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Ford Focus remains world
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Ford Focus remains world's best-selling nameplate

For the second year running the Ford Focus has ranked as the world's best-selling vehicle nameplate, according to industry analyst Polk's new vehicle registration data. Coming off 2012's title win, the Ford Focus has again secured top spot for 2013 with global registrations of 1,097,618 cars – up 8.1 per cent compared with the 1,014,965 sold in 2012...


2015 Ford Focus sedan facelift revealed ahead of New York auto show
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2015 Ford Focus sedan facelift revealed ahead of New York auto show

We've already seen the facelifted 2015 Ford Focus hatchback and wagon, and now it's the sedan's turn for a makeover. The three-box model has been unveiled ahead of its debut at the 2014 New York auto show next week, boasting a similar Aston Martin-inspired grille at the front of the car as is seen on the facelifted Focus hatchback and wagon models (which were revealed at the Geneva motor show in March), though the US market SE Sport model shown by Ford features the blacked-out treatment rather than a chromed nose...


Ford Focus ST diesel ruled out for Australia
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Ford Focus ST diesel ruled out for Australia

The upcoming Ford Focus ST diesel hot-hatch will not be sold in Australia. Ford Australia has ruled out the high-performance Focus ST diesel - which will reportedly be powered by a 2.0-litre TDCi turbo diesel four-cylinder engine with about 136kW of power and 380Nm of torque - because there is no expectation among hot hatch buyers for a diesel option...


Ford Focus ST diesel coming - reports
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Ford Focus ST diesel coming - reports

We hope it won't be called the STD, but reports claim there will soon be a Ford Focus ST diesel. Said to be powered by a 2.0-litre TDCi turbo diesel four-cylinder engine, the Focus ST diesel will give Ford a competitor to the Volkswagen Golf GTD. Several reports out of Europe claim the announcement was made by Ford chief operating officer Mark Fields at a dinner function following the Geneva motor show last week...


Ford Focus : New engines, revised dynamics, added tech for facelifted small car
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Ford Focus : New engines, revised dynamics, added tech for facelifted small car

New 1.5-litre turbo petrol and diesel engines, retuned suspension and steering, and enhanced connectivity and driver assist features headline upgrades to the facelifted Ford Focus. Leaked on Sunday ahead of its official public unveiling at next week’s Geneva motor show, the Focus mid-life update is cloaked by fresh styling, including the brand’s now-signature multi-slat trapezoidal grille and a redesigned instrument cluster, dashboard and centre stack...


Ford Focus facelift revealed
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Ford Focus facelift revealed

The new-look Ford Focus has been leaked ahead of its Geneva motor show debut. Ford's popular small car adopts a new, more substantive look, featuring the company's Aston Martin-like family grille, an all-new headlight and bumper design, and a thoroughly revamped interior. Several images leaked to a forum over the weekend showing the new model in both hatch and wagon body styles...


Ford Focus : facelifted hatch, wagon spied testing
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Ford Focus : facelifted hatch, wagon spied testing

Camouflaged Ford Focus prototypes have been spotted in various guises while undergoing both hot- and cold-weather testing, confirming development of the small car's mid-life upgrade is well under way. Set to feature a new trapezoidal front grille – similar to that already seen on the Focus Electric and Focus ST, as well as the new Fiesta and Mondeo – the mid-life Ford Focus refresh will also include revised front and rear bumpers and new headlights and tail-lights...


Hot hatch comparison: Volkswagen Golf GTI v Ford Focus ST v Renault Sport Megane 265
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Hot hatch comparison: Volkswagen Golf GTI v Ford Focus ST v Renault Sport Megane 265

It’s rare that a higher-specification variant of a popular mainstream car would be the best-seller in the range, but that tells you much about the enduring status and appeal of the Volkswagen Golf GTI. With one in four Golfs driving out of VW showrooms wearing the revered three-letter badge, the GTI is almost ubiquitous on Australian streets...


Ford Fiesta gets Emergency Assistance; Focus models get full-size spare wheel
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Ford Fiesta gets Emergency Assistance; Focus models get full-size spare wheel

The Ford Fiesta now comes standard with the car maker's potentially live-saving Emergency Assistance feature, while select models in the Ford Focus range have been upgraded to include a full-size spare wheel. The addition of Emergency Assistance brings standard variants in the Fiesta range into line with the Fiesta ST performance flagship, as well as the Focus ST and Kuga models...


