• Sep 13th 2007 at 8:02AM
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Although we've been seeing heavily camouflaged versions of Ford's Fiesta replacement for several months, It was only a couple of weeks ago that we got our first official look at the Ford Verve concept. Now, an attentive photographer has managed to snag a shot of what appears to be the production version in a workshop somewhere through a chain-link fence and a reflective window.
The new image shows a four door version that looks remarkably close to the concept in most respects. The shape of the headlights, fenders and taillights appear almost identical. There is perhaps slightly less upsweep in the beltline on this version, but the rest looks spot on. The production version of the Verve/Fiesta should debut next March in Geneva with European sales kicking off shortly thereafter. North America will get the new small Ford for 2009.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      This thing couldn't come any sooner for Ford.

      They have no car in the A segment. And the price of fuel is headed up. They need this thing like NOW.

      Look at the success of the Scion line and the Honda Fit. The Nissan Versa isn't doing to badly either.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is another GREAT step forward for Ford. Keep it up Blue Oval!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like it's gonna sell!
      Plus Euro Ford's drive like they are glued to the road.
      Looking forward to seeing this car around.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just hope we'll see some of Ford's excellent European product make it over to North America!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Okay, if they bring this thing over looking like that and built well, I will stop holding it against them for denying me the Mazda2.

      This Verve actually looks better than the Mazda. Ford will actually have the most exciting car in the segment in the USA - how often do you hear that?
        • 8 Years Ago
        Ford will actually have the most exciting car in the segment in the USA - how often do you hear that?

        In 2000, the Focus was undeniably the most exciting and the best small car in the US market. That is, it was until the recall issues started to pile up and it became obvious that Ford's attempt to "value-engineer" the Focus to meet the cheap-skate American price demands (the Focus was a very good car in Europe the whole time) were a disaster.

        How many people were loudly complaining about Ford saving all the good cars for Europe until they got a taste of the Focus?
      • 8 Years Ago
      It does look like a neat car. But dang it, call it what it's supposed to be, a Fiesta. Verve sounds dumb and gimmicky. Every time I hear it I get the sound Bittersweet Symphony mumbling through my head.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I don't know...Verve sounds like a pretty damn good car name to me. Sure, it won't be a well-known name, like Fiesta, but...to me, Fiesta always sounded like a cheap, poorly made car from Mexico. The Fiestas are decent cars, and all, but I think Verve is a much better name for it, especially in a market where you have cars name Tiburon, Murano, Tribeca...unconventional names, at least to Americans.

        With that said, I'd never drive this car, as it's just too small for me. However, Ford really is starting to get a pretty damn decent vehicle lineup. I'm a hardcore Ford guy, and have lambasted them in the past for many things, including letting the Taurus die a terrible death, then bringing it back as a rebadged 500, but let's be honest here, with the Fusion, Taurus (nee, 500), Mustang, F-series, Edge, Fairlane (or whatever they're calling that thing), and now, this Verve, Ford's looking pretty damn good. These are very progressive designs that looks a ton better than the Japanese appliances, and the quality is getting up there, too. I still don't think Ford is at the level of a Honda, but they're certainly at or above Toyota as well as Nissan.