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Brenda Priddy & Co. caught a Euro Fiesta mule filling up its gas tank in North Sweden, and the car can already be seen wearing a few cues inspired by the Verve Concept that debuted in Frankfurt. First and foremost is the large front grille that punctuates the cladding this mule is wearing. This car's beltline also sweeps up dramatically from front to back, and the rear taillights are mounted on the C/D-pillar just like the Verve's. Of course, we're interested in the European Fiesta because after it debuts over there next summer as a 2009 model, it will arrive in the U.S. virtually unchanged the following year as a 2010 model. Expect both three- and five-door hatchback models to be offered, which makes the loss of those model types in the larger Focus lineup a bit easier for us to swallow.

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Coming to the States: Ford Fiesta!

While the shiny Verve concept-car was one of the highlights at September's Frankfurt Motor Show, engineers and designers of Ford's Cologne-based development centre are currently busy putting the production-version Fiesta through its paces on the lonely and cold stretches of roadways in northern Sweden. But even the Fiesta needs to fuel up once in a while!

Our spies managed to get few new photos out in the open of what's to become the darling of the road (as the Europeans view it) when it hits European dealerships in the summer 2008 – and America roadways in 2009 (as a 2010 model). Although these pictures are of the European version – the 2010 U.S.-spec Fiesta will look nearly the same.

The newcomer was developed to be radically different – in design and handling – from Polo, Corsa and Clio, and Ford wants to give it a look and feel to attract younger buyers of the iPod-generation. Nonetheless, the Fiesta will come in 3- and 5-door guise and will feature a solid B-post and smaller wheels than the Verve concept.

The North American model will be built in Mexico.

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