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Ford News: Ford Plans A Focus ST Diesel.. For Europe

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The elephant in the room with diesel hot hatches is the Volkswagen GTD, but another automaker wants to give it a run for its money. Auto Express reports that Ford is planning a Focus ST with a diesel heart. Mark Fields, Ford’s chief operating officer made the announcement at a dinner during the Geneva Motor Show.

The Focus ST Diesel will utilize a 2.0L four-cylinder diesel with 182 horsepower. The engine can hit 60 MPH in eight seconds or so. The diesel model will feature the same suspension and steering tune as the standard ST.

No word on a release date, but the model will be for Europe only.

Source: Auto Express

William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.


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Again another short sighted vision from Ford. They do not think Americans would be interested in a high performance oil burner?

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But I thought Europe had tighter emissions than us now?

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Not for diesel. That is why the urea comes into picture.

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I was waiting for some smart ass like me to come in here and ask if they were going to follow the VW naming logic and call it the Ford Focus STD but apparently I am the only one with a juvenile mentality around here. lol

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I was waiting for some smart ass like me to come in here and ask if they were going to follow the VW naming logic and call it the Ford Focus STD but apparently I am the only one with a juvenile mentality around here. lol

NAWWWWW, we were more focused on the amount of Jokes we could make about urea! ;)

Not for diesel. That is why the urea comes into picture.

Good to know, I thought Europe also was requiring Urea injection to cut down emissions.

You would think they would realize the good for the world and the lowered cost by building one standard world wide.

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Euro 6 is as stringent as US emissions requirements. It's just that demand for a manual transmission "hot" hatchback that does 0-60 in 8+ seconds is extremely low in the US, where gasoline is only $4/gallon.

Cruze Diesel has not been selling well. Now imagine the demand for one where only 10% of the US motoring population can drive it.

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Empowah, please show us sales figures for the Cruze diesel. I am keenly interested because of the upcoming Colorado diesel. I hope GM doesn't get cold feet about selling the baby Duramax in their new pickup if the Cruze does not meet expectations.

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Empowah, please show us sales figures for the Cruze diesel. I am keenly interested because of the upcoming Colorado diesel. I hope GM doesn't get cold feet about selling the baby Duramax in their new pickup if the Cruze does not meet expectations.

Not sure how they are getting the sales figures but this site breaks out when you read the details by month for electric, hybrid and diesel sales. seems the last 5 months the Cruze diesel has been averaging about 500 sales a month.

http://www.hybridcars.com/market-dashboard/

Over all not a bad start for a diesel that went general availability in Sept of 2013 and start in June with a select 19 markets only. So they went from 187 sales to averaging 500. That is good, yes half of their goal for 1000 a month but being new, they need to hang in there and they will build the sales.

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Euro 6 is as stringent as US emissions requirements. It's just that demand for a manual transmission "hot" hatchback that does 0-60 in 8+ seconds is extremely low in the US, where gasoline is only $4/gallon.

Cruze Diesel has not been selling well. Now imagine the demand for one where only 10% of the US motoring population can drive it.

EU 6 doesn't go into effect till September 2014. But in 2017, EPA will leapfrog the EU emissions again.

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Yes, GM needs an ad blitzkreig with the Cruze D. The car has excellent potential and is a good car.

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