Apparently the new Focus has been crash tested and driven a lot.
I've been saving up, keeping costs low, and I think that by this time next year, I'll have a good downpayment ready for the 2012 ST. My current Focus gave the previous owner no problems, and *knock wood* it hasn't given me any serious issues either. It's 11 years old this year.
Ford seems to be all about the new Focus. It's the centerpiece at car shows and they're taking design elements from it and applying it to their other vehicles. I trust the new Focus will be everything we hope it is. Besides, it'll come out a year after the current Focus, giving Ford some time to tweak it if necessary.
Only thing I'm worried about is that price tag.