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Ford hots up, techs up new Focus

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

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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.