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2017 Ford Focus RS500 spied testing - UPDATE

Update - The Rs500 prototype was spied again at the Nurburgring sporting some more visual upgrades. See bottom of article for details. A development vehicle believed to be the new Ford Focus RS500 has been spied testing. While no confirmation of the powered-up hyper hatch has been given, these photos look to be the first clear evidence that Ford is working on an even more powerful version of the already-manic Focus RS hyper hatch...

Ford Focus RS waiting list well into 2017 already

Huge demand for the Ford Focus RS, launching next month, has created a waiting list pushing increasingly deep into 2017. Off-the-chart interest for Ford’s hyper hatch (review here) means the 2016 allocation is essentially spoken for, while some dealers are in a position to exhaust their allocations for next year already as well...

Ford Fiesta and Focus ST-Line sports packs revealed

Ford has added a new sports-inspired styling pack to its Focus and Fiesta models, but Australian availability has yet to be confirmed. Revealed for the European market this week, the new ST-Line follows in the footsteps of similar packages offered locally by the likes of Renault and Kia - which both offer packs dubbed GT-Line - among others...

Class action filed over Ford PowerShift transmissions

A law firm has launched a class action lawsuit against Ford Australia, claiming that the car maker's PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmissions are unsafe. Although a specific number of owners involved with the class action is still to be confirmed, a spokesperson for the firm told CarAdvice today that around 70,000 examples of the 1...

2017 Ford Focus rendered

A speculative rendering of the next-generation 2017 Ford Focus has appeared online this week, offering a look at one artist's view of how the new model may be styled. The current Focus made its debut in 2010, and while no official word has been given on the new model’s timing, an unveiling in the next year is likely...

2016 Ford Focus RS to get Mountune upgrades, Australian potential unclear

British tuning firm Mountune has revealed details of a performance package designed for the upcoming 2016 Ford Focus RS. The company announced this week the first group of upgrades to be included in the eventual performance package that will make the hot hatch even hotter...

2017 Ford Focus 'ST270' or 'ST280' spied

A hotter, faster version of the Ford Focus ST has been spied on its way to or from the Nurburgring in Germany. From an earlier set of spy photos we know that Ford's engineers are already busy preparing the next-generation Focus, which will likely make its global debut some time next year...

Ford Focus RS RX makes World Rallycross debut with Ken Block - video

The new Ford Focus RS is already one of the quickest and wildest hot hatches in the world - so the Rallycross version, the Ford Focus RS RX, is truly manic. Debuting in Portugal for the FIA World Rallycross Championship last weekend, the Focus RS RX can sprint from 0-60mph (0-97km/h) in less than two seconds - but then, thanks to FIA specifications, so can its rivals...

Ford in no rush to produce long-range EV

Unlike some of its competitors, Ford has no near-term plans to introduce an electric vehicle with a driving range of around 320 kilometres (200 miles). Kevin Layden, Ford's director of electrification, told Automotive News last week at the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) World Congress in Detroit that the company's revised Ford Focus Electric has enough range to satisfy most commuters in the USA...

2016 Ford Focus: Australian range adds Sync 3 infotainment, new tech packs

A number of key technology enhancements to the 2016 Ford Focus range, which the car maker has dubbed a model-year 2016.75 change, have been announced for the Australian market. Available from July, the updates will see the small Ford Focus become the brand's first model sold in Australia to offer Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment platform as standard on all variants...

Audi A3 outselling Ford Focus in 2016, as luxury models surge

Sometimes certain sales figures contextualise general car industry trends rather neatly. The fact the Audi A3 hatch and sedan range is outselling the Ford Focus hatch and sedan in Australia this year is one such instance. According the VFACTS industry figures, the little German hatch and sedan line-up has managed 1033 sales in 2016, up 5.7 per cent...