Ford Focus up by $3100

THE facelifted Ford Focus starts at $23,390, making it $3100 more than its predecessor.

Thatís because the Ambiente model, which made up about 10 percent of sales, has been dropped, making the most popular model, the Trend, now the entry level. Thatís what Ford should be shouting from rooftops: For an extra $100 over the old model, the Trend gets sat-nav, a reversing camera and SYNC2.

The dual-clutch has been replaced by a torque-converter auto across the range, and the slow-selling diesel has been dumped.