it's a shame that ford only sells it's hot focus models in europe. they are more like the mazda3 and mazdaspeed3 than the rather mundane U.S. focus. the platform that the mazda3 uses is closely related to the volvo c30 platform, hence the proposed 300hp turbo inline-5 cylinder engine for the euro-only focus RS.
we only had a glimpse of a true sporty hatchback car with the svt focus, which doesn't hold a candle to the new RS.
maybe one day drivers here will realize that size alone doesn't justify the price of an excellent automobile. power, fun, and fuel efficiency CAN be had all at once, but not at 4000lbs, like the new breed of pony cars will be weighing in at. and certainly not at 6000lbs, like most suv's.