Ford Focus on track to retain world
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Ford Focus on track to retain world's top-selling vehicle nameplate crown

The Ford Focus is on track to top global car sales for the second year in a row, with the manufacturer's own figures suggesting it has sold almost 590,000 units of the popular small car in the first half of 2013. Ford claimed the Focus was the best-selling vehicle nameplate in the world in 2012, having delivered more than one million cars, beating the Toyota Corolla, which amassed 872,774 sales...


Ford Focus ST: 2013 SEMA concepts previewed
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Ford Focus ST: 2013 SEMA concepts previewed

Four customised Ford Focus ST hot-hatches have been previewed ahead of next month's SEMA show in Las Vegas. The four new Ford performance hatches are part of a 57-car line-up the company is bringing to this year's show. The Focus ST by PM Lifestyle gets a Banks Power straight-shot water methanol injection system, along with 19-inch wheels from Rotiform, GT Radial Champiro tyres, Sparco seats and afive-point Schroth Racing harness...


Ford Focus Ambiente: base model updated with cruise control
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Ford Focus Ambiente: base model updated with cruise control

The Ford Focus Ambiente has been updated with the addition of cruise control, putting the entry-level model into line with the rest of its range. Added to the standard equipment list of both hatch and sedan variants, the Ford Focus Ambiente specification update is joined by a new $50 option for Ambiente and Trend lines to gain lumbar support control for drivers and front passengers...


Mexican man sues Ford after Focus is used as drug mule
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Mexican man sues Ford after Focus is used as drug mule

A Mexican man is suing Ford Motor Company for negligence, alleging that the car maker gave out key codes allowing criminals to use his Ford Focus as a drug mule. Ricardo Magallanes spent six months in federal prison in El Paso, Texas, after customs officers discovered 50.8kg of marijuana in the boot of his Focus while attempting to cross the Stanton Street Bridge from Mexico to attend class at the University of Texas...


Ford Focus EV price cut to combat sluggish US sales
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Ford Focus EV price cut to combat sluggish US sales

The price of the Ford Focus EV car has been cut US$4000 ($4400) – 10 per cent of its former price – in response to sluggish sales. The compact electric vehicle, now listed at US$35,995 ($39,300), struggled to meet initial sales projections in the US, owing to consumer concerns about the vehicle’s range, highpurchase price and limited charging outlets...


Ford Focus Sport Review
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Ford Focus Sport Review

The Ford Focus has been one of the best small cars to drive ever since it reached Australian shores in 2002. Although a $38,290 sticker is plastered across the window of the most dynamic version, the ST hot-hatch, an alternative sporty model is available for significantly less...

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Ford Focus ST gains Emergency Assistance, regular models miss out
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Ford Focus ST gains Emergency Assistance, regular models miss out

The German-built Ford Focus ST has been upgraded with the manufacturer's Emergency Assistance automatic emergency services calling function. But the regular Thai-sourced Focus models will be forced to go without the potentially life-saving technology indefinitely, with Ford Australia confirming the system is currently only compatible with its European-built cars...


Small car comparison: Volkswagen Golf v Mazda 3 v Toyota Corolla v Holden Cruze v Ford Focus v Hyundai i30 v Opel Astra v Honda Civic
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Small car comparison: Volkswagen Golf v Mazda 3 v Toyota Corolla v Holden Cruze v Ford Focus v Hyundai i30 v Opel Astra v Honda Civic

Before the fireworks are blown at year's end more than a quarter of a million Australians will sign for a small hatchback or sedan, of which about 75 per cent will pick one of the eight nameplates featured in this test. This is the biggest, most relevant test of the year. The catalyst for this mega-comparison is the arrival of the new Volkswagen Golf...


Ford Focus world
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Ford Focus world's best-selling nameplate

The Ford Focus was the biggest-selling vehicle nameplate in the world last year, according to a collation of new vehicle registrations by Polk. It’s the second consecutive year the Blue Oval’s small car has proved to be the most popular nameplate globally...


Ford Focus Video Review
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Ford Focus Video Review

The Focus continues to be one of the best cars to drive in the small car segment, while the Titanium version offers plenty of technology...


