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2019 Ford Focus Active Wagon

2019 Ford Focus Active Wagon

A Rugged hatch without all-wheel drive

Ford offers an array of Focus-derived variants of its latest generation compact hatch that include the base model, a sporty looking ST Line, a posh Vignale and a high-riding Active. All are available as practical wagons, and the Active is no exception, arguably making more sense to buy as a wagon than the standard hatch.

The Focus Active tourer (and the regular hatch too) sit 30 millimeters higher on its suspension compared to the standard model and features plastic body cladding for a more rugged overall appearance. Front and rear bumpers are different too, as is the grille which gets its own unique design.

This is Ford’s response to similar models from other automakers, like the Skoda Octavia Scout or VW Golf Alltrack, although unlike these models, Ford doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

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2019 Ford Focus ST

2019 Ford Focus ST

Likely to arrive by the end of 2018

After seven successful years on the market, the third-generation Ford Focus was replaced by a brand-new hatchback. Although it’s too early to say whether the new model will be as successful as its predecessor, it has many features to brag about, starting with a new platform that will underpin several Ford vehicles in the future. It also boasts a sportier exterior, new tech inside the cabin, and a revised engine lineup. With the standard Focus on its way to dealerships as of 2018, it’s time to talk about the RS model. The performance-oriented model might arrive by the end of the year and rumors and renderings are already making headlines on the internet.

Ford’s very own competitor for the all-popular Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Focus ST will benefit from all the cool features of the new Focus, but it will receive a few extra features inside and out. The sportier exterior with more aggressive cues will be joined by an exclusive interior, while its engine will provide the most power in an ST model yet. Until the next-generation Focus RS arrives, the ST will sit at the top of the range in terms of performance and pricing. Let’s take a closer look at what we already know about this car in the speculative review below.

Update 8/15/2018: The next-gen Ford Focus ST prototype has finally been caught on camera. Check out our special spy shot section below to check it out for yourself.

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2019 Ford Mondeo

2019 Ford Mondeo

The Blue Oval’s world car is still going strong

The Ford Mondeo is spending a lot of time in front of the cameras these days. After being spotted frolicking in the snow in Sweden a few months ago, the Mondeo is back doing test runs, this time in the friendlier climate of Southern Europe. It’s also a different body type — it’s a wagon! — than the Mondeo prototype a few months ago, but the location of the camouflage remains the same, so the front and rear sections are still matters of speculation. Still, we get a good look at the Mondeo wagon’s entire body, giving us an indication of what to expect when it comes out.

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2019 Ford Focus

2019 Ford Focus

The new Focus succeeds where the last models have failed

The Ford Focus has finally entered its fourth generation, and it brings a lot of change in terms of design, comfort, and economy. It comes complete with a largely revamped interior and loads of new technology; not to mention a range of new engines that are more powerful and more efficient. As usual, the new Focus will call Europe (and China) home first, before coming to the United States for the 2019 model year.

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2018 Ford Fiesta Active

2018 Ford Fiesta Active

More ground clearance, rugged looks

After almost 10 years on the market, the sixth-generation Ford Fiesta was finally discontinued in 2017, making way for a brand-new model with a fresh and sportier design. The new Fiesta also brought new technology on the table, as well as revised engines and an ST model powered by a three-cylinder unit. Come 2018 and Ford added a new member to the Fiesta family, this time around in the form of a crossover-styled model called Active. The Fiesta Active joins the Ka+ Active, a similar version of the smaller Ka+ hatchback launched earlier in 2018.

Designed for a small niche that used to include the Volkswagen CrossPolo — a model that is no longer available — the Fiesta Active will share the market with the Hyundai i20 Active. Essentially a hatchback with increase ground clearance and crossover-style cladding, the Fiesta Active is aimed at customers who want the benefits of crossover but still need a compact car that’s easy to drive and park inside the city. A bit more rugged on the outside, the Fiesta Active shares its technology and drivetrains with the standard hatchback, although certain differences are noticeable in every department. But more about that in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Fiesta Active.

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2017 Ford Focus ST by Blood Type Racing

2017 Ford Focus ST by Blood Type Racing

Race-inspired hatchback with drone landing pad!

