The Ford Focus range has expanded to include two new models this year: the sport-oriented ST version and an electric-powered model. The Focus 5-door hatchback continues to offer an excellent mix of agile handling, cargo room, and strong fuel economy. Under the hood is a 160-bhp 2.0-liter inline-4 coupled to a standard 5-speed manual, with a 6-speed PowerShift automatic or range-topping 6-speed PowerShift with SelectShift manual controls optional. The ST is all about carving corners, while the Titanium trim level loads the Focus 5-door with luxury touches like leather seating, a 10-speaker Sony audio system, SYNC with MyFord Touch, push-button start, and dual zone automatic climate controls. For a sinister touch, the SE Black Pack appearance package includes a piano black grille, 17-inch machined alloy wheels and, as you might have guessed, a black paintjob to match.
The Ford Focus Electric is taking the fight to eco-themed rivals like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. If you want to impress the neighbors, tell them the EPA's equivalency formula pegs the Focus Electric at 110/99-mpg in city and highway driving. Of course, this fun fact is tempered by the Focus Electric's estimated total driving range of 76 miles — that's better than the Mitsubishi i and about even with the Nissan Leaf. The Focus Electric accepts charge at 6.6 kW versus 3.3 kW in the Leaf. According to Ford's estimate, that means a full recharge via a 220-volt outlet is accomplished in 4 hours, or half the time you'd need for the Leaf. Performance is peppy, especially at city speeds, and top speed is set at 84 mph. A display on the dashboard fills with butterflies if you're gentle about applying the gas pedal. MyFord mobile apps allow you to locate charging stations, or pre-heat and pre-cool the car while it's plugged into the grid (thereby saving battery life once you're on the road).
The 300C is the luxury version of the Chrysler 300. Bold styling with strong lines give the 300C a sense of power and refinement.
The 300C uses a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The engine intelligently shuts-down select cylinders while cruising under low-load conditions, which conserves gas. Standard safety features include four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control and curtain airbags. The interior is well appointed with a navigation system, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seating and memory drivers seat. Available features include adaptive bi-xenon headlights, blind spot detection and adaptive speed control.
The 300C S V8 trims have been dropped for 2013. The V8 is still available as an option.
The Volvo S60 is a sporty, dynamic sedan combining excellent performance and great design with outstanding safety features. For 2014, the S60 has been refreshed and updated.
The S60 is available as a front-wheel or all-wheel drive T5, or as an all-wheel drive T6 or T6 R-Design. Included on the T5 is a turbocharged 250-hp five-cylinder, the T6 includes a turbocharged 300-hp 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine which the T6 R-Design upgrades to 325-hp. All are matched with a six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. Chassis equipment includes dynamic stability traction control (DSTC) with advanced stability control, and corner traction control with torque vectoring. Safety features include City Safety, whiplash protection front headrests (WHIPS), anti-lock brakes, and six airbags. Sirius satellite radio and Bluetooth are standard. The T5 includes T-Tec cloth upholstery, the T6 and R-Design have standard leather upholstery. Optional equipment includes a glass moonroof, navigation system, an upgraded premium audio system, rear seat entertainment system with dual DVD players, and xenon high-intensity headlights with washers..
The 3 Series coupe and convertible models get a mild refresh for 2011, including new head- and taillights, hood, grille, side skirts and front and rear fascias. All 335i models (sedan, coupe and convertible) receive the new N55 single-turbo inline-6, while the new 335is (in both coupe and convertible) uses a higher-output version of the N54 twin-turbo inline-6, rated at 320 bhp and 332 lb.-ft. of torque (with an overboost function for 370 lb.-ft.). The 335is will be available with the DCT gearbox ($1575), marking the dual-clutch system’s first appearance in a 3 Series other than the M3. Speaking of the M3, there’s a new M3 Competition Package for even sharper handling. Look for an all-new 3 Series sedan toward the end of 2011 as a 2012 model.