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Spy shooters abroad have snagged a handful of pics proving once again that Ford's next generation Fiesta will be influenced by the Verve concept shown in Frankfurt. The automaker's Kinetic design language will influence every aspect of the five-door's exterior, with a cleanly stylized front clip, tautly drawn headlamps and a steeply raked windshield. The boxy persona of the outgoing model will be dispatched in favor of more curves and sculpted lines, and while the rear spoiler may be a bit of a stretch on this prototype, we'd expect something closer to the concept's to make it to production.
It's expected that the Fiesta will find its way to the States once the hatch meets U.S. crash regulations and the styling fits in with Ford's other American offerings. Our only concern is how the three-bar grille treatment will affect an otherwise faultless front end.

[Source: World Car Fans]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I guess if you are not paying twice the price for UAW workers and their Viagra, you can afford better designers and higher quality interior materials...
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 3 bar grill looked ok a the Fusion. Then Ford goes ape shit with it and puts it on every new car since the Fusion. What are they doing? Its this grill replacing the blue oval as Fords trade mark?
      Give me a good looking Australian Falcon or a nice European Mondeo. The front clip on these cars looks better than what we have here.
      The 3 bar grill did improve the 500 though.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The great thing about design, is that you can design many, MANY different front clips using a 3 bar "theme" but not making it look just like a Fusion or Flex.

        Hell, a lot of Honda concepts lately have used a 3 bar theme on the grill and I don't see anyone complaining. Design is flexible people, stop thinking they will just slap the Fusion grill on the Fiesta and call it a day. Designers at Ford know what they are doing, its the other people making decisions that screw things up.

        And for me, the gaping eggcrate on the Verve is over done. Something needs to change.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's my understand that the US market will not get the Fiesta hatch but rather a sedan. I think we should be seeing a preview at an autoshow in the not too distant future.

      It's too bad b/c I really prefer hatchbacks.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Ford’s Bold Moves

      Since when did the American consumer become “so unique and special” that we lose out on gaining access to some the “best” products in the Ford Motor Company portfolio?? I’m starting to figure out what is happening here and it’s not a very pleasant conclusion.

      If you look at the US production mix and compare it to what is offered elsewhere it becomes painfully clear that Ford believes we in the US are WILLING TO ACCEPT FORD PRODUCTS THAT THEY WOULD NEVER OFFER IN OTHER MARKETS.

      FORD OF EUROPE
      http://www.ford.com.cn
      http://www.ford.co.uk/
      http://www.ford.de/
      http://www.ford.fr/


      FORD NON EUROPE
      http://www.ford.ca
      http://www.ford.com.br
      http://www.ford.co.za


      1) Why has Ford not asked for the resignation of senior management that contributed to their horrible condition in the US market?
      2) Why is Ford of China able to get the Mondeo and we get a product not sold globally?
      3) Is Ford leadership stuck in USA 1970 and believe we don’t want the best global products?
      4) Is Ford “protecting” a US design group that is out-of-touch with its market?
      5) Are the US offerings dumbed-down to cater to a customer base that waves the flag but is unaware of the global competition and competitiveness?
      6) Is the US over reliance on construction vehicles for daily transport setting the US economy for a rude awakening?

      Bottom line... Ford could never afford the purchase of FOUR automotive companies (none of which was a top leader in sales) and the on-going R&D investments. With the exception of the F150 and Mustang, Ford has taken domestic profits from decades ago and plowed them into NON US Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury products.

      As was mentioned in an earlier post, Ford does spend a lot on R&D. It begs the question, "On which product lines and vehicles and has the ROI been positive?"

      As a Ford fan, I pray for their success in the US marketplace.

        • 7 Years Ago
        A few senior managers have left. And I believe the latest person that left was a marketing manager. Mullaly pretty much forced quite a few people out.

        As for the rest of your points, you can answer them by looking at who was in charge BEFORE Mullaly. He has stated several times that he wants to align global platform sharing...meaning we may get more cars like the ones they get elsewhere. Which means, once again, we will get the same Focus as everyone else gets.

        I am sure Ford could save bundles if they just designed global platforms. Even if they re-tooled our factories to support the manufacturing of those platforms.

        Oh and by the way, the only company that WASNT/ISNT profitable was/is Jaguar. LR makes a profit. As did Aston Martin. And so does Mazda and Volvo.

        Ford has the talent to design great cars. Their concepts prove that. It's management that greenlights this crap.

        Oh and Geo Stewart....wrong company, you are thinking of GM...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Europe is where Ford is spending the majority of those R&D dollars, and it shows.
      • 7 Years Ago
      interesting
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford has bigger problems then the 3 bar grill....to be honest it aint that bad...

      Ford lost touch with it's customer base and lost track of the market into offering what people want as appose to what 15 guys/girls in a room think people want lol....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes America has stricter crash test ratings
      and FoA will have a Hatch Variation(3door or 5door) and a sedan version
      • 7 Years Ago
      I must be the only one who likes the 3-bar grille. And it would certainly help break up that enormous gaping catfish mouth that the concept had.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Or maybe they were inspired by this piece of machinery:

        http://boles.com/called/fusion.jpg
        • 7 Years Ago
        I like the ford 3 bar grille too. Where are all the people who bashed the large front grill on the upcoming aveo hatch? (i believe the author said it was going to eat him or something like that) Why aren't they scared this car will gobble them up?
        • 7 Years Ago
        yes, yes you are.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I wonder if the the person who designed the three bar grille saw this
        http://www.hotautoweb.com/images27/IMG_8384.jpg
        and thought 'that actually looks pretty neat.'
        I like the three bar grille too but it should stay on their cars.
        I'll take my F150 with a honeycomb grille thank you.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "It's expected that the Fiesta will find its way to the States once the...styling fits in with Ford's other American offerings."

      This sounds scary, to say the least.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's my understanding that the US market will not get the Fiesta hatch but rather a sedan. I think we should be seeing a preview at an autoshow in the not too distant future.

      It's too bad b/c I really prefer hatchbacks.
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