Small car comparison: Toyota Corolla v Hyundai i30 v Mazda3 v Ford Focus

Small car comparison: Toyota Corolla v Hyundai i30 v Mazda3 v Ford Focus

With an all-new Toyota Corolla launched with a $19,990 price tag, we find out which is the best entry-level small car for the money, putting the world's best selling small car up against the Ford Focus, Hyundai i30 and Mazda3. Words: Daniel DeGasperi. Photos: Easton Chang. Comparison tests don’t come more relevant than this...

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$21,990

Ford Focus RS set for 2015 release: report
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Ford Focus RS set for 2015 release: report

The third instalment of the Ford Focus RS hot-hatch is close to being signed off by its manufacturer, according to a UK report. CarAdvice wrote in March 2012 how development of the next-generation RS had been delayed, and UK publication Autocar claims Ford insiders have now indicated it's back on track - for a 2015 launch...


Ford enables software developers to create apps for its vehicles
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Ford enables software developers to create apps for its vehicles

Ford has launched an open developer program for its in-car infotainment system at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, making it the first car maker in the world to enable software developers to create apps for its vehicles...


Ford Focus Review
Rating: 710 /10
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Ford Focus Review

Although synonymous with Germany, the Ford Focus now has stronger links to Tom Yum Goong than to sauerkraut. The switch to Thai production in August saw the introduction of the Focus Mk2, which debuted Ford's hands-free Sync infotainment system among other tech features, yet did not suffer a drop in cabin quality to the extent of the Fiesta when it made the same transition two years earlier...

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$20,290 to $22,590

Ford Focus ST v Renault Megane RS265 v VW Golf GTI: Comparison Review
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Ford Focus ST v Renault Megane RS265 v VW Golf GTI: Comparison Review

The Ford Focus ST has blown onto the hot-hatch scene. Will it cause a hurricane to rip through the rock-solid Volkswagen Golf GTI and Renault Megane RS265? Words: Jez Spinks. Photos: Chris Brasher. Hands up if you still think you can only have fun in a rear-wheel-drive car. If you’ve lifted one of your upper limbs then you need to get behind the wheel of the best exponents of the front-wheel-drive hot-hatch breed...


Ford Focus ST Video Review
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Ford Focus ST Video Review

The Blue Oval's first global performance car is a hot hatch that's sharply priced and sharp to drive.


Ford Focus RS hot-hatch to get 250kW turbo four-cylinder: report
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Ford Focus RS hot-hatch to get 250kW turbo four-cylinder: report

The next iteration of the fiery Ford Focus RS hatch is set to be powered by a 250kW-plus turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, stepping up from the previous car's 224kW five-cylinder powerplant. UK publication Auto Express reports the new Ford Focus RS will see a freshly developed four-cylinder engine send as much as 257kW to the front wheels through an active limited slip differential, or E-diff, via a manual gearbox...


Ford Focus ST, Fusion concepts headed for 2012 SEMA show
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Ford Focus ST, Fusion concepts headed for 2012 SEMA show

Ford has lifted the lid on nine bespoke Ford Focus ST and Ford Fusion concepts ahead of their unveiling at this month's tuner expo, the 2012 SEMA show, in Las Vegas. Five Focus ST hot-hatches and four Fusion (Mondeo) mid-size sedans will headline Ford's diverse display of more than 20 vehicles at the trade show, which will also include a number of SUVs and F-Series trucks...


Ford Focus ST Review
Rating: 910 /10
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Ford Focus ST Review

The Ford Focus ST is your typical blue oval performance car in Europe, contrasting with the big powerful Falcon sedans such as the XR6 Turbo and FPV GT. But Ford’s latest-generation ST – for Sports Technologies – is now being pitched as the company’s first true global performance model – one it says will have the same dynamic qualities and appeal whether drivers are in Los Angeles, London, Rome, Sydney or Melbourne...

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$38,290

Ford Focus adds carbonfibre technology to reduce weight
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Ford Focus adds carbonfibre technology to reduce weight

Ford has unveiled a prototype carbonfibre bonnet for the Ford Focus at Composites Europe in Dusseldorf, Germany, that could aid in reduce the fuel consumption of future models. The carbonfibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) Ford Focus bonnet, which is 50 per cent lighter than the standard steel part, is constructed from the super-strong, super-light material more often associated with high-end performance cars from the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini as well as top-level racing cars...