Ford will be making available to enthusiasts around the world a dozen new performance-oriented vehicles over the next five years via its new global Ford Performance division.

Among the first will be the Focus RS – popularly acclaimed by hot-hatch lovers in the European market since 1968 – which is set to (finally) make its North American debut, Ford said.

Ford says they’ve seen a boom in their performance vehicles’ sales in recent years, and that cars like the Fiesta ST, Focus ST and Shelby GT350 specifically tend to draw in first-time Ford buyers and steal them away from other brands.

The Ford Performance division will unify the efforts of Ford’s formerly regionalized Ford Racing, Ford SVT and Team RS groups. The vehicles launched under the Ford Performance banner will be made available globally.

Ford unveiled its latest performance-oriented offering, the Shelby GT350 variant of its new Mustang, last month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. That car should hit Canadian showrooms next year.