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Ford Focus Ambiente launched and dropped within a month

The Focus Ambiente has been kicked out of the Australian market before it got a chance to settle in, with Ford Australia announcing its quietly-introduced price leader has already been axed. In a statement issued today, Ford Australia said the entry-level Ambiente variant of its new German-sourced Focus range – priced from $23,490 plus on-road costs – will be dropped shorty after its limited release, making the Trend the entry point once again...

2020 Ford Focus ST wagon unveiled

Ford of Europe has revealed a more practical alternative to the Focus ST hatch, but it's reserved for overseas markets unfortunately. As with the hatch, the Focus ST wagon is available with either a 140kW/400Nm 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine, or a 206kW/420Nm 2.3-litre turbocharged petrol mill...

CarAdvice podcast 148: Osher Gunsberg and his love for EVs

This week you are joined by Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and James Wong. In car news, the Ford Fiesta ST and Focus Active have been delayed, Carlos Ghosn says his arrest was part of a 'conspiracy', the Kia Stinger has joined the NT Police fleet, and the 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA35 has been revealed...

Ford Focus Active delayed until June

Ford Australia has delayed the launch of its new Focus Active crossover until June, after previously being slated for a March arrival Down Under. The Blue Oval was unable to confirm exactly why the new model has been delayed, either – much like the Fiesta ST hot hatch, which is now scheduled to arrive very late this year...

CarAdvice podcast 147: From Holland to Australia in a Golf EV

On this week's podcast, you are joined by Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Kez Casey – check out our new CarAdvice beanies below! In car news, Great Wall has confirmed it's building an electric ute, Nissan has added a five-year warranty, Labor has set an 'ambitious' 50% EV sales target for 2030, and the 2020 Ford Kuga and Escape have been revealed...

Ford Fiesta, Focus mild-hybrid models confirmed for Europe - UPDATE

The Ford Fiesta EcoBoost Hybrid and Ford Focus EcoBoost Hybrid models have been announced for the European market. UPDATE, 27/03/19: Ford Australia says it has "no announcements on Fiesta Hybrid or Focus Hybrid at this stage". Both models feature a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine with a belt-driven integrated starter/generator in place of the regular alternator...

CarAdvice podcast 141: We drive the Ford Falcon Holy Grail!

This week Mandy Turner is in Sydney for the EV mega test – listen out for the EV podcast special! – and is joined on the panel by Trent Nikolic and Tony Crawford. Geza emailed us at podcast@caradvice.com to ask if he should chip tune his 2014 Kia Rondo, used to haul the family and a camper trailer...

2020 Ford Focus ST revealed

Ford Performance has unveiled the new-generation Focus ST this week, ahead of an Australian launch early next year. As before, the Focus ST will be offered with both petrol and diesel engines (though we never got the oiler Down Under) with an automatic transmission available for the first time with petrol power. Headlining the powertrain set is anew 2...

2019 World Car Awards: Finalists announced

The countdown to the World Car Finals has begun this week, with a list of 10 finalists announced for the overall title, along with the contenders in five specialist categories. According to the firm, a jury of 86 "distinguished international automotive journalists" selected the finalists by secret ballot, based on their own assessment of the vehicle as part of their professional work...

Mountune releases m400R, m400X kits for Ford Focus RS

British tuning company, Mountune, has announced its latest upgrade packages for the Ford Focus RS, which boost the all-wheel driven hatchback to "truly something phenomenal". Dubbed 'm400R' and 'm400X', the two kits both bump the 2.3-litre Ecoboost petrol engine's outputs to 294kW and 560Nm – up from the 'standard' 257kW and 440Nm...

2019 Ford Focus: New variants, marketing to push sales revival

Ford Australia is expanding the Focus range with new variants and rethinking its marketing strategy, as it plots a sales revival for its small car. Focus sales have plummeted in recent years, with the model set to record its lowest annual figure since the model replaced the Laser late in 2002...