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Ford Focus Honored in Europe, Voted 'European Car of the Year'

4 January 1999

Ford Focus Honored in Europe, Voted 'European Car of the Year'

DETROIT, Jan. 4 -- Voted 1999 European Car of the Year, Ford Focus has been lauded with overwhelming acclaim and praise in Europe for its driving dynamics, interior package and safety features.

Considered by some to be the most significant accolade in the European motor industry, the 1999 European Car of the Year title was awarded to Focus in November. A total of 55 leading motoring journalists from 21 countries vote annually for the award, which is given to "the most outstanding new car sold in the European market."

Focus also was named Car of the Year in Denmark, Scotland, Ireland, Sweden and Estonia. It also received the prestigious German "Goldenes Lenkrad" award and Italy's "Ricerce Formale" award for beautiful design.

Focus goes on sale in North America in the fall of 1999.