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2013 Ford Shelby Focus ST Revealed

2013 Ford FocusFord unveiled the most recent addition to its Carroll Shelby lineup of vehicles at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI; and it’s not Mustang.

A souped up version of a 2013 Ford Focus ST has been given the honors of wearing the iconic nameplate, and it wears it well.  Powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder the Shelby Focus ST generates 252 horsepower, and if that’s not enough Ford has a performance tune in the works that could boost output by an additional 30-60 horsepower.  A photo gallery of the vehicle can be found online at Motor Trend.

“It’s something small with big power,” said Shelby American president John Luft. “You can certainly embarrass a lot of guys at the track.”

The Focus ST will be the first four-cylinder to adorn the Shelby name since Carroll Shelby himself put turbochargers in them in the 1980s, and his influence is still present in today’s 2013 Ford Shelby Focus ST.

“Carroll’s spirit lives on in every one of the cars we sell,” said Luft. “We produce the most power of any American production vehicle.”

New Ford Fusion Named Best in Show at NAIAS

The North American International Auto Show is always a place where automakers go to show off their most impressive new designs, far-out concepts, and advancements in technology.  With so much competition, it can be hard to impress.  However, Ford didn’t seem to have this problem at the 2012 show last week, thanks to the debut of the redesigned 2013 Fusion.  In fact, the new sedan was named “Best in Show” by AutoWeek.

Even AutoWeek was taken aback by their decision to choose an everyday sedan.  According to Editor Wes Raynal, “It’s very rare for a midsize sedan to win Best in Show. I think it’s the first of a lot of awards the Fusion is going to win this year.” And so far, he’s right.  The new Fusion also received EyesOn Design recognition from the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology during the show.

Aside from its sleek new design, other features that had onlookers craving more include impressive fuel economy predictions, thanks to EcoBoost technology and a hybrid model, Ford’s new Lane-Keeping System, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, and Ford’s BLIS with cross-traffic alert.  Even long-time Chief Creative Officer J Mays is excited, stating that “I’ve been with the company for 13 years and I can truly say this is the best car ever to come out of the design and engineering center in Dearborn. We are delighted for the entire global design team, because this really was a global effort.”

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