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Review: 2012 Ford Focus Titanium

Blue Oval's All-New Compact Surprises With Maturity Ironically named little car, the Ford Focus. While you could surely argue we're drawing too literal a line between the car and its moniker, we have to chuckle a little when we recall just how far afield Ford drifted with its compact offering over the last several years. Suffice it to say that Ford lost its way somewhere after the original Focus was introduced as a so-called 'world car' back in 1999. At the time, the spunky Focus shared the same C170 platform no matter where in the world it was sold. Sadly, such platform sharing... Read More

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    Frankfurt: Ford Focus ST-R is ready for touring car battle
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    Ford sure is packing a hot hatch punch here at the Frankfurt Motor Show. First came the production-ready Focus ST five-door and Europe-only ST wagon, then came the pint-sized Fiesta ST concept, and finally, the automaker unveiled the Focus ST-R – a turn-key racecar available to order through the Ford Racing catalog. That's right – you can ...

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    Official: Ford reveals production 2012 Focus ST, shows off Euro-only Focus ST Wagon [UPDATE]
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    Hot hatch fans have been waiting patiently for Ford to officially reveal its new Focus ST. Well, stop waiting and start securing your deposit, because the Blue Oval brand has finally pulled back the sheet and peeled off the camouflage. The 2012 Ford Focus ST will makes its global debut at this week's 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and we've got all the ...

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    Frankfurt: Ford 1.0L EcoBoost three-cylinder finds a home in the Euro-spec Focus
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    Ford's EcoBoost offerings may have started off big and powerful, but the Blue Oval is quickly moving towards small and thrifty. Ford will soon offer its smallest turbocharged offering yet, as a new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder has been announced in advance of the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new EcoBoost engine will be available in the Ford Focus, C-Max and ...

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    Official: Ford teases new concept car among other Frankfurt debuts
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    We're inching ever closer to the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and automakers are beginning to tease us with the wares they'll have on display in Germany. Ford has announced that the company will show off a new "major new design concept" as well more details of a hopped-up version of the Focus. The reveals will take place on the manufacturer's largest-ever ...

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    CES 2011: Ford Focus Electric ready to steal the EV spotlight
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    The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf may have stolen the show for electric vehicles in 2010, but Ford is hoping to make big waves in 2011 with its first EV passenger car, the Focus Electric. The zero-emissions Focus hatchback makes its official debut at this year's Consumer Electronics Show and Ford says the car will officially launch at the end of 2011 ...

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    CES 2011: Ford Focus Electric ready to steal the EV spotlight
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    The Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf may have stolen the show for electric vehicles in 2010, but Ford is hoping to make big waves in 2011 with its first EV passenger car, the Focus Electric. The zero-emissions Focus hatchback makes its official debut at this year's Consumer Electronics Show and Ford says the car will officially launch at the end of 2011 ...

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    LA 2010: Hatch, sedan versions of 2012 Ford Focus debut
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    The all new Ford Focus five-door hatchback and four-door sedan have been unveiled at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. The projected 40 miles per gallon highway rating certainly makes it impressive, albeit just slightly less impressive than the Chevy Cruze Eco that's officially rated at 42 mpg highway. The improved aerodynamic design of the 2012 Focus (the ...

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    LA 2010: Focus Race Car Concept is the future of Ford racing
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    Ford has pulled the wraps off what it claims is a hint at its future global race car. The Ford Focus race car concept takes the standard 2012 Ford Focus hatchback and preps it nicely for full race duty. This includes gutting the interior, fitting a FIA-approved roll cage, strapping on AST performance coilovers with adjustable dampers and beefing up the ...

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    Paris 2010: 2012 Ford Focus ST hatches early
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    To say that American enthusiasts have been anxiously awaiting a properly hotted up version of Ford's European hatchback would be a gross understatement. And while we're still waiting for a proper Focus RS to hit our shores, we're certainly happy to see its little brother, the Focus ST, hit the showroom floor with promises of coming Stateside in 2012 ...

