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Ford hots up, techs up new Focus

Ford unveils the next generation Focus at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

Ford Focus ST
The Ford Focus ST, tuned by Ford's European RS performance division, follows the new generation Focus into production. Wayne Cunningham/CNET

With its new Focus model, Ford gives us everything we want.

The Focus ST will thrill performance car fans. For years sport-tuned Focus models have been restricted to European markets, but the new Focus ST will see worldwide production. This European-designed model uses a direct-injection turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine to generate 246 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque.

We also got a look at the Focus' cabin tech, using the new MyFord interface. Focuses with this option get a 7-inch LCD, showing SD-card-based navigation, audio information, Bluetooth cell phone system, and climate control. Equipped with Sync, MyFord allows an extensive degree of voice command options. The car also comes with a built-in Wi-Fi network that can be connected through various means to the Internet, making the car a hot spot.

Finally, Ford is making a number of driver assistance features available. Blind-spot detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and automatic parallel parking are all features usually found only in luxury brands, but Ford is building them into the humble Focus.