattered road surfaces.   A pothole was repaired every 21 seconds on average in England and Wales during the past year and harsh impacts can also […]