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Earlier this year, Ford promised us a hotter version of the all-new Focus, and at this month's Paris Motor Show, the Blue Oval is sticking to its word.

The 2012 Ford Focus ST will be the brand's first high-performance model developed under the watchful eye of its global performance vehicle team, and while the hatch you see here is being billed as a "design study," make no mistake – this will form the basis of the ST coming to market in early 2012.

Power is provided by an EcoBoost 2.0-liter inline four churning out 247 turbocharged horsepower, and Ford promises that the ST's handling and aural delights will live up to the marque's performance heritage. FoMoCo also makes it clear that the ST is bound for "all global markets from early 2012" so those of us in the States should finally get a crack at what's traditionally been a Euro-only affair.

Joining the Focus ST in Paris will be the new Mondeo and C-Max, both powered by Ford's new range of fuel-efficient gasoline and diesel-powered drivetrains. Make the jump for the full details.

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  • Exciting new next-generation Ford Focus gears up for Paris launch of full production-ready range of bodystyles, displayed together for the first time
  • Global reveal of new high-performance 250PS Focus ST for 2012 launch
  • New Mondeo and C-MAX ranges on show
  • Ford accelerates efforts to reduce CO2 emissions with high-efficiency ECOnetic technologies and Electrification feature displays

Cologne, September 15, 2010 – The exciting new next-generation Ford Focus range is the star attraction in Ford Motor Company's display at the 2010 Paris Motor Show on September 30.

For the first time, the complete global Ford Focus line-up of three production-ready dynamic bodystyles will be displayed together, providing customers with a full insight into this significant new model before it goes on sale in Europe and North America early in 2011.

Ford is also delivering on its promise to introduce a global performance version of the new Focus with a world premiere for the exciting flagship of the range, the muscular 250PS Focus ST. The dramatic new ST will launch in early 2012 and will be revealed on September 30 at the Ford stand by Alan Mulally, Ford's President and CEO, and Stephen Odell, Chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe.

First Global Product

The formal launch of the full production-ready Focus range in Paris is highly significant for Ford, as it signals the introduction of the first truly global product developed under the Company's ONE Ford strategy.

The Focus is Ford's most significant car range globally. Developed at Ford's Global Centre of Excellence for Small Cars in Germany, for sale in over 120 markets worldwide, the next-generation model is the most important Focus yet and is created from Ford Motor Company's new global C segment platform with up to 80 per cent parts commonality globally. This platform will underpin at least ten vehicles around the world and account for some two million units of annual production by 2012.

With the complete range of three bodystyles on display in Paris for the first time – sporty five-door, elegant four-door and stylish wagon – show goers will have an exclusive opportunity to see and experience the car's individual design and class leading technology first hand.

New Focus promises to be the smartest car in the C-segment and is packed with more affordable technologies and features than customers ever before in this segment, the next-generation Focus also offers customers the highest standards of quality and detailed craftsmanship, outstanding fuel economy, and takes the legendary Focus driving dynamics to a new level.

Previewing the exciting new Focus ST

At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Ford Motor Company's group vice president for Global Product Development, Derrick Kuzak, promised that an exciting new performance version of the next generation Ford Focus was in development.

At Paris, Ford is delivering on that promise by revealing an early preview model of the exciting next-generation Ford Focus ST. Targeted for launch in all global markets from early 2012, the all-new Ford Focus ST will be Ford's first high-performance model developed under its global Performance Vehicles strategy.

The new range-topping Focus – which features a unique 250PS version of the 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine – will be completely true to Ford's ST heritage, offering driving enthusiasts an intoxicating cocktail of exhilarating performance and handling accompanied by an addictive sound.

Visitors to the Paris display also cannot fail to notice the show car's highly distinctive sports exterior, which is finished in 'Tangerine Scream', a dramatic new body colour that reflects the new ST's exciting and energetic character.

New Mondeo and C-MAX on Display

Taking their place alongside the next-generation Focus family will be five-door and wagon versions of the new Mondeo range, which was previewed at the recent Moscow International Automobile Salon. The Paris show sees the debut of the ultra- low CO2 Mondeo ECOnetic version. The Ford stand also showcases the latest S- MAX and Galaxy models which were launched earlier in 2010.

