About the discounts for Ford employees, I'm not sure about that one, my guess is as good as yours. If you're lucky neough to even find an ST170 that is.
They seem to be offering some pretty good discounts on Zetec and surprisingly you can negotiate a good deal. I managed to get a Manual Zetec 2 door with VDC AdvanceTrac for about 27800 on road, that's a saving of about 3-4000 off RRP. I did trade in an older car which probably meant I would have got a slightly better deal without trade in ( coz they usually take a good portion off the shine of a new car deal by giving you a shit trade in price) and the actual discount itself was due to buying the car under national lease plan with an extra $500 discount chucked in to bring it down to 27800 or thereabouts. The sad thing is I bought it before the real discounts came in, so 6 months later, nowadays, I think it's probably pretty easy to either scure yourself a free kit and wheels OR a really good discount. Depends how well you negotiate.
As for the serious mods, I've already installed ST170 clear side indicators, had my engine computer upgraded with the latest settings which were recalibrated from July 1 for very slight power increase and I have installed a K & N Filter in the original filter box. Those alone are just a very small pat on the bum for the Zetec which after 12000kms has also loosened up nicely to become very free revving and happy. The following are my next mods...
1 - Hitech Muffler $880 in Sydney, gives a good 6/7 kW gain (and that's just the muffler, not the actual head-back system which with a diameter increase may indeed add a few more kW's.
2 - Powerchip for $880 also, the Gold upgrade can be calibrated from the stock 96kW to a more healthy top end 108kW
3 - The rest is just a dream, but for some good info, there's a great sydney guy doing up Foci with some well known Euro and US parts, visit his website at http://www.infocusmotorsport.com.au/
Having seen his little 2 Door Zetec conversion, let me assure you it's VERY VERY nice in the metal, much more so than in the pics.
Why do I know so much? I love my Focus and only want the best for it!!!! Details also about joining a soon to be created Focus club are on his website.