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Ford of Europe chairman Lewis Booth confirmed today that the next-generation Ford Fiesta for the European market will be brought to us folks in small car-starved North America. In truth, we're not actually starved for small cars in North America, we're just starved for good small cars like the Ford Fiesta and other European B-class models. The current model is well received in its native market, while the next generation model will be based off of the same platform used by the new Mazda2 that's being debuted publicly for the first time in Geneva tomorrow. The question remains whether Ford will substantially alter the design of the Euro model before it makes its transatlantic voyage, but considering how little money Ford has to spare, as well as how good the current designs are coming out of Ford Europe, we'd guess the models will be very similar.

Booth also commented that platform sharing between Ford's North American and European operations could extend all the way up to the Mondeo. For the first time we've gotten an indication of how that might work. Booth says that since the Fusion has just been launched, it likely won't be until the new sedan has gone through at least one full product cycle that the two cars can be merged. By that time, we'll either be getting the new Mondeo in the twilight of its own product cycle or an all-new Mondeo will debut on both continents.

[Source: The Detroit News]

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      • 8 Years Ago

      RE TDI,

      The Tempo NEVER shared it's platforms, it's engines, it's anything....except that little blue oval badge on the trunk/boot lid with ANY European Ford.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #10, Don't mind ruggels, he forgets to take the medication for his personality issues
      • 8 Years Ago
      I will believe it when I see it! (And I hope I see it in this for, unaltered)
      • 8 Years Ago
      GREAT NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!

      What Paul G (#34) says!!! I want a Ford "drivers car"! I'm also hoping we see the XR4 http://www.autoblog.com/2007/03/05/ford-fiesta-xr4-launches-in-the-land-of-oz/ .

      Now, if Ford can make their new Fiesta cool looking, reliable and with relatively good performance, then they'll have a smash hit!

      Honda Fit: Ugly, and embarrassingly dumpy looking!
      Chevy Aveo: UGLY!
      Toyota Yaris: Quirky, and somewhat OK looking... but not exciting AT ALL.
      Dodge: they have NOTHING
      Nissan Versa: Dorky looking.
      Mazda: Nothing (but 2 is on the way).

      None of the above have anything to desire. People buy them because they have to. Ford's Euro-Fiesta isn't imported. VW's Fox, Lupo and Polo are not imported (all three are great looking little cars). THE USA HAS NOTHING BUT UGLY PILE-OF-CRAP B-CARS!

      I only hope Ford makes a Fiesta to desire, one that people WANT TO BUY!!! One that has performance versions and options. One that can be moded to no end. SOMEBODY needs to make, and or bring one here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Drove a 2006, 1.2 litre model 1200 kilometers in Ireland for 10 days and had no complaints. Decent mileage, moderately comfortable (this was the base version with base seats and no lumbar support to speak of). Enough room for two people and their luggage, and enough space for two non-obese kids in the back if it comes to that. But very badly needs a dead pedal, and the shift linkage was pretty wobbly. I had a fine time grunching toward reverse while tring to find fourth from fifth. A good car for narrow Irish roadways and through the towns. Nice handling if not the sportiest thing I've driven. Pleasant interior but not up to VW standards. Hard to convert litres to miles for mileage purposes, but we had no complaints. Certainly not a gas hog, and not at all bad at 110 kph or driving with verve on narrow twisties. Small by conventional US standards, of course Still, a reasonable, maybe even a competitive, alternative to the Fit, Yaris and such. Surely it would make a very good city car, especialy if it proves reliable and if they could bring it in with the diesel engine. Didn't drive the Ka over there, but you'd think Ford would have the brains to bring it here along with the Fiesta.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I forgot to ask, if Ford does decide to bring the new Mondeo over, will they drop the Fusion name or name it the Mondeo?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'll still wait for the StreetKa
      • 8 Years Ago
      #21...you will be waitin for a while. The current Ka has been on the streets since 1996.

      Also, #27 Bob R...I dont know what cars you are looking at but the Fusion and Mondeo look nothing alike. Maybe the Fusion and last gen. Mondeo.



      Anyways, I am glad Ford is bringing the Fiesta here. We need it. I dont know if it will be a problem but a lot of people seem to confuse the Fiesta and Festiva names. We did get the Fiesta here back in the late 70s. It was supposedly a great car. I cant say that much about the Festiva. But that seems, to me, the car people remember...not the Fiesta.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wonder if we'll get the 150HP XR4 as an SVT model?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Here's a good idea, wait and wait to bring the Mondeo over here. Yeah that's right (insert scarcasm here) Ford has all the time in the world. No, they're not in trouble, sure take your time Ford wait a couple more years while you lose more market share!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree #1 the Fiesta looks good as is. I am guessing we would see the new Mondeo derivative in 2010? 11? I wonder what platform the Taurus will take under Mulally's rule when it is redone in 2010. I wonder if putting the escort name on it would surprise people knowing the old escort was bigger, or maybe generate more traffic by the name itself. They may not like how small it is, so they look at something else like a Focus or base Fusion. This would save them tons on marketing expenditures. The next few years prove to be very interesting.
      • 8 Years Ago
      THANK GOD!!
      I cant wait to see the look on the people's faces at Toyota!

      Go for it Ford...the Mondeo mixed with the Fusion would be one sexy car!
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