New Ford Focus updated with WIFI
Owners of the all-new Ford Focus will be the first Ford drivers in the UK to access in-car WiFi when it is introduced in 2012.
The technology, named SYNC, will allow up to five people to connect to the internet via their mobile phones or laptops while inside the new Ford Focus.
Ford’s wireless SYNC technology will be rolled out to several other Ford vehicles after it appears on the new Focus and Ford says no subscription fee is required to access the WiFi connection.
The system works using an existing USB modem or Smartphone, the Focus SYNC will deliver a secure wireless connection that can be broadcast throughout the vehicle. Passengers with any WiFi-enabled device will then be able to access the internet.
An advantage of Ford’s WiFi system is that it allows users to make use of variety of USB devices, removing the requirement to purchase specifically compatible equipment.
Ford’s chief engineer for electronic systems, Christof Kellerwessel, said: “Ford is an automaker that is quickly becoming a personal technology company as well." He added: “We’re finding that Ford customers are tech savvy and while travelling as passengers in cars, they want to be able to use their WiFi enabled devices while on the move."
Engines available for the family car include a new 1.6 TDCi diesel engine that delivers a fuel economy of over 67mpg on the combined cycle. Powertrains using Ford’s new 1.6 EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine achieve a figure of more than 47mpg on the combined cycle.
The Focus has proved to be a hit so far in 2011, statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that the Focus is currently the best selling car this year to date.
Pricing for the new Ford Focus currently starts from £16,000, rising up to £21,250 for the range topping Titanium X version.