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Ford To Reveal High Performance Focus at Paris Auto Show

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On: Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 3:40PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Ford To Reveal High Performance Focus at Paris Auto Show

Ford is introducing a new concept in compact cars—the Ford Focus high performance version. The redesigned Focus will be sold only in the United States, according to Ford Motor Co. All in all, three 2010 model production-ready vehicles will be launched at the Paris motor show later in September. The three body styles Ford plans to unveil in Paris are a Focus five-door hatchback, four-door sedan, and a wagon.

The high performance Ford Focus is called the 250S Focus ST, a new model that will be launched in early 2012 as a 2013 year model. The 250S Focus ST will be equipped with a 250PS version of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. Currently the Focus RS is priced in the mid-$30,000 range.

The low-emission Mondeo ECOnetic and the mid-sized Mondeo 5 door sedan and wagon versions will also debut at the upcoming auto show in Paris. Mondeo is a model that is currently offered in Europe. Ford is considering a Lincoln version of the new redesigned Ford Mondeo, which will most likely be put into the MKS category based on Ford's D3 platform, which is shared with the current Ford Taurus and other vehicles.

The redesigned Ford C-MAX, a popular European people-mover redesigned for U.S. sale and production, is one of the new fuel-savers that Ford is adding to its lineup. The C-MAX is a 7-passenger compact minivan built on the same platform as the 2012 Focus. Both the C-MAX and Grand C-MAX will be displayed at Paris.

The C-MAX and Grand C-Max will both go on sale in the United States in the third quarter of 2011.

The Ford Focus high performance vehicles will be available for sale early next year with a projected sticker price of mid $20s.

After having just announced a C-Max hybrid and plug-in hybrid based on the new Focus plantform for the European market, Ford has now confirmed a seven-seat Grand C-Max for North America.

The Focus will be offered in more than 120 markets around the world, built on Ford's new compact car segment platform that entails at least 10 models sold worldwide, which are projected to account for as many as 2 million units sold annually by the year 2012, according to Ford.


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