Launched in 2012, the latest Focus ST was the company’s range-topping hatchback until the RS model arrived for the 2016 model year. Although the ST was revised for 2015, the drivetrain remained unchanged, as did performance. As a result, the Focus ST lost its place under the spotlight as soon as the Focus RS made its entrance. Fortunately, several tuning companies are still offering upgrades for the ST, which remains an important model in the lineup despite being some five years old as of 2017. Blood Type Racing is one of those companies, and it just unveiled a flashy package for the 2017 SEMA Show.

Described as a concept that combines "lifestyle elements of moving images with motorsports," Blood Type Racing’s Focus ST boasts several upgrades inside and out, as well as under the hood. And while the aero kit is heavily based on modern racing, the wheel design and the paint remind of flashy vehicles you usually see in the Fast & Furious franchise. What’s more, the hatchback sports a roof rack and a custom landing pad for drones. A rather awkward package for what sort of elements it combines, but more than suitable for an event like the SEMA Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Focus ST by Blood Type Racing.

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2018 Ford Fiesta ST

2018 Ford Fiesta ST

The company’s first performance car with a three-cylinder engine!

The seventh-generation Ford Fiesta was launched in the summer of 2016 and arrived in dealerships for the 2017 model year. It’s been less than a year since the new hatchback broke cover, and Ford already launched the performance-oriented ST version. Unveiled ahead of the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the new hot-hatch sports the same styling language as the standard model, but boasts a more aggressive exterior package and an interior that stands out by means of badge-specific features and extra standard equipment.

The ST was also redesigned under the hood, where the previous four-cylinder engine was replaced by a three-pot unit. The new ST also features three drive modes, a first for the nameplate, and various modification to the chassis. “Our next generation Fiesta ST is true to the philosophy of delivering cutting-edge technology to enhance every facet of the responsive Ford Performance chassis and powertrain,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “With selectable Drive Modes and an all-new EcoBoost engine delivering an unprecedented combination of performance and fuel-efficiency, the new model will deliver the most versatile, fun, engaging and rewarding Fiesta ST driving experience yet.”

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Fiesta ST.

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2018 Ford EcoSport

2018 Ford EcoSport

Ford enters the subcompact SUV segment with the Ford EcoBoost

SUVs and crossovers are big business here in the U.S., which is why just about every automaker here has a handful of models that range from compact to excessively large. Ford currently has a total of six SUVs in its lineup if you count the Transit Connect, but that lineup is about to get a new, miniature addition to the family to the form of the Ford EcoSport. Offered with either a 1.0-liter three-cylinder or a 2.0-liter four-banger, this little SUV should have a fair amount of power to go with lots of optional features. There will be a total of four trim levels, all of which have a side-hinged rear hatch and can be had in no fewer than 10 exterior colors. When you add in things like the seven different ambient lighting choices, intelligent 4WD (on some models,) and the Sync 3 infotainment system into the mix, you get a pretty solid package for an SUV that’s small enough that it doesn’t look like it belongs in the fuel-hungry United States.

Something I really liked about Ford is that it didn’t buy into the subcompact SUV market, but it’s only fair to at least give EcoSport a chance. Maybe it will find itself right at home here in the U.S. After all, the subcompact SUV segment is really hopping these days with models like the Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, and the Buick Encore all being fan favorites. Then you’ve got the Jeep Renegade, Chevy Trax, Nissan Juke, Subaru Crosstrek, and even the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport all trying to get their fair share of the pie too. Even if the EcoSport doesn’t become a fan favorite, it sure will be fun to sit back and watch it duke it out in this overcrowded segment.

With that said, do you think the EcoSport has what it takes to stick it to all of the heavy competition and come out on top? Well, let’s take a good look at it and how it stacks up to see what it’s really working with.

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2017 Ford Fiesta

2017 Ford Fiesta

Ford finally announces some details about the new Fiesta

The current generation Ford Fiesta has been around since 2008, with a mild facelift happening for the 2014 model year. That means it’s about time for Ford to usher in a new generation, and now Ford has finally spilled the beans on what the new Fiesta will bring to the table. At launch, there will be four variants available that include a sporty ST model, a more luxurious Vignale model, the Titanium Model, and – believe it or not – a Fiesta Active that includes features like protective body cladding and raised suspension. But, wait there’s more. The new fiesta features some new assistance features like pedestrian protection and active park assist, is the first Ford to feature a B&O Play sound system, and comes with Fords Sync3 infotainment system with screens that range up to a maximum of eight inches. On the drivetrain front, there’s a new 1.0-liter EcoBoost and a 1.5-liter Diesel to go with a new six-speed manual transmission and electronic torque vectoring control.

