• Feb 20th 2007 at 3:31PM
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The Ford Fiesta name might not raise a lot of excitement in the American market, conjuring up as it does images of pathetically underpowered golf karts that pale next to other Ford products sold here like the Mustang and F-Series trucks. But in Europe, the Fiesta is one of Ford's top-selling cars. England's Car magazine reports that Ford sold over 100,000 Fiestas just in the UK last year, some 30,000 more than its nearest rival. Superminis are big business for Ford of Europe, which intends to keep it that way with the anticipated launch of the replacement for the current car, which has been on the market for five years already.

We can't tell much about the styling from this test mule, caught while undergoing cold-weather testing in Scandinavia, wearing body panels from the current version. But expect it to follow along Ford's latest global "kinetic" design direction, as seen on the new Mondeo and previewed by the Iosis concepts. Also expect a small increase in size thanks to the new B-class platform it will share with the Mazda2, but nothing to mess with the success of the current Fiesta.

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Under the hood, Ford will offer a wide range of gasoline four-bangers in 1.3, 1.6 and 1.8-liter increments. Two diesel fours (1.4 and 1.6 liters) come out of a partnership with PSA Peugeot-Citroen, the French auto group that everyone seems to be in bed with these days. Hot hatches are a big deal in the Old World, and Ford's not about to back down from that fight, punching back with an anticipated 1.6-liter turbo with 170 horsepower in some sort of Fiesta RS-type package.

Part of the mechanical components will come courtesy of the Ford global parts bin, Frankensteining from the new Mazda 2 and the Ford Ka being developed in conjunction with the Fiat 500. The Fiesta will also come packed with everything from stability control to Bluetooth connectivity and airbags galore when it launches early next year, with delivery following in summer 2008.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      They should totally call it an Escort instead of a Fiesta. I don't think the Festiva is too endearing of a car for a lot of the American public, and maybe Fiesta is too close in name to Festiva for Ford to want to draw a connection.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #2 and #3 The Festiva was a Korean (Kia)assembled Mazda 121 design. Considering that the new car is really a Mazda2 under the skin and not a full Germany design, Festiva would be more appropriate.

      The Festiva was a great car and there are still many on the roads here in PA.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It looks like a nice car. As long as they do not "Americanize" it I think it would be a seller. I do not have any faith that the US arm of Ford could do it. They don't seem to have a clue about what car buyers want.
      • 8 Years Ago
      There was a silver Fiesta in front of me today in traffic here in Dearborn. It's a sharp car. And it's too bad they dont sell them here. Maybe Mullaly will force Ford's management to pull their heads out of there asses and force them to bring it here.
      richard Palovani
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with #3 "find a reasonable heritage name to attach to this item when the bring it to the US".
      Call it the PINTO.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I guess it is ok, since we are supposed to get the Brazilian market EcoSport mini-style suv
      • 8 Years Ago
      Calling it a Pinto might no be a bad idea. They could give it some kitchy retro packaging and hype it up kind of like the MINI but with a 70's nostalgia flair in leiu of the 60's.

      • 8 Years Ago
      there no increase in horse power in an aspire because its the same exact motor as the festiva.the aspire is the new festiva with airbags
      • 8 Years Ago
      i live in pa and have 4 festivas.all street legal.there great.i have one that smokes hondas and acuras all day long.im near lansdale,norristown.people get mad at festiva when you pass them even if there is plenty of room to pass.they feel violated.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I remember the Festiva being particularly awful. I hope that they come up with a new name or find a reasonable heritage name to attach to this item when the bring it to the US. Fiesta = OK, Festiva sounds like an infection.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I drove one of the current Fiestas, a 1.4 liter 4 door, in Tuscany for a week. I loved that little car. I drove it on the autostrada, on little back roads, in cities and small towns. If Ford sold it here I'd buy it tomorrow.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Fiesta of the late 1970's was an awesome car. Great handling, high build (fit & finish) quality, excellent fuel mileage, and reliable. The 1990's Festiva was also a great little car (which is why Consumer Reports loved it). Not all of us need (another) Mustang or F-Series truck. Bring the Fiesta to the U.S.
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