DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Company is updating its traditionally-successful Focus compact car with a list of new features and a more fuel-efficient engine, as it tries to spark sluggish sales in the United States.
There are cosmetic changes inside and out. Under the hood, the Focus gets the 1-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged engine that's now available in Europe.
Ford said the updated Focus will get better gas mileage than the current model, which gets 36-to-40 miles per gallon on the highway. The smaller Fiesta with the 1-liter engine gets 45 mpg on the highway. The tiny engine accounts for almost one-third of Focus sales in Europe, where gas costs about $9 per U.S. gallon.
Gas mileage figures will be released at a later date.
Focus U.S. sales fell 4.6 percent last year even though compact car sales were up nearly 7 percent.
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