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250-hp turbo Focus ST to debut

High-performance hatchback will be 1 of 3 models in U.S.

Scott Burgess / The Detroit News

The 2012 Ford Focus lineup will include a high-performance version of the automaker's first global vehicle.

The 2012 Focus ST will be unveiled Sept. 30 at the Paris Motor Show by Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally and Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO of Ford of Europe. All three versions of the Focus -- a sedan, hatchback and ST -- will be shown for the first time, Ford said in a news release.

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"The launch of the complete new Focus range, plus the global debut of the high-performance ST model, makes this Paris show not only very exciting for Ford, but also highly significant," Odell said in a statement released by Ford today.

U.S. Focus enthusiasts have been waiting nearly a decade for the return of a European-based Focus. When the Focus originally came to the United States, it was based on the European model, but through the years, the American version was cheapened.

The news of an ST version was well-received.

The muscular Focus ST four-door hatchback, which will feature a special version of the 2-liter four-cylinder Ecoboost engine, will boast about 250 turbocharged horsepower. Few other details were released about the vehicle other than its 2012 arrival date.

"This is the mythical unicorn for us," said Ron Myer, publisher of the Focus enthusiast website Focaljet.com, which has more than 250,000 visitors each month. "Everyone drools over the cars they have in Europe, and it's great to see they're bringing them here."

Not only is the European Focus coming to America, but it's Ford's first foray into a truly global vehicle -- meaning it's the same vehicle built around the world.

In the past, carmakers have tailored their vehicles for different markets and to meet different regulations, such as safety and environmental requirements.

But as carmakers continue to streamline operations, more are developing global vehicles that meet worldwide standards instead of just one region's.

The next-generation Focus, unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this year, is the first Ford to meet those global standards.

Ed Kim, a senior automotive analyst at AutoPacific, a marketing research and consulting firm in Tustin, Calif., said Ford's global approach with the Focus will pay dividends for American consumers.

"In the past, there was a disconnect for consumers because in the U.S., compact cars were considered the cheap entry-level vehicles. They were built to a price," Kim said. "In Europe, C segment cars are more in line with midsize cars here with higher grade of fit and finish."

By building the same car in America and Europe -- the Focus will be sold in 120 markets around the world -- Dearborn-based Ford should save money through economies of scale, Kim said. That should mean higher quality vehicles at moderate prices in the United States.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100915/AUTO01/9150325/1148/auto01/250-hp-turbo-Focus-ST-to-debut#ixzz0zbdsmhKj

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Faster Ford Focus due in '12

Performance version to be sold globally

BY BRENT SNAVELY

FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER

Ford is bringing its fast and flashy Focus ST, a performance version of the Ford Focus, to the U.S. in 2012 as part of a global launch of its all-new Focus.

Ford, which has already said it will introduce an all-new Ford Focus in the U.S. and around the globe early next year, confirmed for the first time Wednesday that it will also sell a performance version of the Focus globally.

In the U.S., the Focus ST will be built at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, where Ford also will build the sedan and hatchback versions of its all-new Focus.

The Focus is Ford's first truly global vehicle, and the company plans to produce 10 different cars, crossovers, minivans and SUVs off of the same platform with a goal of reaching 2 million in annual sales by 2012.

"Our big bet is customers will want the same Focus no matter where they live, whether it is in Shanghai or San Francisco," said Jim Farley, Ford's group vice president, global marketing.

Farley said other compact models that will be produced on the same platform will include the Ford Escape small SUV and the Ford Kuga, a small SUV sold in Europe.

Ford said the Focus ST, like the base model 2012 Ford Focus, will also be sold globally.

Ford declined to release expected performance details about the Focus ST, but the car is expected to be powered by a four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which uses a combination of turbocharging and direct fuel injection to improve power and fuel economy.

The 2010 Focus ST was powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine and hit 62 m.p.h. in 6.8 seconds. However, it was discontinued earlier this year because it didn't meet European emission standards.

