• Aug 22, 2008
Click above for more pics of the U.S.-spec Ford Fiesta

Autoblog reader Chris stopped for a Whopper with cheese at just the right moment the other day, as he happened upon a U.S.-spec Ford Fiesta five-door hatchback in his local Burger King's parking lot. The car's status was confirmed by the rather open Ford engineer who was driving it, who claimed that his car was 98% production ready for the U.S. He even let Chris sit in it, and he reports that the interior (see pic here) fit and finish was top notch with soft-touch materials and some seriously impressive seats. He told us the switch gear, IP dials, etc. also worked well and that he was surprised to find push button start in such a small car. While Chris did ask about what was powering this particular Fiesta, the engineer refused to comment saying only "we should be excited with what the plans are." Consider us excited. Thanks for the tip, Chris!



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Just one question... why are the headlights so damn long?! That is the only part of this car (so far) that I don't understand and don't like.
        • 6 Years Ago
        B/C I think focus groups have found that the kids like that look (myself included). Car and Driver surveyed a bunch of American college students in France on what they thought of the Peugeot 207 (a Fiesta arch rival) and the one design aspect everyone liked about the car was the super-long headlights going up into the hood.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Like it-like mazda 2 better.Hope it isn't too much heavier than the 2 and has more than the 1.5 that the 2&fit have.
      • 6 Years Ago
      From what I understand, the man at the helm at Ford today is not the same guy who was there 10 years ago!
      There's a Russian proverb "dwell in the past-you lose one eye--ignore the past, you lose both." I think the one steering the ship at Ford has heard of it!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wasn't the first GT-R pic also snapped at a Burger King? lol
      • 6 Years Ago
      They need to change the name. "Fiesta" makes it sound really really lame.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm so happy to see it hasn't been dumbed down. Way to go Ford!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think Ford won't be too happy about this engineer revealing so much information... I hope he'll still have his job.
        • 6 Years Ago
        why in the world would he get in trouble? there is no camo, it's at a restaurant, i am willing to bet this wasnt the only guy snapping photos...
        the engineer did exactly what he was supposed to, and that is he didnt give up any info about powertrain or underpinnings.
        • 6 Years Ago
        why in the world would he get in trouble? there is no camo, it's at a restaurant, i am willing to bet this wasnt the only guy snapping photos...
        the engineer did exactly what he was supposed to, and that is he didnt give up any info about powertrain or underpinnings.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Goddammit Mazda where's my 2? :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      After losing a bazillion dollars, and most of their market share, Ford decides to bring a real car to North America to compete with the Honda's, Toyotas, Nissans and Hyundai's of the market. You're a little late guys. Shoulda brought the eurospec Focus about 10 years ago. You're rep is sooo destroyed I don't even take you seriously anymore.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like it's ready to go. Start selling it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It doesn't *need* amber 'covers', only amber turn signals, and that's state-dependant, not a Federal law.
      As for the plate cut-out, they don't have to resize the damn thing, I don't know if you guys remember the old Civics, but they had Euro cutouts rather than NA ones, the Euro form factor is good for any plate and allows the cars to keep some of their homeland's flair (mkay, maybe I'm wrong about that part, seeing the plate is going beyond the area it should be in, which is odd, admittedly, but they should technically fit, wtf).

      As for the interior, I don't know how LS2/LS7 is deducing that it's not soft-touch, regardless, as long as it's rubberised, I personally don't care.

      Amber turn signals can also be seen at the back, so no, we're not going to see ubber red turn signals.
        • 6 Years Ago
        According to NHTSA (federal law, not state), a car in the US must have yellow reflectors on the sides at the front and red ones on the sides at the rear. In addition, blinker lights must be yellow on front and red or yellow on rear. The cheapest way to do this (and by far the most common) is to put the blinkers on the corners and make the reflectors yellow in front and red on back.

        In short, if you look at a car from the side and dont' see a swatch of yellow on the front and red on the rear, even with the car turned off, it isn't US legal. And you can tell from the pic that is the case for this car.

        It is possible to put separate reflectors on the car and then gain a little flexibility with how the blinkers and head/taillight assemblies look. You can even move them in from the corners. Few cars do this now, because it adds cost. The Malibu though does have separate side reflectors in the rear. Thus the taillights don't have to wrap around the sides and it gives the car a distinctive look.

        You can see the interior better in the other pic I posted. Part of the dash is rubberized, the part you never touch anyway (the top). The rest, both black and silver, is hard plastic with spray paint in the silver case. you can read my logic as to how I deduced this in that post.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Who gives a flying **** what color the turn signals are? I don't see many people using them anyway... might as well be blue or green or purple!
      • 6 Years Ago
      So far what i read and see it's a great car. Now a word to ford. Bring us the 3door hatch as well.
      I also hope ford doesn't intend to keep the door handles the matte black cheapo plastic as seen in the photo. Body color door handles please. oh, and while you're at it ford, ditch the chrome strip along the window ledge and around the foglights. The euro version doesn't have these and is MUCH better for it.
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