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2019 Ford Focus recalled over electrical issue

Ford Australia has issued a national recall for 2787 examples of its model-year 2019 Focus hatchback, citing an issue with the transmission stud which could damage the engine wiring loom. The recall notice, which has been lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says the transmission stud in the Ford Focus could chafe on the engine engine wiring loom...

Interview: Ford Australia boss Andrew Birkic

The new boss of Ford Australia, Andrew Birkic, has been in the top job for a little more than a month, but he has been with the Blue Oval brand for more than 26 years. We asked the former global brand manager for Ford Ranger about plans for a V6 Ford Ranger Raptor, the chances of the Ford Explorer, F-150 and Bronco nameplates ever returning to Australian showrooms – and if Ford will stay in V8 Supercars once Holden is gone...

Every car leaving the Australian market in 2020 – UPDATE

It's been a big year for automotive in 2020, with the exit of Holden, the cancellation of international motor shows and the Australian Grand Prix due to coronavirus, and the steady decline of new car sales. In a challenging climate, it's perhaps unsurprising that carmakers are reducing their ranges, discontinuing under-performers and replacing older models with hybrids, electric cars or new creations altogether...

And then there were three: Ford trims Focus range

If you want to buy a Ford Focus ST-Line wagon, base model Ambiente, or a top-of-the range Titanium, you better get in quick. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. Ford Australia has dropped four of the seven models from its Focus line-up, keeping only the more popular variants as it streamlines the range. The company previously had six mainstream models...

2020 Ford Focus pricing and specs

Ford has updated pricing for its 2020 Focus hatchback after trimming down the line-up. The core Focus range is now only two models, after the removal of Trend and Titanium hatches and the ST-Line wagon, leaving only the ST-Line hatch and Active hatch. The ST hero model continues atop the line-up. Note: The performance 2020 Focus ST variant pricing and specs have been covered here...

Next Ford Focus ST to go hybrid, current model likely its last traditional hot hatch

The next generation Ford Focus ST will likely adopt hybrid power – and the model that is about to go on sale in Australia this week could be the last of the blue oval brand's traditional hot hatches. The boss of Ford Performance Europe, Stefan Muenzinger, told Australian media during a video conference for the local launch of the new Ford Focus ST that he was not permitted to talk about future model programs...

New Ford Focus ST won’t get all-wheel-drive 

The boss of Ford Performance Europe has ruled out an all-wheel-drive version of the new generation Focus ST hot hatch as a possible replacement for the Focus RS which was axed last month. Speaking to Australian media via a video link for the local launch of the blue oval brand’s latest hot hatch, Stefan Muenzinger said there are no plans for an all-wheel-drive system to handle the most powerful Ford Focus ST to date...

Ford Focus ST wagon ruled out for Australia, but auto hatch will boost sales

The Ford Focus ST wagon offered in Europe is not planned for Australia. However, Ford Australia expects the new Focus ST hatch due in showrooms this week will broaden its appeal with the option of an automatic transmission for the first time. Figures supplied by Ford show demand for manual versus automatic transmissions for all hot hatches sold in Australia is fairly even, at 53 per cent versus 47 per cent respectively...

Ford Focus RS officially dead, contrary to reports there was hope of its revival

The Ford Focus RS has officially become one of the first major casualties of tighter emissions standards in Europe. The next generation Ford Focus RS – which was about two to three years away from arriving in showrooms – has been axed because the cost of meeting more stringent emissions standards could not be justified against the limited demand for the niche performance model...

Ford Focus RS to be axed? Not so fast

Ford Australia has dismissed overseas reports that its flagship hot hatch Focus RS will not be revived with the latest generation model. French publication Caradisiac claimed yesterday the fourth-gen Focus RS – which has been reported to add a 48-volt mild-hybrid system to the outgoing generation’s 257kW and 470Nm 2...

2020 Ford Focus ST gets the Mountune treatment, but not in Australia

UK Ford tuning expert Mountune has worked its magic on the new-generation Focus ST hot hatch to boost power and performance. However, Australian owners will likely miss out on the upgrade option even though Mountune kits were offered through Ford dealers for the previous generation Focus ST and Fiesta ST...