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Ford USA recalls 1.4 million Focus models, Australia unaffected

Ford has issued a recall for over 1.4 million examples of the Focus in North America over a stalling issue, The fault revolves around the canister purge valve, which could get stuck in an open position – if this happens, an "excessive vacuum in the fuel system could cause deformation of the vehicle’s plastic fuel tank"...

2019 Ford Focus ST spied undisguised

The all-new Ford Focus ST has been spied without any camouflage this week near the Nurburgring in Germany, indicating an official debut isn't far away. Here we can see the more aggressive body kit compared to the ST-Line variant of the standard Focus, while large alloy wheels (a design available on the previous Focus ST) fill the arches...

CarAdvice podcast 122: Aussie entertainer and car tragic, Shane Jacobson!

Mandy Turner is joined by Paul Maric and James Wong this week. In car news, an Australian debut has been somewhat confirmed for the high-riding Ford Focus Active, Daimler has appointed a new CEO, the 2019 Hyundai i30 Fastback N has been revealed, and the Mazda CX-5 2.5 turbo petrol has appeared on an Australian Government database...

Ford Focus Active: Australian debut confirmed through dealer bulletin

The higher-riding Ford Focus Active now appears set for an Australian debut, likely after the wider hatchback range rolls out in November. According to a dealer bulletin distributed this month, the Focus Active will be listed above the Trend in the Focus line-up but below the Titanium, suggesting it'll be priced similarly to the ST Line ($28,990 hatch, $30,990 wagon)...

CarAdvice podcast 121: Full coverage on 2019 Toyota Supra!

On the podcast this week are Mandy Turner, Mike Stevens, and Scott Collie. In car news, we cover off all the Toyota Supra information, along with details about the Mercedes-AMG A35 and Audi e-tron Quattro. Also, pricing and specs for the Ford Focus have been released, and we cover Ferrari's five-year plan – which includes an SUV...

2019 Ford Focus pricing and specs

Ford Australia has released pricing and specification details for the all-new 2019 Focus range, kicking off at $25,990 before on-road costs. Headlining the new-generation Focus line-up is the availability of the wagon for the first time, range-wide inclusion of autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, along with a new three-cylinder petrol engine mated as standard to an eight-speed automatic transmission...

Ford rules out US production of Focus Active

Ford Motor Company has confirmed it will not be producing the new Focus Active crossover in the United States, opting to drop the high-riding hatchback altogether from its North American line-up after President Donald Trump imposed higher tariffs on Chinese-made products...

2019 Ford Focus ST: 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine confirmed?

We've seen reports the next-generation Ford Focus ST will get an adaptation of the 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost engine from the current Focus RS, and we've heard the industry chatter, but a picture posted on Facebook (above) by an eagle-eyed fan has all but confirmed it...

2019 Ford Focus ST interior spied

The interior of the next-generation Ford Focus ST has been spied within the Nurburgring complex, revealing how Ford plans to make its fresh Focus hotter, inside and out. It looks to be the same vehicle snapped last week, so we don't really learn anything new about the ST's exterior design...

Hot hatches have jumped the shark, and we deserve better

I despise the phrase 'jumped the shark'. It comes from a late episode of Happy Days, where Fonzie literally jumps over a shark on water skis – at least, that's what Wikipedia told me. I wasn't born when the shark was first jumped, you see, but the expression still lingers like a bad smell over pop culture...

2019 Ford Focus ST to get 2.3L turbo - report

The next-generation Ford Focus ST will get a 2.3-litre turbo four and be offered solely with a manual transmission – according to a new report out of the UK. Autocar claims the new ST's motor will have "close technical links" to the engine used in the current Focus RS, though it will be 'adapted' to for the front-wheel drive hot hatch with around 250bhp (186kW)...