Double tops for Ford at awards
Scots are recognised as a canny race so perhaps down south we should take notice when they give two awards to Ford at the Scottish Car of the Year 2017 awards.
The new Ford Fiesta was crowned Best Supermini four months after going on sale while the potent Ford Focus RS Mountune was declared Best Hot Hatch.
More than 4.5 million Britons have bought a new Fiesta since the original model premiered in 1976 – 500,000 of those in Scotland. All-new Fiesta in Zetec and Titanium series launched in early summer, followed by ST-Line and Vignale this month – with the hot ST and rugged Active crossover due in 2018.
Stephen Park, Association of Scottish Motoring Writers president, said: “Superminis are increasingly offering the type of features and refinement once reserved for more expensive models. This year has seen new arrivals from numerous key players but it was the new Ford Fiesta, a new generation of a previous Scottish Car of the Year favourite, which wowed judges with its comfort, quality and driving dynamics.”
The Ford Focus RS Mountune winning Best Hot Hatch for 2017 follows Focus RS winning the same category in 2016.
Ford has taken almost 6,000 orders for the latest Focus RS, available through Foray’s FordStore at English Ford in Poole, with the hatchback receiving numerous accolades. The model pioneers All-Wheel Drive with Dynamic Torque Vectoring, which enables higher levels of handling, grip and cornering speed.
The Ford Performance by Mountune upgrade boosts power by 25PS to 375PS and peak torque by 40Nm to 510Nm. This helps the Focus RS sprint from 0-62mph in just 4.5sec – faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera costing more than double.
The Ford Fiesta is available from £13,165, while the Ford Performance by Mountune engine upgrade adds £899 to the £32,765 starting price of the Focus RS.