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REVIEW: All-new 2019 Ford Focus ups the ante

The new-generation 2019 Ford Focus is now on sale, and it couldn't have arrived a minute sooner. Can it take the game up to the Golf? Let's find out.

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2019 Ford Focus hatch review
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2019 Ford Focus hatch review

The old Ford Focus was under-appreciated, but the new Mk4 model tested here is better again. It's at the pointy end of the class in the areas of driving dynamics, space, infotainment and active safety. Shortlist it.

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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 to use 3D-printed brake parts

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