(Posted on Feb 10, 2019 at 07:23PM by Kelsey McDonald)
Are you a dog lover? If the answer is a resounding yes, then we have some excellent news for you: Ford is working on making driving with our furry friends as safe as possible. The company did this in response to a survey they commissioned which showed that a whopping 32 percent of pet owners don't secure their pets in the car - even though it’s a legal requirement in many countries. Ford engineer, Rene Berns, and his three-year-old Australian Shepherd conducted tests to make sure the Focus wagon was suitable by ensuring that the biggest crate could fit inside of the rear hatch through the maximization of the total volume. Berns did this by compressing the foam layer of the roof liner, altering the length of the hinge screws, and reshaping the opening.
Unfortunately, this model is only available in Europe, but if you’re looking for a good car for you and your animal companion then you should check out the 2017 Ford Focus Titanium. It’s perfect because it has 23.8 cubic feet of cargo space when the car is full, but you can also tumble down the seats to access up to 44.8 ft³ of room!
Do you want to try one out for a spin? Give us a call at our dealership in Renton, Washington, and we’ll schedule you an appointment.