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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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    Spy Shots: Ford Focus RS ready to make our hot hatch dreams real
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    Ford's current hot hatch siblings the Fiesta ST and Focus ST are already two pretty great entries into the segment, but there's always a desire for a little more. Thankfully, it looks like the Blue Oval is ready to satiate that need because it's continuing to test the even more powerful Focus RS around Europe. According to our spy shooters, these shots ...

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    Spy Shots: Ford spotted testing new Focus RS at the Nürburgring
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    Ford is expected to be launching a revised version of the Focus ST soon, but the latest snapshots from our spy photographers at the Nürburgring suggest that the Blue Oval is already working on an even more potent example: the new Focus RS. Though the partially disguised test mule is wearing an ST badge (along with a Dewey sticker that makes us ...

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    Spy Shots: 2016 Ford Focus RS mule spotted on US soil
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    Okay Ford, this is what we like to see. One of our intrepid spy photographers has captured a vehicle that we weren't even sure would see the light of day – the next Focus RS. While this is pretty clearly a mule based on the current Focus ST, as our spy points out, there are a number of giveaways about this hot hatch's true nature. Indication number ...

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    Spy Shots: Facelifted Ford Focus caught testing in the cold
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    It's that time in the life of the Ford Focus to get a little work done - a nip-tuck here, some Botox there. Yes, Ford is testing a facelifted version of its global C-segment entry, which first hit markets in Europe and North America in May 2011. Like the touchup on the Fiesta, expect Ford's gaping grille to make its first appearance on the Focus. Our spy ...

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    Spy Shots: Ford Focus ST caught cold-weather testing and track tuning
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    We saw the 2012 Ford Focus ST in the flesh at the 2010 Paris Auto Show, but at the time, the hot-hatch unveiled to the waiting press was merely a close-to-the-real-thing concept version. The production Focus ST should be arriving at an auto show in the near future. Apparently it's not quite ready, however, because our spy photographers managed to capture ...

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    Spy Shots: 2012 Ford Focus sedan and hatch caught, new spoiler spotted
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    The all-new Ford Focus made a pretty big splash when it debuted at the Detroit Auto Show this past January. The new car, which will be offered in both sedan and hatchback flavors, rides on the automaker's new global C-car platform, and the version that America gets won't be noticeably different from the European model. A good thing, as we've been crying ...

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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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    Spy Shots: Ford Focus C-Max caught testing
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    Ford is looking to bring over more C-segment crossovers from Europe to the US, and word has it that the people-hauling C-Max is toward the top of the list. The current C-Max would probably be sufficient for US duty in terms of size and performance, but with America's different legislative standards, if we get the Euro crossover Stateside it will likely ...

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    More Rendered Speculation: 2010 Ford Focus
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    Since the original was introduced, the Ford Focus – at least the American version – has gone downhill. The second-generation was as staid and boring as the first one was revolutionary, and the new third-generation model went off in the wrong direction, at least styling-wise. Meanwhile, the European versions have had us longing for inclusion. ...

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    Spy Shots: 2009 Mazda3
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    Brenda Priddy and her camera-wielding spies caught the new Mazda3 undergoing testing, and although the shots themselves don't provide much detail, per usual it's more than meets the eye. The hacked-up front end indicates that a new fascia is on the way, likely to conform with the automaker's penchant for swooped-back headlamps and larger fender blisters. ...

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    Rendered Speculation: Euro Ford Focus makeover
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    Despite the fact that the new Ford Focus will be revealed in just a few days, we couldn't resist showing you these renderings that show a more dynamic and sporty small car. Ford is doing well enough with the current Focus to not be forced to redesign the car, but with competition increasing in the small car market, a facelift was in order. Unlike the US ...

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    Rendered Speculation: Euro Focus hatches coupe
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    These rendered images of the next-generation Ford Focus for the European market are, to put it bluntly, painful to look at. That's not because the artist penned a dog, but rather because he or she gives us a glimpse of Ford's next-gen Focus in the form of a three-door coupe, not unlike the coupe version of the redesigned 2008 Focus that Ford will be selling ...

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    Spy Shots: 2008 Ford Focus
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    Okay, this is just plain defiant. Our friends over at Winding Road managed to snag the 2008 Focus out on a prowl. Don't go getting too excited, it's not platform-deep. Rather than walk their talk, Ford's decided to deny us the lauded C1-based Focus, choosing instead to update the near ten-year old US Focus. The coupe shows obvious signs of a deeper restyle ...

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    Spy Shots: Ford Focus RS
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    The Mecca for fans of all the world's cars procured some pics of the new Focus RS wearing Focus ST clothing. So how did Mr. Lehmann and his photogs identify it as the delectable RS variant? Noise and power.The all-wheel-drive, rally-inspired coupe blew past the shooter in a turbo-charged hurry, while one of the occupants gave the one-finger salute to the ...

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    Spy Shots: 2008 Ford Focus coupe and sedan
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    No, these aren't shots of Focus test mules running on the C1 platform that underpins the European Focus; we're still a long ways off from a true next-generation Focus. However, these shots do show the heavily refreshened Focus that will arrive for 2008 and guess what... there'll be a coupe version! While both the front and rear of the coupe and sedan are ...

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    Spy shots: 2008 Focus
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    Do you ever get the sensation that Ford doesn't like us? We've had, essentially, the same Focus since 1999. Save a few cosmetic enhancements, an engine swap and some dynamic tweaks, and it's the same product as 8 years ago. Well, it looks like more of the same in 2008.The new Focus will have limited changes overall, though the major change is the adoption ...

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    Spy Shots: 2008 Ford Focus
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    This is a pretty bad shot of a heavily camo'd 2008 Ford Focus taken with a camera phone. It's damn near impossible to see any changes, but we'd bet our last gallon of gas that there's a shiny three-bar chrome grille hiding under that covering. The 2008 MY Focus will likely see the last tweak before we (FINALLY) get a Focus based on the company's C1 platform ...

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