Ford Focus ST Is Hot, Hot, Hot
U.S. automaker rolls out its all-new Focus lineup.
Ford unveiled its all-new Focus lineup today here at the Paris Motor Show, and it's impressive. Every variant of the crucial new family car is on display, including a 5-door hatchback, an estate and a rather Ford Mondeo-like 4-door saloon.
But it's the all-new Focus ST that's getting all of the attention. With its bright Tangerine Scream paint, the ST looks the business — lithe and sporty — and we absolutely love the central-exit twin exhausts.
Inside are loads of ST cues, and the racy dash-top dial gauges have been carried over from the previous model.
Under the hood lies a 250-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo engine. It's a shame it won't arrive stateside until 2012.
Focus on Facebook
Ford also announced that the new Focus is to be launched worldwide via Facebook, the popular social networking site. One hundred Facebook users will win the opportunity to drive the new car before everyone else. They'll come to Europe in early 2011 to preview the new vehicle over two days and then share their experiences with other Facebook fans.
The initiative is called Global Drive and will begin right after the Paris Motor Show.
The Focus isn't the only car lineup on the Ford stand. The new C-Max and Grand C-Max, for instance, are also on hand. MSN Cars UK recently drove these vehicles and was especially impressed by the torquey and refined EcoBoost engine.
There's ample future "green" stuff, too. In 2013, the C-Max plug-in hybrid will go on sale.
Ford has committed to launching five electric models by 2013; an electric Focus will be coming next year, too. The company is keen not to get left behind by rivals such as Toyota.
Not that it's all green stuff. The covers were also pulled off the new Ford Fiesta RS WRC rally car, set for the special stage next year. It uses the 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo engine and looks sensational. Here's hoping it leads to a Fiesta RS road car, too.