The all-new Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX will be represented by high series Titanium models fitted with a Ford EcoBoost 1.6-litre 180 PS petrol engine and the updated 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel. Bringing new levels of style and desirability to the compact Multi-Activity Vehicle (MAV) market, the all-new Ford C-MAX is the first production model using Ford's exciting new global C-segment platform. The Grand C-MAX also goes on sale in North America in late 2011.

Lower CO2 Emissions Across the Ford Range

Ford is accelerating its efforts to minimise fuel consumption and CO2 emissions across its product range, and two important new entries to the Ford of Europe product portfolio are being displayed at Paris – the new Ford Mondeo ECOnetic and the Ford Ka with standard Ford Auto-Start-Stop system.

These new models follow the significant new developments which have already been introduced during 2010, including the launch of the new high-efficiency Ford EcoBoost turbocharged direct injection petrol engine family and completely updated versions of the powerful yet highly fuel-efficient Duratorq TDCi diesel engines.

Ford is also moving forward with its European electrification program and will be displaying for the first time the technology destined to drive its C-MAX plug-in hybrid vehicle, that will be produced at the Valencia plant in Spain and is due to go on sale in Europe in 2012. A version will also be sold in North America.

Along with the wider introduction of low-CO2 Ford ECOnetic Technologies such as Eco Mode and Smart Regenerative Charging, Ford of Europe is on track to surpass its goal of a 30 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions from its new vehicles by 2020, relative to a 2006 model year baseline.

"The launch of the complete new Focus range, plus the global debut of the high- performance ST model, makes this Paris Show not only very exciting for Ford, but also highly significant," said Stephen Odell, Chairman & CEO, Ford of Europe. "With the all-new C-MAX also on the Paris stand, along with the latest Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy models, it's clear that the pace of change within Ford remains as impressive as ever."

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      • 4 Years Ago
      It's nice and all, but I don't like it as much as the previous generation Focus ST (and this is coming from a previous owner of the car).

      I much prefer the shape of the old car which seems much sportier for some reason...
        • 4 Years Ago

        I also like the high up, vertical tail lights of the older ST more. This new one is a decent looking car no doubt, but not as handsome as the one we didn't get stateside.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was at first revolted by the grille....but after a few more glances.....I kinda like it. Certainly a bold move. The taillights are far to busy though, and not enough to make up for the underwhelming rear end.
        • 4 Years Ago
        strange rear lights!

        i think ford forget the Focus roots, it doesn't resemble the previous 2 models.
        the current model in hatch form is NICE!

      • 4 Years Ago
      Take a look at this video on YouTube.

      • 4 Years Ago
      front is kinda funny, especially when they already have an awesome front to work with on the focus RS. other than that looks solid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now I'm really going to have a tough decision...this or the electric?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perfect! I'll take one please, although not in that color.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring the RS!!! st is alright but lacks character...
      • 4 Years Ago

      Both Mazda AND Ford were making two of the better latter day medium-small cars (Previous 3 was a bit noisy but great price, options, safety, engine note, handling package with some nice visual style. Previous Euro Focus was a smooth, perhaps bland but very neat car with better NVH than the 3 but good quality feel to make it up.).

      Then they both hired identical twins seperated at birth who had the same genetic ability.

      Ugly-Stick Wielding, mastery of which is not surpassed on this planet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So the chances of getting a 3 door are slim-to-none like with the Fiesta? The fact that this ST has 5 doors is a real let down because I LOVE the rest of it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fair point and I wanted a 3dr Fiesta, but to be honest. Marriage and Children are the focus (no pun) in the next 2-5 years, so buying something like this makes sense (for me).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Aston Martin should have taken this car instead of the Toyota IQ as the basis for a small car. At least with this one, the grill doesn't need much work to change into an Aston Martin grill. Not to mention this isn't laughable.

      Other than that, nice car. The engine output seems ample. Keep going forward Ford.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fast, good handling, track-able, decent MPG, back seat for the kids, (likely) less than 25K; what's not to like?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I never thought id say this about a Ford, but the front looks like an Aston Martin
        • 4 Years Ago
        What's ironic is that the Aston Martins were heading towards the design they currently have while they were owned by Ford.

        Also, I disagree about this looking like an Aston.
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