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2016 Ford Focus RS : 240kW hot-hatch takes shape

The third-generation Ford Focus RS has moved into the next development stage, with CarAdvice’s spy photographers spotting the new high-performance hatchback testing at Germany’s Nurburgring...

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Sporty small hatch comparison : Mazda 3 v Ford Focus v Holden Cruze v Hyundai i30 v Nissan Pulsar
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Sporty small hatch comparison : Mazda 3 v Ford Focus v Holden Cruze v Hyundai i30 v Nissan Pulsar

Almost anyone can throw on a pair of gym shorts and runners and look reasonably sporting in the checkout line at Coles, and the same is true with cars – the addition of alloy wheels, a spoiler and foglights can suddenly make your small hatchback look at least a bit athletic. As ever, though, it's the muscles beneath the clothes that counts...


2015 Ford Focus ST arriving earlier than expected
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2015 Ford Focus ST arriving earlier than expected

The 2015 Ford Focus ST will reach our shores earlier than expected. Ford Australia’s original forecast had the updated hot-hatch arriving in local showrooms in the second or third quarter of next year, but it now expects the refreshed model to be available as early as March...


2014 Ford Focus gains extra equipment, prices unchanged
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2014 Ford Focus gains extra equipment, prices unchanged

The Ford Focus has been upgraded with new features and enhanced equipment levels, with no change to prices across the range. Ford has added Emergency Assistance – previously available only in the ST hot-hatch – throughout the line-up. A function of the car’s Sync infotainment system, Emergency Assistance uses the driver’s paired phone to deliver a voice message to 000 operators alerting them if the vehicle has been involved in a serious accident...


2015 Ford Focus ST diesel becomes brand's most efficient performance car ever
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2015 Ford Focus ST diesel becomes brand's most efficient performance car ever

The new Ford Focus ST diesel will become the Blue Oval’s most fuel efficient and lowest CO2 performance car ever when it launches overseas early next year. The ST diesel, which has been ruled out for introduction to the local market, was revealed at the weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed alongside the upgraded petrol-powered Ford Focus ST hot-hatch, which will go on sale here around the middle of 2015...


2015 Ford Focus ST revealed
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2015 Ford Focus ST revealed

The Ford Focus ST hot-hatch has targeted both a more dynamic look and drive for its mid-life update. A refresh for the Blue Oval brand’s Golf GTI rival has been unveiled at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, following the revised regular Ford Focus shown earlier in 2014...


2016 Ford Focus RS snapped at the Nurburgring
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2016 Ford Focus RS snapped at the Nurburgring

The hotly anticipated new-generation 2016 Ford Focus RS hot hatch looks to have been caught by our spy photographers again, the time at the holy grail of test tracks: Germany’s Nurburgring. While the car you see here wears ST badges on its tailgate, this does not look to be an update of that version...


Ford Focus ST facelift teased ahead of Goodwood reveal this week
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Ford Focus ST facelift teased ahead of Goodwood reveal this week

A facelifted version of the Ford Focus ST will be revealed this Friday, June 27 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. Ford teased the updated Focus ST hot-hatch overnight, and judging by the sharply-styled headlight assembly it clearly brings similar design changes as have been seen on the standard Focus that was uncovered earlier this year...


Ford Focus RS : First look at third-generation super-hatch
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Ford Focus RS : First look at third-generation super-hatch

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped a prototype of the new Ford Focus RS in Michigan, giving us our first clues to the design and performance of the third-generation super-hatch. While many of the spied car’s body panels are taken directly from Ford’s current hot-hatch flagship, its camouflaged front and rear end and the contents of its wheel arches confirm it’s no regular Focus ST...


Ford Focus Facelift at NYIAS 2014
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Ford Focus Facelift at NYIAS 2014

Alborz Fallah takes a look at the facelifted Ford Focus, which brings refreshed exterior styling and a significantly overhauled interior with improved ergonomics.


Ford Focus remains world's best-selling nameplate
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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's top-selling vehicle nameplate crown
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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's best-selling nameplate
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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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