DETROIT -- Ford is testing prototypes of the redesigned Focus compact car on U.S. roads 18 months ahead of the car's production launch in China.
The 2020 Focus will be the first Chinese-built Ford to be sold in the United States.
A heavily camouflaged prototype of the vehicle was parked on Sunday at a retail outlet in Ann Arbor, Michigan, near Ford's headquarters and engineering center.
Spy photographers have recently captured Focus prototypes undergoing pre-production testing in Europe as well.
In an email, Ford spokesman Michael Levine said the new Focus will go into production in the second half of 2019 and feature "more technology and more space" and "a number of new Focus models."
He said the redesigned Focus will be "globally sourced, primarily from China."