Ford is expanding its Focus range in New Zealand to include a 1.8-litre turbo diesel wagon and a 2.0-litre petrol wagon.
The wagons go on sale from January 1, 2007, and will each sell for $35,290," said Richard Matheson, Managing Director of Ford New Zealand.
The 1.8-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine drives through a five-speed manual transmission, and the 2.0 litre Duratec petrol unit is mated to a four-speed automatic.
The diesel engine develops 85kW of maximum power at 3700rpm and 300Nm of peak torque at 1900rpm.
The petrol motor delivers 107kW at 6000rpm and 185Nm at 4500rpm.
Ford says the Focus petrol wagon delivers fuel economy og 8.0 litres/100km, and the turbo diesel 5.7 litres/100km.
The Focus wagon's load space length to the back of the rear seats is 1.04 metres. When the rear sear backs are lowered, that increases to 1.67 metres.
The Intelligent Safety System fitted to the wagons includes driver and front passenger airbags, ABS brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Beltminder system, crash severity sensor and pyrotechnic seatbelt pretensioners.
The wagons are identical in specification with base-level Focus saloon cars and have cruise control, front seat side airbags and power exterior mirrors, air-conditioning, ABS and a CD player.
Ford builds the wagons at its Saarlouis factory in Germany.
Ford NZ managing director Richard Matheson saud the Focus wagon "is a vehicle that our customers have told us they want. High-mileage fleet operators are excited about the option of the diesel engine.
"Private customers who are looking for a family car will appreciate the small-car handling with the large car capabilities and luggage capacity."
Matheson says Focus sales have increased 21 percent year-to-date from August 1 2005 which places it fourth in the compact car segment.