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 |  Jun 26 2014, 7:09 PM

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The Ford Focus ST has been redesigned for the 2015 model year.

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 |  Jun 23 2014, 4:35 PM

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The updated 2015 Ford Focus ST will debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this week sporting a new diesel powertrain. 

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10 Cars and 10 Laps at Road America

Driving impressions from the MAMA Spring Rally

 |  May 23 2014, 1:50 PM

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Track testing a car is one of the true joys of the job, but winding out 10 cars in one morning makes for a special day indeed.

And that’s just what we had the chance to do this week at one of America’s premiere regional events for auto journalists. Each year the Midwest Automotive Media Association holds its Spring Rally at one of the most impressive tracks in the country: Road America.

With over 90 different cars available to test, at least two dozen were available to be evaluated on the impressive and intimidating 4.048 mile track. Here are a few initial impressions from 10 different cars we were able to test, ranging from a Mazda3 to a Mercedes E63 AMG.

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 |  Apr 09 2014, 9:27 AM

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A new Ford Focus ST will be revealed later this year following the debut of its domesticated sibling in New York.

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 |  Mar 08 2014, 11:01 AM

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The Ford Focus ST will be getting a diesel variant according to Mark Fields, Ford’s chief operating officer.

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 |  Nov 10 2013, 11:17 AM

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The Focus ST isn’t just a success at embarrassing other front-drive performance cars, it’s also accomplishing big things for Ford in other areas.

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 |  Nov 07 2013, 11:26 AM

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Ford made a big splash last year in the hot-hatch segment with the introduction of the Ford Focus ST, and if the 2013 SEMA show is any indication, the aftermarket has really embraced the sporty hatchback.

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 |  Nov 05 2013, 5:48 PM

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Maybe it’s a sign of changing times, or maybe it’s just that the current Mustang is really old and about to be replaced, but at this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas Ford’s pocket rockets are outshining its muscle car contingent in both numbers and excitement.

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 |  Jul 31 2013, 5:01 PM

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Buyers who decide to pickup a new Ford Focus ST or Fiesta ST will now be treated to a free driving school courtesy of Ford. 

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 |  May 26 2013, 12:01 PM

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Each week, we recap the most popular videos from AutoGuide‘s YouTube channel just in case all seven days passed you by and you missed out. This past week, fans of hot hatches are getting their fix with AutoGuide‘s video pitting the 2013 Ford Focus ST against the 2013 Mazdaspeed3.

2013 Ford Focus ST vs 2013 Mazdaspeed3

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2014 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2013 Toyota RAV4 Comparison

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2013 Toyota Camry vs 2013 Honda Accord

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 |  May 21 2013, 11:02 AM

AutoGuide Five-Point Inspection


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Ten years ago the so called “tuner scene” was in full affect. Every manufacturer wanted a piece of this compact performance pie and the possibilities seemed endless for consumers. But, like any automotive trend, time moves on, tastes change and only a handful of hopped up economy cars remain.

That didn’t deter Ford. After years of hot editions of the Focus in Europe, the maker finally brought the fire-breathing Focus ST States-side. Not only that, but pricing has been kept in check as well with the ST starting at $24,495.

After week behind the wheel, the ST proved it isn’t just a vast improvement over a regular Focus, but quite possibly ready to redefine the hot hatch segment. Here are five reasons why.

 |  May 19 2013, 12:01 PM

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Each week, we recap the most popular videos from AutoGuide‘s YouTube channel just in case all seven days passed you by and you missed out. This past week, AutoGuide had a little fun putting two hot hatches in a shootout – the Ford Focus ST and the Mazdaspeed3. Which one prevailed?

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 |  May 03 2013, 2:31 PM

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Ah to be young again. AutoGuide’s nationally recognized, board-certified Oracles remember their youth vividly… it was terrible. People often say age is just a number and you’re only as old as you feel, unfortunately they were born wearing elastic-waist jeans and Science Olympiad fanny packs. Gingivitis arrived when they were in middle school.

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 |  Apr 26 2013, 9:31 AM

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The Ford Focus ST is an amazing handling machine, being incredibly unique amongst front drivers for its ability to rotate the rear end. More than just chassis tuning, however, the Focus ST has a secret.

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 |  Feb 04 2013, 6:32 PM

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Interested in nabbing yourself a future collectible? Hagerty Insurance specializes in classic cars and is predicting the top 10 most collectible cars of 2013 that are under $100,000.

Listed based on the vehicle’s MSRP, the Ford Focus ST kicks off the list in the number-10 spot with a starting price of $23,700. Powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine with 252 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, the American automaker’s hot hatch is an undeniable bargain at under $25,000. Hagerty believes its performance and price will make it an attractive collectible in years to come.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Ford Focus ST Review – Video

 |  Nov 28 2012, 12:49 PM

Ford just pulled the sheet off the Fiesta ST at the 2012 L.A. Auto Show, showing off a subcompact packed with performance. 

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 |  Nov 26 2012, 12:45 PM

Ken Block, a Ford endorsed racer tweeted photos of an upcoming “ST” car from the brand on Monday, which is almost certainly the all-new Ford Fiesta ST.

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 |  Nov 16 2012, 5:02 PM

Recently, the official Shelby facebook page teased the photo above, and reports surfaced of the next-generation Ford Focus RS. Put them together, and it looks like a new Focus RS could be on its way. 

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 |  Oct 25 2012, 6:54 PM

Hosting its annual week-long Test Fest, the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada has announced its picks for Car of the Year in 11 categories with the Cadillac ATS and Ford Focus ST, among others, taking awards.

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 |  Oct 16 2012, 7:00 AM

Joining the custom Ford Fusions that are heading to this year’s SEMA Show, will be five custom Ford Focus STs built by Tanner Foust Racing, Bojix Design, M&J Enterprise, Galpin Auto Sports and Steeda Autosports.

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 |  Aug 02 2012, 8:01 AM

To help promote the launch of the brad’s new hot hatch, Ford has released the first in a series of YouTube short films titled “Focus ST Sessions.”

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 |  Jul 17 2012, 7:15 PM

The Ford Focus ST is coming to American dealerships in September, and ahead of its launch the blue oval is releasing a series of videos called “Focus ST Sessions” which showcase the car going head-to-head with its competitors.

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 |  Jul 08 2012, 11:01 AM

Shopping for a new car, curious what’s about to hit the market or just looking for a good read on a Sunday? We’ve compiled a list of the top five most read new car reviews this week on AutoGuide.com.

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 |  Jun 04 2012, 4:32 PM

Last month, Ford made a call out to its fans to help film its new Focus ST commercial on the streets of Key West, Florida.

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