The Ford Focus is a compact car C-segment in Europe manufactured by the Ford Motor Company and created under Alexander Trotman 's Ford plan, which aimed to globalize model development and sell one compact vehicle worldwide. Ford of Europe introduced the Focus in to the European market as a replacement for the Ford Escort. The decision to name the new car the "Ford Focus" was made in early , as Ford's senior management had been planning to keep the "Escort" nameplate for its new generation of small family cars. A last-minute problem arose in July when a Cologne court, responding to a case brought by the publisher Burda , ordered Ford to avoid the name "Focus" for the cars in the German market since the name was already taken by one of its magazines Focus.
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The Ford Escort is a small family car which was manufactured by Ford of Europe from until The Ford Escort name was also applied to several small car types produced in North America by Ford between and In , Ford revived the Escort name for a car based on the second-generation Ford Focus sold on the Chinese market. The Escort was frequently the best selling car in Britain during the s and s.
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The Escort is offered as a two-door coupe, four-door sedan, and a four-door wagon. It's powered by a 2. ABS is optional. The North American Escort adopted both the badge and the general design of a redesigned European model, and the name has been applied to several different designs in North America since its introduction as Ford's first successful world car. The Escort was Ford's first front-wheel-drive car built in North America.