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While we certainly support tightening emissions standards, it pains us to see that automakers are consistently axing some of their most potent models because they fail to meet upcoming regulations. Just last week, the 2.0-liter Honda Civic Type-R fell victim to Europe's looming Euro 5 standard. Now, we can add the infamous 2.5-liter, turbocharged five-cylinder Ford Focus ST to the list of stellar compacts that will be axed due to its failure to meet Euro 5 standards, which must be met by all new cars starting in January.
Whereas Honda has yet to confirm whether or not we will see a next-generation Civic Type-R, Ford is expected to debut the ST's successor at the Paris Motor Show this October. While we're certain that Ford's next-gen Focus ST won't utilize the current Volvo-derived five-cylinder mill, much of the other details still remain under wraps. Rumors suggest that the all-new ST could debut packing a turbo'd 2.0-liter four paired up with a dual-clutch gearbox and funneling at least 200 horsepower to the front wheels. If true, Ford's all-new ST should prove to be a worthy successor, which'll help dry the tears.