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2012 Ford Focus Wagon [Live image update]

Ford might have unveiled its 2012 Focus sedan and five-door hatchback earlier this year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but the Michigan automaker waited until the Geneva Motor Show to debut a traditional wagon version of the new platform.

Yesterday, Ford's group vice president, global product development, Derrick Kuzak, announced both the wagon and that Ford is already hard at work developing what will become the first truly global performance Focus.

Yet it was only the wagon that took to the stage in Geneva. Looking very much like a downsized Mondeo wagon from some angles, the Focus represents a large portion of the compact wagon market in Europe.

The C-segment in Europe comprises five million annual units - with the wagon comprising roughly one-third of those sales. In some countries, like Germany and Italy, wagons make up over half of the market share.

It appears as if the Focus wagon will be staying out of North America, likely due to the sub-4 percent share of Focus sales last time it was offered stateside.

The model on display in Geneva was merely a mock up; it lacked an interior and showed some minor detailing in the lights that could be changed before production begins.

Performance-oriented Focus coming
The entire Focus product range will be gaining Ford developed torque vectoring - intended to increase application of power to the road, reducing understeer and improving turn in. Kuzak also reiterated that the next Focus will use 80 percent part commonality across all major markets - improving upon the 60 percent commonality rating of the global 2011 Ford Fiesta.

Speaking of the performance model, Kuzak said, "We can't reveal any more about the new Focus performance model just yet, but I can tell you that this vehicle will feature EcoBoost engine technology. It will be exciting to drive and it will be great to look at. It will be developed under our new global performance vehicle DNA and led by someone you all know well, Jost Capito."

Capito was recently appointed head of the now singular Ford performance team, although he was formerly the head of Europe's RS team. Leftlane recently reported on comments by Capito that suggested a future Focus RS was a possibility for U.S. consumers, but we also believe that the first global performance Focus will likely come wearing a Focus ST badge and will feature a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine. The Focus ST would slot above a normal Focus and below a potential future Focus RS.