The Ford Focus is a compact car made by Ford. It was originally a European model while the US had to settle for the Ford Laser based Ford Escort. It was released in the US one year later in 1999. The original Focus is considered a triumph of engineering, with its smooth ride and surprisingly good handling. For some reason Europe got an all new Focus in 2004, but the US just got a refresh of the original. For 2010 Ford again reunited the European and US models with the third generation.
The Focus SVT is the sport compact version of the regular Focus. It was built by Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT) to compete with rice rockets like the Honda Civic Si. In unbiased media tests it always beat the competition.