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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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    Detroit 2010: Next-gen Ford Focus a C-segment savior [w/video]
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    It's taken far too long, but an all-new Ford Focus has arrived and we've just seen it in the metal here at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. Complete with a new platform, new engine, some shapely sheetmetal and a host of tech, this new Focus that we'll finally be sharing with Europe and the rest of the world promises to set a new bar for the small car ...

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    Detroit 2010: Ford reveals new Focus, hybrid and PHEV coming in 2012
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    At Ford's press conference this morning at the Detroit Auto Show, the new 2012 Focus was rolled out publicly for the first time anywhere. We have a full report on the new compact here, but product development VP Derrick Kuzak and Chairman Bill Ford dropped a couple of new details. Kuzak made it official that after the Focus launches with the new ...

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    Next-Gen Ford Focus unveiled! U.S. and Euro models finally united
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    As we begin 2010, it looks like the compact C-segment is shaping up to be one of the most highly competitve segments in the auto industry. The Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, VW Golf and Jetta, along with the new Chevrolet Cruze are fighting for the hearts, minds and dollars of the masses. And then there's the Ford Focus. This week in Detroit, Ford is ...

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    Detroit 2010: 2012 Ford Focus Electric could be both sedan and hatch
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    We have a full run-down on the all-new 2011 Ford Focus elsewhere today, but there is one aspect of the car that Ford officials declined to discuss in very much detail at our preview just before Christmas, the upcoming EV. One thing we did learn for certain from spokeswoman Jennifer Moore is that it will officially be badged as the Focus Electric when it ...

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    LA 2009: Ford Focus BEV update
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    The Ford Focus BEV is getting a lot of action. Versions of the all-electric sedan are spending time on the Jay Leno Show smashing into (cardboard cut outs) of Al Gore and Ed Begley, Jr. It's also making the rounds of auto shows and promotional events around the country. Starting next year, the car will also be available to a small number of drivers in ...

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    SEMA 2009: The rest of the best at the Ford display
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    SEMA is an interesting show. We go in knowing full well that 60-75% of the cars we'll be walking past and/or covering are just trash. Sorry if this bombshell offends anyone, but your Chrysler 300C doesn't need 26-inch hoops, nor seventy gallons of sparkle orange paint. Or diamonds. But, as Doyle Brunson might say if he covered cars instead of being the ...

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    All new 2011 Ford Focus to debut at Detroit Auto Show
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    The wait for an all-new Ford Focus in North America will soon be over as Ford has announced that it will debut the car at the Detroit Auto Show in January. The Detroit festivities will mark the global debut of the new global Focus that will be sold here, Europe and the rest of the world. The Ford Focus shares its platform with the C-Max and Grand C-Max ...

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    Ford will sell 10 models on new C-segment platform
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    This week's Frankfurt Motor Show marks the beginning of a new generation of Ford's new C-segment platform with the debut of the new C-Max and Grand C-Max MAVs. According to Ford, over the course of the next few years this new global compact platform will spawn as many as 10 different vehicle variants around the world. In addition to the two C-Max ...

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    Spy Shots: Next Ford Focus mules caught testing
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    The next Ford Focus is being prepared in sedan and wagon formats, and the first mules have been caught. Judging from what we see here and what we've already heard, the coming Focus will take its design cues from the Iosis-Max concept shown at Geneva last month. One thing we didn't see on the Iosis-Max, however, was the high-rise stance the Focus mule is ...

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    Geneva 2009: Ford's next Focus, the iosis Max now with EcoBoost!
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    Ford is preparing to make a major shift to smaller cars over the next few years, starting with the new Fiesta at the end of this year and the new European-based Focus next year. When that next-generation Focus lands in the U.S., it is expected to look a lot like the concept that Ford is showing in Geneva this week. The shape and styling details of the ...

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    Geneva 2009: Ford's next Focus, the Iosis-Max
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    Ford didn't bother with a press conference in Geneva, but it did reveal a very important concept in the city by the lake. The Iosis Max is billed as a preview of Ford's next generation C-Segment car, also known in Europe as the Focus. In 2011, the Focus is getting a redesign and going global, and the Iosis Max is a clear indication of where Ford is going ...

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    Most important vehicle of 2009 Detroit show? I pick the Focus EV mule
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    There's been a lot of discussion in recent days about which debut was the most significant vehicle of this year's Detroit Auto Show. Most of the attention is, of course, paid to the new third-generation Toyota Prius or the Honda Insight. While both of these are important in their own way, I don't think either is the most important. The Prius is a natural ...

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    ABG Quick Drive: Ford Focus EV mule [w/VIDEO]
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    As Ford was getting ready to make its big announcement this week in Detroit that it would build and sell a battery electric car beginning in 2011, I got a call asking if I'd like to come down and drive one of the development "mules." Being loathe to reject such opportunities, we immediately worked on squeezing it into the busy auto show schedule. Right ...

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    Detroit preview: Ford's electric line-up might include a Focus EV
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    We're all pretty aware that this year's Detroit Auto Show will be a more somber event than in previous years. Still, drastically reduced sales and a sour economy won't stop everything in its tracks. Chrysler, for example, will bring an electric car (possibly a four-door Dodge coupe). What's Ford got? We're not sure yet, but on the heels of the lauded Fusion ...

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    SEMA 2008: Ford stacks the ballot with concepts for election day
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    What recession? Perhaps anticipating the euphoria that will follow the end to the seemingly decades-long Presidential race today, Ford decided to throw a huge tuner party at SEMA this year, and they invited ALL of their friends. The Ford booth always houses a bunch of tuned blue ovals, but they generally tend to be grouped around a central vehicle. Last ...

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    Paris 2008: Live shots of the Ford Focus RS
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    Ford's new Focus RS has made its second European debut and we've managed to snag some live shots of the new car on the stand. Covered in Ultra Green paint as it is, we could hardly miss it. The new hue is meant to be "a modern interpretation of the 1970's Ford Le Mans Green." In that case, perhaps it should be called Grabber Green? Powered by a ...

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    Officially Official: 2009 Ford Focus RS
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the new Focus RSYesterday brought the sneak peek, but today we've got the real deal. The new Ford Focus RS is is mean and green (we mean that in the literal sense, thanks to its killer-looking paint color), and it will make its debut at this month's London Motor Show. While the RS is still under development, the car ...

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    Let the leakage begin: Ford Focus RS concept
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    Click either image for a high-res gallery of the Ford Focus RS.We've been teased twice and now we finally get our first unmasked glimpse of the Ford Focus RS concept, due to debut at the London Motor Show next month. Images of the gaudy green hatch have begun to surface on a few sites across the pond, and the aggressive body work and racy interior mean that ...

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    2009 Focus RS info emerges after internet leaks
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    Click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Ford Focus RSIn the magical lands where the Focus looks cool, otherwise known as Europe, new images of the hotrod 2009 Focus RS have had enthusiasts atwitter the last few days. While the images are clearly 'chops - the wheels and backgrounds look like they're in high speed motion, while the tire tread is ...

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    Top Gear renders the Focus RS
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    The arrival of the production version of the Focus RS won't be happening until 2009, but during the London Motor Show in July, we'll get our first glimpse of Ford's newest road rocket. Top Gear conjured up some unofficial renderings of what the new RS would look like based on the teaser image that was released earlier this year, and by all accounts, it's ...

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