Ford has also confirmed that an 'exciting performance model' will step in to replace the current Ford Focus ST which has been axed from the European line-up due to stricter Euro V emissions regulations.
The new generation Ford Focus ST is expected to use a 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine - Ford speak for turbocharged - in place of the venerable 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine.
As part of the 'One Ford' global strategy, the new Ford Focus will remain relatively identical throughout all 122 world markets.
The new Ford Focus will launch in early 2011 in the US and UK, with delivery to other markets including Australia to follow not long after.
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