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While it's been rumored for some time now that Ford will eventually bring the Euro-Focus over to the States, we now have official confirmation and even a time frame. Ford's product chief, Derrick Kuzak, made the announcement during the SAE World Congress in Detroit.

According to Kuzak, the next-generation Ford Focus will be a global vehicle and will ride on the C1 platform -- the same that underpins the current European Ford Focus, and cars like the Mazda 3 and 5, Volvo C30, S40 and V50 here in North America.

Kuzak also says that about 87 percent of the parts for the next-generation car will come from Ford's global parts bin -- a move that will reduce costs and further globalize Ford's engineering efforts.

The good news is that because the Focus will now be a global car, we could see the hotter Focus RS and ST for sale here in the States. The downside is that the new car isn't slated to make its debut until 2010 or 2011.