2012 Ford Focus Hits The Track (Video Inside)

Ford‘s 2012 Focus has kept a low profile since it’s debut at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. While we heard endless stories about the Chevrolet Cruze in the run up to its launch, the only news coming out from the Ford camp is the admittedly big announcement about the Focus ST.

Now comes another nugget of information leaking out from Dearborn, this time in video form. A pre-production 2012 Focus is seen lapping the track, and while it’s hard to decode much from the video, The Truth About Cars seems to be enthusiastic about the car’s handling prowess. Judge for yourself after the jump.

[Source: The Truth About Cars]

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While we’re not convinced that having standard keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation is enough for the Cruze to steer potential buyers to their vehicle over the Corolla, but we have to commend Chevrolet for taking a proactive approach in making their vehicles more attractive. (In fact, we were pleasantly surprised with the new Cruze).

The other video really just introduces the Cruze as the “new kid” on the block, highlighting all it offers at a cheaper price compared to its competitors. Is it enough to get the Cruze cruising off the lots and down the streets? We’re not sure, but at least it’s not your boring run-of-the-mill ad that doesn’t even strike any interest in the car.

Read AutoGuide.com’s review on the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze by Clicking Here.

Get more Chevy Cruze news and info at CruzeTalk.com

Check out both video ads after the break:

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The top level Cruze will set you back $22,695, a decent sum for a compact car, but you’ll get options like  leather seats, Bluetooth, a a USB port for the car’s audio system, rear-parking assist and 18-inch wheels, all of which are pretty grown-up features for an economy car.

Get more Chevy Cruze news and info at CruzeTalk.com

GALLERY: Chevrolet Cruze Eco

Hit the jump to see Chevrolet’s official press release

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