With its new global platform, Ford has said it could also build the Focus RS, an even higher-level performance version of the Focus, in the U.S., if it determines there is demand for it.

Read more: Faster Ford Focus due in '12 | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20100915/BUSINESS0102/9150326/1210/business01/Faster-Ford-Focus-due-in-12#ixzz0zbjOoDXp

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2010 Paris Auto Show Preview: 2012 Ford Focus ST Confirmed For U.S.

By Nelson Ireson

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September 15th, 2010

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Ford is going global with the Focus, and by global, it means really global. That's right hot-hatch lovers, we're finally getting the Ford Focus ST right here on U.S. soil. The "early preview model" of the 2012 Focus ST hatchback will be on display September 30 at the Paris auto show. It will be joined by the sedan (revealed in Detroit this year) and wagon (revealed in Geneva) that complete the three-bodystyle global Focus family.

We knew it was coming, but we didn't know for sure it was coming to the U.S. Rated at 250PS, or about 247 horsepower in good old 'Merican units, the ST is the new range-topper, hinting that the even hairier RS may be out for the new generation. The 247 horses are squeezed out of a 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder, which delivers what Ford calls "an intoxicating cocktail of exhilarating performance and handling accompanied by an addictive sound."

Aside from those few details, the "Tangerine Scream" orange color and an on-sale date of early 2012, Ford is keeping the rest of the ST's specs under wraps. We only have another 15 days to wait for the official unveiling in Paris, but after years of envying the Europeans for their choice selection of Focus hatches, those 15 days may seem like a full model cycle.

Also coming to Paris this year will be the C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, the new Mondeo, and as mentioned earlier the sedan and wagon versions of the new Focus. All three Focus variants, including the standard hatch, will be coming to the U.S. starting in Early 2011.

Stay tuned for our Paris coverage live from the show floor, as we know these four images won't be enough to sate your appetite for five-door oval-badged go-fast.

[Ford]

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http://www.thecarconnection.com/marty-blog/1049358_2010-paris-auto-show-preview-2012-ford-focus-st-confirmed-for-u-s

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RANGE-TOPPING ECOBOOSTED 2012 FORD FOCUS ST REVEALED!

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Ford had previously promised a performance version of the upcoming and all-new Focus, but but stopped short of confirming what badge this hi-po model would wear.

We must speculate no more, as the Focus ST is coming to a dealer near you, whether you are in Europe, or for the first time, in the U.S. as well. Although the standard 2012 Focus will go on sale worldwide in early 2011, the ST model will arrive in early 2012 - with the full reveal set for September 30th at the Paris Motor Show.

The specs

Ford is holding on to many of the details for the end of the month, but for now we know to expect a EcoBoosted (turbocharged) 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, good for 247 horsepower. In terms of specs, that's all Ford has for us, but they did promise "an addictive sound" and "an intoxicating cocktail of exhilarating performance and handling," which sounds like a recipe for fun to us.

This new Focus ST will replace the outgoing model which utilized a less eco-friendly, and less powerful turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, which was also only good for 225 horsepower.

We do also know that the ST shown in the images is dawning an all-new color - Tangerine Scream - exclusive to the ST Focus. Ford did not specify if the vehicle will be available in other colors as well when it actually goes on sale.

Focusing on the significance of the next Focus

The 2012 Focus marks the first truly global product to be developed under Ford's ONE Ford product strategy. As a result, parts commonality is at 80 percent globally, and features a platform that will underpin at least 10 vehicles and an expected two-million global units of production by 2012.

The Focus ST is then of course the first high-performance model developed under its global Performance Vehicles strategy, making its success an important gauge for similarly minded future vehicles. If Americans truly want a Focus RS as badly as they say they do, the sales of the ST will likely play a key role in determining the possibility of an all-new Focus RS based on the latest platform.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/ford-focus-st.html

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2010 Paris Auto Show Preview: 2012 Ford Focus ST Confirmed For U.S.

