It’s been 16 years since the Ford Focus was first unveiled to a stunned Geneva Motor Show and just as you’d expect from a boisterous teenager, it’s making as much noise today as it did back then.
The Focus’ impact was instantaneous; launched in 1998 it picked up the European Car of the Year award in 1999. It arrived in North America that same year and promptly repeated the achievement in 2000, becoming the first car to hold Car of the Year titles on both sides of the Atlantic at its very first attempt.
Since then more than 12 million have been sold, which is definitely something to shout about, so we decided to do just that with #CelebrateFocus.
Over the summer we have been celebrating Focus with renowned British artist Mr Bingo, who has been visualising some of the car’s most memorable moments with a series of illustrations, which you can see at NewFordFocus.com
Of course, no 16-year-old’s party would be complete without a few fond memories, so Focus owners were asked to share theirs. So many great stories were received that we decided to visualise them too – on an actual car.
New York-based artist Tim Goodman expertly depicted some of the best stories on a brand new Focus that is being ‘exhibited’ at the Paris Auto show at the beginning of October.
The exhibition is a big thank you to all those involved with Focus during its long and successful life. And here’s to the next 16 years.
Watch the Behind the scenes on the project below.