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For once, we don't have to stare at shots of an attractive compact Ford and wistfully complain that it won't be available here. The production Ford Fiesta hatch has been spotted in the wild, and with Ford's confirmation that we're getting the hatchback and sedan for 2010, the potential is there for this vehicle to be a common sight on U.S. roads. The Fiesta is a stylish domestic offering for a segment where the Fit beats all and the only domestic offering is the Aveo. A bigger choice of small cars is a good thing, and while the Fiesta's backlight looks a little pinched in a function-follows-form kind of way, it's still more handsome than the Yaris. Those hoping for a high performance SVT version should start making noise now. It wouldn't even have to be fast, just make it handle like the original Focus SVT and we'd be happy with that.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      So by 2010 do they mean production will begin in 2010 or do they mean it will go on sale a year from now as a 2010 model?
      • 7 Years Ago
      SVT Fiesta, PLEASE!! Especially with the 1.6l ecoboost, it would go pretty close to the front of the line in cars I'm looking at purchasing. Lighter, and more powerful than a MINI? Sign me up.

        • 7 Years Ago
        "finally, cars that make think about selling my SVT Focus.
        "

        +1.

        Well, OK, I do have a few BMWs as well, but I agree with your point...
        • 7 Years Ago
        finally, cars that make think about selling my SVT Focus.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd take the Mazda2 over this any day, any color.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ...okay?

      We already knew what it looked like and when it was coming, and needless to say, these pics weren't snapped in the US, so why are these photos even news-worthy?
        • 7 Years Ago
        because there is a world behind US-borders
      • 7 Years Ago
      A+ ford for bringing it back to the US
      • 7 Years Ago
      In 2010, my Mazda 3 hatch will be 3 years old and I will be looking to replace it. If the price of gasoline keeps going the way it has (and I think it will), then I will be looking for something with better economy.

      The Fiesta hatch is my favorite prospect as of now. Hopefully it will be a 5 door, but I suspect they will only bring us the 3 door. Now if they bring us something like the current gen Fiesta ST, with its 2.0l, 150 hp engine, I'll be beating down the doors for one!
      • 7 Years Ago
      What the eck!?

      That is Fiat Grande Punto (launched in 06 and available across Europe) in virtually no disguise. The body is virtually the same. Lights/Grill differ slightly. The mirrors design and positioning are identical as is most of the body work.

      Grande Punto has done extremely well in the UK / rest of Europe Ford are now just pinching this is some deal probably.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Please stop with the "bring the SVT" (aka bring the over-priced, not-really-high performance version) crap.

      It's talk like that which has killed every nicely done econo-box the big three has tried to build. (The Fiero is the poster child for that.)

      It kills the brand in the marketplace, where normal consumers think 'oh, that's the car for obnoxious high schoolers - not for me'. And then they go buy a Fit.
        • 7 Years Ago
        For a GM product of that era, the Fiero was pretty exciting. Enough so that it made the Car and Driver "10 Best" for 1984.

        And I don't care what Honda/Madza/VW does. That's a different clientele completely. We're talking about buyers walking into Ford showrooms who don't know what a GTI is, or care. All they know is that their F150 costs too much and they need to trade it in or get an additional smaller car to offset it. This will be a great addition, as long as they don't blow it...

        • 7 Years Ago
        How is a two seat mid-engine sports car (Fiero) an example of an econobox getting ruined by a sporty version? What does the unsporty version of the Fiero look like?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Frustrated Consumer and RedLineTire,

        Ford should care about what Honda, Toyota, VW as well as Nissan, GM, and everybody else for that matter does.

        They aren't going after their own customers, they're trying to sell to new customers and conquests. I think alot of people are going to go after a car with the looks and economy of the Fiesta, whether they are previous Focus customers, owners of competition, or first time car buyers.

        SVT didn't do anything to harm any of the marques it was attached to. The typical SVT owner is the enthusiast who does alot of convincing of friends and family when it comes to the car buying decisions.

        Not to mention that Pacman is right, there is a sport version of nearly every small car out there:

        Cobalt SS
        SRT Neon/Caliber
        Civic Si
        Sentra SE-R
        GTI
        Mazdaspeed 3
        Corolla S

        It only makes sense that since the B-segment car is the new C-segment car, that they start making some sport or performance versions. Ford could be first to market on these if they were to introduce them at launch.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The reason the SVT failed to catch fire is because when it came out, barely 6 months later Dodge dropped the SRT-4 and it wasn't even close anymore.

        When SVT had a chance to maybe add a supercharger to the car, the bean counters killed the idea and it was left to the aftermaket to pick up the slack.

        Then SVT as you knew it closed its doors.

        Ford USA has not finish paying for its current Focus hardware which is why we never got the newer car. IMHO, they lost enough money with so many uninteresting cars on its lot, that taking it on the chin and getting the latest version of the Focus would have improved sales 2-3 years ago and not just because fuel prices have skyrocketed.

        You would have already had a replacement for the SVT that produced power more inline with the competition and it would have outsold the original SVT Focus two fold.

        Plus the current Euro Focus is just a better looking car, period.

        The Fiesta will sell well to those with little money, in need of a new affordable car that gets good mileage. For that tiny 2-5% of the market that desires a bit more umph under the hood, a $18K S or SVT version with the tiny EcoBoost will scream, handle well and be a HOOT to drive!

        Mini what?


        • 7 Years Ago
        All those cars you mentioned (even the Si) are not top sellers, not by a long shot - even my beloved GTI. I bought mine from one of the largest dealers in the area, and the sales guy was so excited because he only sells two a year. They dribble out in handfuls, getting wildly abused by teenagers everywhere. (I'm the lone exception to that rule)

        And you all must have short memories, because when the new Civic was introduced they didn't even have an Si model for a year or two after the intro. Or was it even longer? Is Honda dumb? Do they not know what they're doing? No, they're pretty good and what they do and they focused on the small things and got the car right. Now it's the top of the sales heap (and not the Si).

        'Buzz' from marketing mavens and car blogs don't due jack for sales. 99.9% of people walking into a Ford dealer don't know what an SVT is. Half of them that do end up with one probably buy it because it's the only way to get a sunroof.

        Ford needs to focus (like Honda did) and bring out the best car they can. Distractions like performance mods are just a waste of time...
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Fiero was neither nicely done nor an econobox.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Watch Ford screw it up again by not installing rear headrests on US-market version. Focus still does not have them after all these years. Family car without rear headrests? Not for me, thanks!
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Focus at one point (in certain models) had rear headrests. If I'm not mistaken that issue is being addressed for the 09 model year. Silly omission, but I think Ford has learned their lesson.

        Oh gasp, a 10 year old platform, how horrible. If Ford hadn't softened the thing to appeal to joe schmoe, it would still ride a lot better than the majority of the 'newer' platforms out there. Don't confuse age with being subpar.
      • 7 Years Ago
      what a joke! fiesta doesn't look asian! who do you think designed this?............. Ford rebadging Mazda2's. you're a freakin idiot if you think Ford made this!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice, bring it over, now, replace the homely looking focus with this thing stat.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those huge tail lights would make great air brake flaps if they folded out. Just an observation.
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