The small family vehicle known as the Ford Focus was made by the Ford Motor Company. It has been sold all over the world, in nearly every country where there is a Ford motor market.
The Ford Focus was launched in Europe in the year 1998. Four years later, the car was launched in Australia. Since that time, the Ford Focus has emerged as the best selling vehicle in the United Kingdom, following in the footsteps of its predecessor, the Ford Escort. In the years 2001 and 2002, the Ford Focus had the distinction of being the best selling vehicle in the entire world. In the year 2005, a new version of the Ford Focus was launched on the European continent.
In Europe, the Ford Focus was released as a successor to the Ford Escort. In Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, the Ford Focus was intended as a successor to the Ford Laser.
The code name for the Ford Focus throughout its development at the Ford Motor Company was the CW170. For a brief period, the vehicle was known as the Ford Fusion among Ford contractors. The Ford Focus took its name form a Ghia concept vehicle that was first shown in the year 1991 at the Geneva Motor Show.