Rumors are a staple of the automotive industry. Secret specs are released; new designs are hinted at; and potential mergers are always talked about, even as the companies involved deny everything.
It’s rare now for the public to give credence to innuendo and unsubstantiated reports.
Ford, however, is giving everyone a reason to hope.
In 2015 a new Ford Focus RS is to be released. This claim, as made by Britain’s Autocar and North America’s Car and Driver, has been met with much enthusiasm. The Focus RS is among the top-selling cars worldwide, with drivers taking advantage of its fuel-efficient size and turbo-charged 2.5-liter engine. It’s an economical powerhouse.
It’s also, if the rumors are to be believed, finally coming to North America.
As of 2013 the Ford Focus RS has never officially been released in North America. It has instead been regulated to international markets, where the response has been unparalleled. This strategy is often cited as a way for Ford to decrease potential competition within its own ranks (the Mustang is the standard option for the United States and Canada).
The Focus RS is a hatchback, however, that would appeal to a different demographic. A competition between the two would be unlikely. Instead Ford would be able to reap the advantages of a diverse market by offering both the Focus and the Mustang.