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    2012 Ford Focus: North America's version of global car in detail [w/video]
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    Ford has worked hard over the past few years to completely overhaul its entire model line. Recent product launches like the 2011 Mustang and Fiesta show that FoMoCo is committed to making class-leading vehicles, and the larger (ahem) focus on style, quality and packaging is nothing short of impressive. Perhaps the most important new car launch for Ford, ...

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    2012 Ford Focus ST details released ahead of world premiere in Paris
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    This is the 247-horsepower, turbocharged 2012 Ford Focus ST hatchback. It's coming to the United States. Watch your back, Volkswagen GTI. We've long lusted after the Ford Focus RS hot hatch sold in Europe, and while the ST is a slightly tamer version of the pocket-rocket RS, it still has plenty of kit to do battle with hot hatches the world over. The ...

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    Paris Preview: 247-hp 2012 Ford Focus ST set to go global
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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 ...

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    Paris preview: Ford confirms debut of "exciting performance" Focus concept
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    Just days ago, Ford confirmed that the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine found in the current Focus ST and RS would be discontinued due to its inability to meet Euro 5 emissions standards. This left us eagerly awaiting the announcement of a replacement model for Ford's hot hatch. Now, the word is out that Ford will debut the Focus ST's successor, at least ...

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    Report: The Ford Focus ST is dead, long live the Focus ST
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    The Euro 5 emissions standards have struck again, contributing to the (timely) death of the current generation Ford Focus ST. The ST is yet another high-powered Euro-only offering to meet its end at the hands of the upgraded emissions regs, joining the ranks of the recently axed Honda Civic Type-R, Mazda RX-8, V6-powered Alfa Brera and the 5.0-liter ...

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    Ford confirms global concept reveal at next month's Beijing Motor Show. So what is it?
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    Ford has a huge amount planned for its booth at next month's Beijing Motor Show, including technology displays of the 2011 Ford Edge with MyFordTouch, interactive demos highlighting the next-generation Ford Focus, two orange robots hawking EcoBoost, and the chance to meet a crash test dummy that will sing Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm demonstrate safety ...

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    Geneva 2010: 2012 Ford Focus Wagon is a stylish C-segment tease
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    We'll be honest – we're all pretty excited about the 2012 Ford Focus as it's set to add new levels of refinement and technology to the booming C-segment in the United States. And while we're pleased to see the return of the five-door hatchback, we'd be lying if we said we weren't a bit jealous that other markets will be getting this haul-ready ...

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    Report: Global 'high-performance' Ford Focus variant to spawn U.S. SVT version?
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    It may not be an earth-shattering revelation or anything – Ford's own Jost Capito said about as much a couple weeks back – but Ford has reportedly confirmed at the Geneva Motor Show that it is merging its European and American high-performance divisions into one unit. First up on The Blue Oval's hi-po radar will be a hotted-up version of the ...

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    Euro-Fords first to get four-cylinder EcoBoost this summer
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    Ford is expanding its EcoBoost engine strategy to Europe this summer with the introduction of 2.0-liter and 1.6-liter inline-four cylinder engines. The EcoBoost range of turbocharged and direct injected gasoline engines debuted last summer here in North America with the launch of the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 in the Ford Taurus SHO, Flex and Lincoln MKS and ...

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    2012 Ford Focus Wagon to be shown in Geneva
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    With the debut of the 2012 Focus Wagon at the Geneva Motor Show, Ford has reached the halfway point in the roll-out of its new C-segment platform. When Ford first announced the new C-Max and Grand C-Max at the Frankfurt Motor Show last fall, it said the C platform would eventually spawn at least 10 different variants. The two MPVs were joined by the ...

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    Euro-Fords first to get four-cylinder EcoBoost this summer
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    Ford is expanding its EcoBoost engine strategy to Europe this summer with the introduction of 2.0-liter and 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engines. The EcoBoost range of turbocharged and direct injected gasoline engines debuted last summer here in North America with the launch of the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 in the Ford Taurus SHO, Flex and Lincoln MKS and ...

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