By Nelson Ireson

Editor

September 15th, 2010

Ford is going global with the Focus, and by global, it means really global. That's right hot-hatch lovers, we're finally getting the Ford Focus ST right here on U.S. soil. The "early preview model" of the 2012 Focus ST hatchback will be on display September 30 at the Paris auto show. It will be joined by the sedan (revealed in Detroit this year) and wagon (revealed in Geneva) that complete the three-bodystyle global Focus family.

We knew it was coming, but we didn't know for sure it was coming to the U.S. Rated at 250PS, or about 247 horsepower in good old 'Merican units, the ST is the new range-topper, hinting that the even hairier RS may be out for the new generation. The 247 horses are squeezed out of a 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder, which delivers what Ford calls "an intoxicating cocktail of exhilarating performance and handling accompanied by an addictive sound."

Aside from those few details, the "Tangerine Scream" orange color and an on-sale date of early 2012, Ford is keeping the rest of the ST's specs under wraps. We only have another 15 days to wait for the official unveiling in Paris, but after years of envying the Europeans for their choice selection of Focus hatches, those 15 days may seem like a full model cycle.

Also coming to Paris this year will be the C-MAX and Grand C-MAX, the new Mondeo, and as mentioned earlier the sedan and wagon versions of the new Focus. All three Focus variants, including the standard hatch, will be coming to the U.S. starting in Early 2011.

Stay tuned for our Paris coverage live from the show floor, as we know these four images won't be enough to sate your appetite for five-door oval-badged go-fast.

[Ford]

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http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1049358_2010-paris-auto-show-preview-2012-ford-focus-st-confirmed-for-u-s

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Paris Preview: 247-hp 2012 Ford Focus ST set to go global

by Damon Lavrinc (RSS feed) on Sep 15th 2010 at 12:02AM

Earlier this year, Ford promised us a hotter version of the all-new Focus, and at this month's Paris Motor Show, the Blue Oval is sticking to its word.

The 2012 Ford Focus ST will be the brand's first high-performance model developed under the watchful eye of its global performance vehicle team, and while the hatch you see here is being billed as a "design study," make no mistake – this will form the basis of the ST coming to market in early 2012.

Power is provided by an EcoBoost 2.0-liter inline four churning out 247 turbocharged horsepower, and Ford promises that the ST's handling and aural delights will live up to the marque's performance heritage. FoMoCo also makes it clear that the ST is bound for "all global markets from early 2012" so those of us in the States should finally get a crack at what's traditionally been a Euro-only affair.

Joining the Focus ST in Paris will be the new Mondeo and C-Max, both powered by Ford's new range of fuel-efficient gasoline and diesel-powered drivetrains. Make the jump for the full details.

[source: Ford]

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HIGH PERFORMANCE ST TOPS NEW FORD FOCUS LINEUP FOR PARIS MOTOR SHOW LAUNCH

Exciting new next-generation Ford Focus gears up for Paris launch of full production-ready range of bodystyles, displayed together for the first time

Global reveal of new high-performance 250PS Focus ST for 2012 launch

New Mondeo and C-MAX ranges on show

Ford accelerates efforts to reduce CO2 emissions with high-efficiency ECOnetic technologies and Electrification feature displays

Cologne, September 15, 2010 – The exciting new next-generation Ford Focus range is the star attraction in Ford Motor Company's display at the 2010 Paris Motor Show on September 30.

For the first time, the complete global Ford Focus line-up of three production-ready dynamic bodystyles will be displayed together, providing customers with a full insight into this significant new model before it goes on sale in Europe and North America early in 2011.

Ford is also delivering on its promise to introduce a global performance version of the new Focus with a world premiere for the exciting flagship of the range, the muscular 250PS Focus ST. The dramatic new ST will launch in early 2012 and will be revealed on September 30 at the Ford stand by Alan Mulally, Ford's President and CEO, and Stephen Odell, Chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe.

First Global Product

The formal launch of the full production-ready Focus range in Paris is highly significant for Ford, as it signals the introduction of the first truly global product developed under the Company's ONE Ford strategy.

