Ford to increase prices of new vehicles

The search among car buyers for a used Ford Focus may become more noticeable in the coming weeks after the manufacturer revealed that new car prices across its fleet are to increase.

From the start of April, Ford has decided to increase the prices of all its UK models, with the continued weakness of the pound against the Euro stated as the key reason for the rise.

On average, prices are set to increase by 375 per cent, with the Ford Focus Coupe Cabriolet set to be among those to witness the largest price hike of £1,000.

Nigel Sharp, managing director Ford of Britain, said: "Raising prices in such difficult times may seem counter-intuitive, but as a UK business with so many of our costs priced in Euros, we have no choice if we are to protect jobs and remain viable."

He added that over the past 12 months the Euro has strengthened by 30 per cent, while an 18 per cent strengthening has been witnessed within the past year.

What Car? highlighted in a review of the Focus Coupe Cabriolet that the vehicle drives brilliantly, has a large boot and is well-equipped.

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