It’s award season at present for the motoring manufacturers, whereby worthy winners of all sorts of categories are announced by a wide variety of judges. Some of the awards are clearly more desirable than others but all winners, you would assume, are proud of their achievements. Now MotorMartin loves a Ford, what with an aching desire to someday replace C866AND, a 2.0L Laser Capri long since scrapped, so when the Blue Oval sent news of their latest success over to MotorMartin Towers it was met with the appropriate level of interest. Ford then, have announced to MotorMartin that their new Ford KA+ and Ford Focus ST are named winners at the 2017 Carbuyer awards. Congratulations.
Stuart Milne, Carbuyer editor, explained to MotorMartin that: “The Ford Ka+ is more than just a cut-price Fiesta. It offers small-hatchback space and practicality for city-car money. Despite its enticingly low price tag, the KA+ is good to drive, and with 56mpg possible, it won’t break the bank to run either.
“The Ford Focus ST is by far the most rounded hot hatch on sale. It’s comfortable and practical enough to be superb day-to-day transport, but offers the performance, ride and handling to really entertain on a twisty road. What sealed the ST’s win for us was the model choices available and, whichever version you choose, you’ll find the car well-priced and well-equipped.”
Ford have confirmed to MotorMartin that the new KA+ joins their small-car line-up alongside the best-selling Fiesta, and provides an attractive new alternative for buyers who want a spacious, well-equipped and high-quality small car at a price point starting at £8,995.
They have also explained that the Focus ST range features two engines, three series and two body styles. Both the 250PS EcoBoost petrol and 185PS TDCi diesel 2.0-litre engines are offered in the ST-1, ST-2 and ST-3 series starting from £22,495. There is also an acclaimed estate body style offering a unique combination of load space and sporty handling.
Andy Barratt, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, informed MotorMartin that: “It’s great to see the new Ford KA+ gathering its first UK award within a month of arriving in dealerships. This award from the experts at Carbuyer is a welcome endorsement of the class-leading attributes of the new KA+.”
And you can’t really disagree can you.
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