It comes as no surprise when Ford says that 32-percent of Focus ST buyers are under 35, but we weren't expecting this: the average annual salary of Focus ST buyers is $127,000. Twenty-two percent of non-ST Focus buyers are under 35, while their average annual salary is $67,000.

We like the Focus ST because it has 252 horsepower, is genuinely fun to drive and offers great value for performance-minded car enthusiasts; facts that are not lost on customers, it seems. Ford says that the Focus ST has the highest percentage of conquest sales for a non-hybrid model it sells, and that the top-four trade-ins are from Honda, Chevrolet, Mazda and Toyota. Demand for the hot Focus is strongest in Los Angeles, Detroit, Houston and Orlando.

"[The Focus ST is] having this kind of halo effect for other vehicles we'd hoped for when we invested in the ST brand," says John Felice, vice president of US marketing, sales and service, because it's helping to boost sales of other Ford vehicles.

Take a look at the press release below to read more about the trickle-down effects of the ST brand.
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- In its first year of sales, Focus ST achieves highest competitive conquest rate of all non-hybrid vehicles
- 32 percent of buyers under 35 years old, compared with 22 percent for Focus overall
- Average household income for Focus ST is $127,000 annually, compared with $67,000 for non-ST Focus and $107,000 for Ford brand overall
- Biggest ST markets are Detroit, Los Angeles, Houston and Orlando

Focus ST is showing signs of success in bringing younger, more affluent customers into Ford showrooms as the car and the Ford ST performance brand mark one year in the market.

Through October, U.S. sales of the Focus ST since launch are just under 12,000 units, with demand strongest in Detroit, Los Angeles, Houston and Orlando. Among those buyers, nearly two-thirds, or 65 percent, traded in a non-Ford vehicle to buy their car – the highest percentage of conquest sales for a non-hybrid vehicle among all Ford cars and trucks. The most traded-in brands: Honda, Chevrolet, Mazda and Toyota.

In addition, many Focus ST buyers are young, with 32 percent under 35, compared with 22 percent of non-ST Focus owners. And they have higher incomes, with an average annual salary of $127,000, compared with $67,000 for non-ST Focus customers.

The Focus ST is helping to boost sales of other Ford models, drawing customers to showrooms who then buy a different Ford model, most often a Fusion sedan or Escape utility, said John Felice, vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service, citing anecdotal evidence from dealers.

"It's having the kind of halo effect for other vehicles we'd hoped for when we invested in the ST brand," said Felice. "We continue to build through word-of-mouth and terrific reviews. As an affordable high-performance vehicle that can serve double duty as a daily driver, it has no equal."

Ford recently launched the Fiesta ST, the second vehicle in its ST lineup. With a 197-horsepower 1.6-liter EcoBoost® engine and EPA-estimated highway mileage rating of 35 mpg, Fiesta ST essentially has no direct competition in its price range.

Focus ST, Ford's first global performance car, integrates advanced and sport-oriented technologies previously unavailable to North American customers. The combination of these technologies into a refined yet high-performance sport compact elevates the category and further cements Focus as the most complete compact car range sold in North America.

Part of the buying experience for both Focus ST and Fiesta ST owners is complimentary precision driving instruction at Miller Motorsports Park in Toole, Utah; the exclusive experience includes classroom instruction as well as karting and autocross driving lessons from Miller's professional instructors.

Focus ST offers Recaro® sport seats, unique 18-inch Y-spoke ST wheels, dual-zone climate control, Xenon headlights and leather appointments throughout the cabin. Its superior chassis rigidity aids the suspension in providing a firm, but quiet and controlled ride. The instrument cluster features ST-unique sport gauges with red needle pointers to monitor turbo boost, oil pressure and oil temperature levels.

Advanced technology such as available SYNC® with MyFord Touch® are available for Focus ST, along with a Sony® Audio System, HD Radio™ and 10-speaker surround sound.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      Translation: people who understand the appeal of hatchbacks and hot hatches tend to be more intelligent.
      • 1 Year Ago
      There are well to do smart ppl out there who don't want to pay more than $30k for a car, and couldn't care less if they are supposed to impress others with their car purchases.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well this seems like more proof that bringing the next Focus RS to America would be good idea.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      >>>"[The Focus ST is] having this kind of halo effect for other vehicles we'd hoped for when we invested in the ST brand," says John Felice, vice president of US marketing, sales and service. Clearly, this guy gets it. Quick, someone put him in charge of Lincoln. PLEASE.
      Alston N.
      • 1 Year Ago
      "[The Focus ST is] having this kind of halo effect for other vehicles we'd hoped for when we invested in the ST brand," says John Felice, vice president of US marketing, sales and service, because it's helping to boost sales of other Ford vehicles. Ummm hello... What about Lincoln brand with a halo car?
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't know why this is so surprising. Some people like performance cars but don't want to spend a lot of money.
        • 1 Year Ago
        I make about the average they've listed, as does my wife, and my next car will be a GTI. Like the ST, it's more than enough performance to enjoy on US don't need 500HP to enjoy yourself when the speed limit is 35.
      Storm Invictus
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interestingly enough, I know of two different people who have a Raptor as their fun 'weekend toy', and a Focus ST as their 'daily driver'. They both individually make about $125k a year. I can't say that I argue with their logic. If I had money to throw around and could afford payments on two high performance vehicles, that's actually a shockingly practical combination. You can still haul stuff with the Raptor, and the Focus has the hatch practicality.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I find it funny that ford is aware of the "halo" effect, yet licoln never produces a halo car or truck. Give me a real cts V, m5 competitor by lincoln and i'd probably buy it. It's not like they have to design and engine, just pull it from the gt500. Unfortunately they won't and eventually i'll be driving a GM vehicle because of it.
      • 1 Year Ago
      They finally learned what Subaru knew years ago. The WRX helped many of us see Subaru in a different light. Same thing I suppose that Ford is noticing with Focus. Finally!
      • 1 Year Ago
      I consider myself affluent and earn an above average income for my age, and I was VERY close to buying a Focus ST. Ended up going with a WRX for a handful of reasons, but I would have been just as happy with the ST. Really great car. Incredibly fun to drive. The Ford dealer where I test drove it only employs ********, though.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hot hatches are seen as todays practical muscle car. Big power, small car. The older guys love them once they get a chance to drive one. Add to it that in the snow belt you can throw a set of snow tires on and drive it year round while getting decent mileage and it really starts to make a lot of sense. Hot hatches are certainly gaining ground here in the states. Its really no surprise that people in that pay bracket like these cars for the value they represent.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you ever needed a clear sign that Ford is reaching a new level of classy, this is it. They've outpaced their domestics rivals the last few years in terms of aesthetics by a long shot alone, not to mention outright function!
        • 1 Year Ago
        I agree except their rear seats have no room. Once their rear seat room all their cars is fixed, they're golden.
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