With a North American launch looming, Ford has announced the 2012 Focus will feature standard torque vectoring control.

While this isn't uncommon in high-performance vehicles, the system will be class-exclusive in the United States. It works by applying slight brake pressure to the inside front wheel, so more torque goes to the outside wheel. This results in "additional traction, better grip and improved handling."

According to Rick Bolt, program manager for the Ford Focus, "Torque vectoring control elevates the dynamic capability of the entire Focus model range, from an S series sedan through a Titanium Sport Package hatchback. Because torque vectoring control is on all our Focus models, it will elevate skill sets across a broad range of drivers."