On Dec. 7, 1999, the Ford Focus swept three awards from Canada’s auto writers—best new economy car, family sedan and sports coupe—on its way to an unprecedented “hat trick” of major automotive honors.
It had won the European Car of the Year title in 1999 and in January, 2000, Focus became the first and only car to earn that tribute in both North America and Europe. A month later, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada added its own Car of the Year title to the Focus honor roll, which totals more than 50 national and international awards and is still growing.
In Europe this year, the Focus was named:
The most reliable car in Germany, by the authoritative TUV quality body, which tested 107 cars one to three years old and found no fault whatsoever in almost 93 percent of all Ford Focuses on the road.
Car of the Year by Diesel Car magazine, which said that with the “astonishingly smooth and very punchy turbo-diesel,” the Focus “has quite simply become clearly the best in its class.”
Reliability leader in the FIA World Rally Championship, as the first ever factory team to score points in every one of the 14 events, while setting an 80 percent finishing record and ending up a strong second in the manufacturer’s series.
The best-selling car in the world the last two years, Focus became a truly global car in October with its introduction to the Australian market. Sold in more than 80 countries on six continents, Focus is made in Germany, Spain, Argentina, Mexico and the U.S.