Automaker Ford has confirmed that it will be putting a new high-performance Focus on the market in 2009.
The manufacturer assigned a specialist team to the vehicle, led by Jost Capito, who will become the Vehicle Line Director for the performance car side of the firm from next year.
Mr Capito commented that the hard work to get the model from the drawing board into production starts now, but added that he was enthused by early consultations.
He said: "We have reviewed our technical options and worked closely with the Design team on how the car might look and I’m very excited by the results."
The Ford Focus was originally launched by the firm in Europe in 1998, being released in Australia four years later.
Considered a successor to the Ford Escort, the model was the biggest-selling vehicle in the world in 2001 and 2002.