• Ford Focus ST: Focus ST is powered by the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost¨ engine coupled with superb driving dynamics featuring a chassis capable of exceeding the expectations of even the most demanding enthusiast. (11/3/2011)

  • Ford Focus ST: Focus ST is powered by the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost� engine coupled with superb driving dynamics featuring a chassis capable of exceeding the expectations of even the most demanding enthusiast. (11/3/2011)
  • Ford Focus ST: The Focus ST is Ford's first truly global performance car, building on the heritage of previous models in Europe and giving drivers around the world the opportunity to share the exhilarating performance, excellent handling, addictive sound and sporty design the ST badge represents . (11/03/2011)
  • Ford Focus ST: The Focus ST is Ford's first truly global performance car, building on the heritage of previous models in Europe and giving drivers around the world the opportunity to share the exhilarating performance, excellent handling, addictive sound and sporty design the ST badge represents . (11/03/2011)
  • Ford Focus ST: The Focus ST is Ford's first truly global performance car, building on the heritage of previous models in Europe and giving drivers around the world the opportunity to share the exhilarating performance, excellent handling, addictive sound and sporty design the ST badge represents . (11/03/2011)
  • Ford Focus ST: The Focus ST is Ford's first truly global performance car, building on the heritage of previous models in Europe and giving drivers around the world the opportunity to share the exhilarating performance, excellent handling, addictive sound and sporty design the ST badge represents . (11/03/2011)

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Ford is recalling 6,308 units of the 2012 and 2013 Focus Electric and 2013 Focus ST that were fitted with HID headlights because a "wiring incompatibility" could keep the front side marker lights from working. A bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the recall should begin in the middle of this month, after which owners can take their cars to dealers to have the wiring assembly repaired free of charge.

We may have to make due with the Focus ST here in the United States (note: we are not complaining), but an even hotter version – the Focus RS – has historically been quite a hit in Europe. And according to a report in Auto Express, the next-generation RS should be one hot little number when it launches in 2014.

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