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The Ford Focus ST Diesel promises hot hatch performance with better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions to European customers. But does it? Ford has staged a skewed, one-lap battle around the Castle Combe Circuit with the diesel- and gasoline-fueled versions of the ST to find out.

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GM's 8.4M Recall, 2015 Ford Focus ST Diesel, M235i Bests 911

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If you're in the market for a hot hatch, there are some excellent choices at your disposal – especially if you live in Europe. But if you want a diesel, well, your choices become rather more limited. Volkswagen tends to that niche market with the Golf GTD (essentially an oil-burning version of the GTI available Stateside), but that's about the extent of it. The pleas of those looking for more diesel-burning hot hatch choices haven't fallen on deaf ears at Ford, with the Blue Oval not only

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A few years back, Volkswagen made some waves when it announced the Golf GTD - a diesel-powered car that, aside from its ultra-efficient, ultra-torquey engine, was identical to the gas-powered GTI. That meant cosseting sport seats, larger wheels, sportier suspension, larger brakes and a body kit that made the GTD indistinguishable from the GTI, except for the three little letters on the back and in the grille.

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