The Focus is Ford's most significant car range globally. Developed at Ford's Global Centre of Excellence for Small Cars in Germany, for sale in over 120 markets worldwide, the next-generation model is the most important Focus yet and is created from Ford Motor Company's new global C segment platform with up to 80 per cent parts commonality globally. This platform will underpin at least ten vehicles around the world and account for some two million units of annual production by 2012.

With the complete range of three bodystyles on display in Paris for the first time – sporty five-door, elegant four-door and stylish wagon – show goers will have an exclusive opportunity to see and experience the car's individual design and class leading technology first hand.

New Focus promises to be the smartest car in the C-segment and is packed with more affordable technologies and features than customers ever before in this segment, the next-generation Focus also offers customers the highest standards of quality and detailed craftsmanship, outstanding fuel economy, and takes the legendary Focus driving dynamics to a new level.

Previewing the exciting new Focus ST

At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Ford Motor Company's group vice president for Global Product Development, Derrick Kuzak, promised that an exciting new performance version of the next generation Ford Focus was in development.

At Paris, Ford is delivering on that promise by revealing an early preview model of the exciting next-generation Ford Focus ST. Targeted for launch in all global markets from early 2012, the all-new Ford Focus ST will be Ford's first high-performance model developed under its global Performance Vehicles strategy.

The new range-topping Focus – which features a unique 250PS version of the 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine – will be completely true to Ford's ST heritage, offering driving enthusiasts an intoxicating cocktail of exhilarating performance and handling accompanied by an addictive sound.

Visitors to the Paris display also cannot fail to notice the show car's highly distinctive sports exterior, which is finished in 'Tangerine Scream', a dramatic new body colour that reflects the new ST's exciting and energetic character.

New Mondeo and C-MAX on Display

Taking their place alongside the next-generation Focus family will be five-door and wagon versions of the new Mondeo range, which was previewed at the recent Moscow International Automobile Salon. The Paris show sees the debut of the ultra- low CO2 Mondeo ECOnetic version. The Ford stand also showcases the latest S- MAX and Galaxy models which were launched earlier in 2010.

The all-new Ford C-MAX and Grand C-MAX will be represented by high series Titanium models fitted with a Ford EcoBoost 1.6-litre 180 PS petrol engine and the updated 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel. Bringing new levels of style and desirability to the compact Multi-Activity Vehicle (MAV) market, the all-new Ford C-MAX is the first production model using Ford's exciting new global C-segment platform. The Grand C-MAX also goes on sale in North America in late 2011.

Lower CO2 Emissions Across the Ford Range

Ford is accelerating its efforts to minimise fuel consumption and CO2 emissions across its product range, and two important new entries to the Ford of Europe product portfolio are being displayed at Paris – the new Ford Mondeo ECOnetic and the Ford Ka with standard Ford Auto-Start-Stop system.

These new models follow the significant new developments which have already been introduced during 2010, including the launch of the new high-efficiency Ford EcoBoost turbocharged direct injection petrol engine family and completely updated versions of the powerful yet highly fuel-efficient Duratorq TDCi diesel engines.

Ford is also moving forward with its European electrification program and will be displaying for the first time the technology destined to drive its C-MAX plug-in hybrid vehicle, that will be produced at the Valencia plant in Spain and is due to go on sale in Europe in 2012. A version will also be sold in North America.

Along with the wider introduction of low-CO2 Ford ECOnetic Technologies such as Eco Mode and Smart Regenerative Charging, Ford of Europe is on track to surpass its goal of a 30 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions from its new vehicles by 2020, relative to a 2006 model year baseline.

"The launch of the complete new Focus range, plus the global debut of the high- performance ST model, makes this Paris Show not only very exciting for Ford, but also highly significant," said Stephen Odell, Chairman & CEO, Ford of Europe. "With the all-new C-MAX also on the Paris stand, along with the latest Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy models, it's clear that the pace of change within Ford remains as impressive as ever."

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http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/15/paris-preview-247-hp-2012-ford-focus-st-set-to-go-global/

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