Over in Europe, the Fiesta resides in a segment known as “supermini,” and the competition in this segment is huge. Models like the Volkswagen Polo Hatchback and Mazda 2 Hatchback offer excessive style and an awesome driving experience that’s really hard to beat. The upgrades that come with the seventh-gen Fiesta should help it stay on top of the over populated and constantly growing segment. And, the best part is that with so many variants available at launch, there is a model for just about anybody – even if you’re someone who fancies taking your little hatch over slightly rougher terrain.

With that said, let’s take a seat in the new Fiesta and go over all the funky details.

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2016 Ford Fiesta ST Le Mans 50th Anniversary Edition

2016 Ford Fiesta ST Le Mans 50th Anniversary Edition

Ford does a little something more to celebrate the anniversary of that legendary Le Mans win back in 1966

It was 50 years ago that the original GT40 secured a win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and this year Ford is returning to France hoping to secure another historic win with the new Ford GT. Returning to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the new Ford GT isn’t the only way the company is celebrating that win 50 years ago, though. Now, the company is releasing special-edition versions for the Ford Focus ST, Ford Focus RS, and the Ford Mustang. The car’s feature a distinguishing black livery with gray racing stripes, are being built specifically for the French market, and will be only be produced in 50 examples each.

If you can recall back that far, the Ford GT40 MkII that was driving by B. McLaren and C. Amon back in 1966 also featured the same black finish with gray racing stripes. Outside of the exterior livery, each car is equipped with the standard engine offered for their respective base models and are available with a few options to make them even better. With that said, let’s take a look at the Fiesta ST Le Mans 50th Anniversary Edition and what helps to make it so special.

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2017 Ford Fiesta ST200

2017 Ford Fiesta ST200

It’s not an RS, but it’s the next best thing.

Just last month at the launch of the new Ford Focus RS, CarAdvice reported that Ford Performance’s Chief Engineer, Tyrone Johnson, said that a Ford Fiesta RS was definitely not in any of Ford’s plans for the future. It was quite a bummer to hear, but that was before we heard about the vehicle you see here – the Ford Fiesta ST200. That’s right, Ford didn’t make an RS variant of the Fiesta, but it did come out with a high-performance model of the little hot hatch.

The Fiesta ST hit the market in 2013 with a power output of 179 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque from its 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. The ST200 that is set to debut in Geneva is said to produce 10 percent more power and 20 percent more torque than the Fiesta ST. However, that isn’t all that comes with the ST200. It also comes with an exciting list of features not available on other Fiesta models.

Raj Nair, Ford’s Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, said, “Whether it’s the new Fiesta ST200, or our game-changing all-new Focus RS, or the groundbreaking Ford GT supercar, our Ford Performance offering has never been so strong. Ford’s EcoBoost engine technology has enabled a Ford Performance model to suit every budget and lifestyle.” And Joe Bakaj, Ford Europe’s VP of product development, even said he thinks the new Fiesta ST200 is a “classic in the making.”

So will the ST200 live up to the hype that comes with this preview leading up to its debut at the Geneva Auto Show? Well, we won’t know until deliveries start in the summer, but we can take a closer look at it to see what sets it apart from the Fiesta ST.

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2016 Ford Focus Black & Red Editions

2016 Ford Focus Black & Red Editions

Automakers perform studies all of the time, normally to determine how consumers view a certain product or how consumers feel a product could improve. Ford, however, has commissioned a different study of the psychological type. In this case, the study was commissioned to help the company better understand the link between car color choice and personality. As one might expect, there is a huge difference when you break down the results based on gender.

Ford’s study determined that men who prefer red cars are generally more organized, while those who take to dark blue cars are more conservative. Men who like silver, well they easily remain calm under stress. When it comes to women, those colors mean practically nothing – showing few, if any, character traits. So now, you’re probably asking yourself just why we’re talking about personality and character traits, right? Well, there is a good reason.

