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Byline: Tito F. Hermoso
Top speed: over 200 kilometers per hour. Zero to a 100 km/h: a little over nine seconds. Highway consumption of diesel: 19 to 22 km per liter. Six-speed automatic. Turbo-charged 2.0-liter. German car levels of safety with sports car electronic stability control standard at Asian compact car prices. For enthusiasts pining for BMWs and Audis, that's all they need to know to buy Ford's latest German-designed and Sta. Rosa-made Ford Focus "S" TDCi Power Shift.
After all the car testing that is a must for any bona fide car road test, the time was ripe to enjoy the car for one week's worth of simulated ownership. OK, all the high-tech upgrades of the instrument cluster and the engineer's delight - a very comprehensive, dummy-easy to use onboard …