The all-wheel drive 2016 Ford Focus RS has just been crowned Car of the Year at the 2016 Vehicle Dynamics International (VDI) Awards in Germany.
The annual VDI awards recognise the best ideas, technology innovation and achievements in vehicle dynamics development and are decided by a jury of 23 independent automotive journalists from around the world.
This year those journalists praised the Ford Focus RS for boasting “unbeatable handling” and for its “pure driving pleasure”.
Jurors said of the Ford Focus RS:
- “Ford’s Focus RS has completely rewritten the hot hatch rulebook,” Alvaro Sauras, Autofácil/EVO, Spain
- “Ford Focus RS is by far the most entertaining to drive owing to neutral and oversteer handling characteristics that the opposition can’t match,” Nicol Louw, CAR magazine, South Africa
- “The Focus RS simply rewrites the rulebook for how sporting hatchbacks behave. The combination of handling prowess, safety and security, and the sheer hooliganism of Drift Mode blends performance and pure driving pleasure like few cars ever have,” Jim Kenzie, Toronto Star, Canada
The Ford Focus RS is priced from $50,990 in Australia.