During the study, it was found that black and red were in the top four color choices of men and women. It was found that combinations of these two colors appealed to those that are drawn to situations that get the adrenaline pumping, regardless of gender. With that information in hand, Ford put together a couple of two-tone schemes for the Ford Focus, dubbing the resulting cars the Focus Red Edition and Focus Black Edition. Keep reading to find out more about these two cars and what Ford did to make them worthy of special attention.

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2015 Ford Focus Hatchback – Driven

2015 Ford Focus Hatchback – Driven

The Ford Focus has been around since the turn of the millennium when the bug-eyed first generation car debuted in North America for the 2000 model year. Since then, the Focus has become one of the most popular C-segment vehicles in the country. Beyond our borders, the Focus has conquered nearly every land, becoming one of the best-selling nameplates in the automotive business. Needless to say, the Focus is a big seller for Ford.

As the 2015 model year approached, Ford gave the Focus, now in its third generation, a welcomed refresh. The new corporate grille and slimline headlights give the Focus a more aggressive appearance, while interior enhancements brought increases levels of comfort and upgraded technology. These updates replaced the Focus’ first global design. Before the 2011 model year, the Focus wore different bodywork between the U.S. and European markets.

So what’s the 2015 Focus all about? Well after spending a week behind the wheel of a five-door hatchback version powered by the 2.0-liter four-cylinder, it boils down to an economical, yet fun car that’s no penalty box to drive. Its upscale looks help it stand out, especially coated in this “Race Red” hue. Keep reading for more.

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2016 Ford C-Max Energi

2016 Ford C-Max Energi

It has become pretty clear that here in America, we like people to know when we do something good for the environment. It is arguably why the Toyota Prius has done so well, as it can’t be confused for a gas-only vehicle. Ford decided to take that to heart here in the U.S., by releasing the hybrid and plug-in C-Max. The model itself is available in Europe with gasoline- and diesel-only power plants, but not on this side of the drink.

The C-Max has actually be around since 2003 in Europe, but until it got a facelift in 2007, it was known as the Ford Focus C-Max. The name change came when ford decided it wanted to have a “Max” branded line of multi-purpose vehicles. We first saw the Plug-in energy back in 2011 and the North American International Auto Show, and it was finally launched for the 2013 model year as five-seater. Initially there was to be a seven-seater variant here in the U.S., but those plans were eventually canceled before the car’s official launch.

The 2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi are practically the same in most aspects, but the Energi has a much larger battery pack than its hybrid brethren – allowing it to achieve electric-only operation and higher fuel economy numbers. Let’s take a deeper look at the 2016 Ford C-Max Energi.

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2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid

2016 Ford C-Max Hybrid

The reality of the market for hybrid cars in North America is that dedicated hybrid models tend to do significantly better than hybrids that share a body with a conventional version of the car. The idea of conspicuous conservation has been around for a long time, but in 2010 it was given the nickname “the Prius effect” in a paper by economists Sexton and Sexton. This is effectively saying that the Prius sells so well because it can’t be confused for a non-hybrid, and is therefore an effective way to communicate to those around you that you’re doing something good for the environment. This is why, when Ford wanted a hybrid to go up against the Prius, it wasn’t just a hybridized Focus, it was the dedicated hybrid C-Max.

The C-Max is actually a European model that is offered with gasoline and diesel options elsewhere in the world, but Ford wisely chose to keep it as a hybrid/plug-in model (the plug-in will get its own review, we’re focusing on the hybrid here) for North America. Since it is a primarily European car, the updates that just debuted for the car actually debuted about a year ago across the pond, so we already know them to be good.

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2016 Ford Focus Electric

2016 Ford Focus Electric

The battery-powered Ford Focus has been something of a dark horse in the burgeoning electric-vehicle market. It arrived on the scene in 2012 ahead of the Volkswagen eGolf and Kia Soul EV, but its low-key styling seems to have ensured that it’s stayed out of the alt-fuel spotlight. Even Ford’s hybrids and plug-in hybrids have maintained a higher profile. It’s like Ford just isn’t interested in the car.

The Focus Electric is a solid performer, though, and Ford seems intent on keeping up with the competition. Like the eGolf, it’s notable for maintaining the same entertaining performance and handling as the gasoline-powered version. This and other mainstream electric vehicles are notable because they’re the leading edge of a wave of evolution that’s normalizing electric cars. In the next few years, battery-powered cars are likely to be as casually owned and driven as hybrids are today. Cars like the relatively mundane Focus Electric, which receives a wider range of standard features and new colors for 2016, are making gasoline-free motoring more accessible.

The electric Focus received a price cut in 2014, and gets another for 2016, making it one of the most affordable mainstream electric cars. Whether it’s well-loved by its manufacturer or not, it is a player in the electric-car game.

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2012 Ford Kuga

2012 Ford Kuga

The Ford Kuga has been trekking the globe since 2007 in markets from Europe and South Africa to South America and Japan. But for 2012, the second generation Kuga rolled out for the world market. If you’re reading this in the U.S., the Kuga should look very familiar. The 2013 to present Escape is based on the Kuga. Its underpinnings and design are identical, while things like powertrain and option packaging have some differences.

The Kuga shares many of the updates the U.S.-spec Escape enjoys, including the hands-free automatic tailgate, the Microsoft SYNC system, and a power-release feature on the folding second-row seats.

Ford knew in development the Kuga and Escape would be sold the world over, so special attention was paid to the styling. Chris Bird, Ford of Europe’s design director, said the Kuga was meant to appeal to the wide variety of markets it would be sold in. “Great design can turn an object that you need to have, into an object you love,” he said. “That is why we put so much thought and feeling into cars like Kuga, making them appealing and relevant no matter where our customers are.”

He goes on to say size perception differs from region to region. “More customers in Europe and Asia now choose compact SUVs as an alternative to conventional niche products like coupes. In North America there is a growing trend to downsize, but our customers there still want to combine style and space, so it’s important to get that balance.”

So let’s check out how the second-generation Kuga stacks up.

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Ford Focus ST by Mountune

Ford Focus ST by Mountune

Formed in 1980 as an automotive engineering company specializing in preparing race-spec engines, Mountune has been updating Focus and Fiesta hatchbacks for European customers for quite a few years now. In 2013, the aftermarket tuning brand announced plans to set up shop in California to provide high-performance and racing parts for Ford vehicles here in the U.S. Two years have passed since then and 2015 Ford Focus ST owners now have access to a performance upgrade specifically developed for the hot-hatch.

While this is great news for owners looking to add more oomph to their Focus STs, Mountune claims that the new kit is not just about increasing performance. According to the company, the parts were designed for maximum reliability as well, which isn’t surprising considering Mountune’s experience in the racing world, where reliability is paramount.

“The 2015 Focus ST MP275 upgrade is the latest addition to Ford Performance’s vast Focus and Fiesta performance catalog that gives enthusiasts the components they need to take their car to the next level,” said Adam Gair, product manager at Ford Performance.

The upgrade is available now for 2015 model-year hatchbacks and joins the 2013/2014 Focus ST power kit in the company’s current offerings. And it’s more affordable than the previous bundle too!

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2016 Ford Focus RS Forza Motorsport Edition

2016 Ford Focus RS Forza Motorsport Edition

The third-generation 2016 Ford Focus RS arrived with a bang at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, as the first RS to feature all-wheel-drive, torque vectoring, and a Mustang-sourced engine. Now, Ford has unveiled the Focus RS Forza Motorsport Edition, a hot-hatch featuring an exterior designed by players of the Forza Motorsport racing game.

Though its name suggests a special-edition series, the Forza Motorsport Edition is actually a one-off model showcased at a special Microsoft event ahead of the 2015 Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. The unique hot-hatch was introduced by The Stig from BBC’s Top Gear, who will also be featured in the new Forza Motorsport 6.

The new Focus RS is one of the many Fords to be featured in Forza Motorsport 6. Others include the 2016 Ford GT, 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang and 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor.

"In Forza Motorsport 6, racing and gaming enthusiasts all over the world will be the first to experience Ford’s new ultra-high-performance supercar, the Ford GT,” said Dan Greenawalt, creative director at Turn 10 Studios. "In Cologne we’re excited to showcase the real all-new Focus RS clad in a special paint scheme created by the Forza community. During Gamescom, gamers will also get to see the Forza Motorsport 6 cover-car Ford GT in person," he added.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ford Focus RS Forza Motorsport Edition.

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