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Ford's latest Fiesta subcompact is finally coming to America, which is definitely cause for celebration. To get it ready for U.S. consumption, the Blue Oval brand has grafted a trunk onto the ex-hatch's hind end, as we Americans inexplicably nearly always choose a sedan over a more functional hatchback. At least Ford has managed to keep the Fiesta's Kinetic design language intact, and the freshly unveiled Fiesta sedan bears a striking resemblance to the Verve sedan concept from the last Detroit Auto Show. For the record, the sedan body style will not be available in Europe, though we expect Ford to also offer the two- and four-door hatchback version in the U.S.

Ford officially took the wraps off the Fiesta sedan at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China where the new car will soon go on sale. When the Fiesta makes its long-awaited American debut as a 2010 model, it will be built in Mexico and reportedly cost around $15,000. The team from Autoblog China (did you know there's now also an Autoblog UK, Autoblog Germany and Autoblog France, all with teams of local bloggers producing them?) on the floor in Guangzhou managed to snap some live shots of the Fiesta sedan for your viewing enjoyment, so check out the galleries below. Enjoy!

[Source: Autoblog China, Ford]


Ford Stages Global Reveal of All-New Fiesta Sedan in China

* All-new Fiesta sedan features Ford's signature kinetic design language; its exterior clearly inspired by the Verve Concept notchback revealed last year at the Guangzhou Auto Show
* Sedan version of all-new Fiesta developed specifically for China with key feature inputs taken from local market research
* China to be a significant market for all-new Fiesta sedan, as Ford confirms its leadership with the fuel-efficient, sophisticated small car
* Production of all-new Fiesta sedan will begin Q1 2009 at new, state-of-the-art facility in Nanjing, China

GUANGZHOU, China, November 18, 2008 – Ford today staged the global reveal of its all-new Fiesta four-door sedan at the Guangzhou Auto Show, delivering in full on the bold promise made by the Verve Concept notchback last year.Ford Fiesta Sedan

The dynamic all-new Fiesta sedan features Ford's signature kinetic design elements – introduced to China first on the exciting Fiesta five-door hatchback at Auto China in Beijing in April – demonstrating the versatility of this unique design language and its consumer appeal in important global markets.

"We set out to design a truly exciting, desirable small car that exceeds all expectations. Today, we are keeping our promise that was made with the Verve Concept notchback last year," said Chelsia Lau, chief designer of China/ASEAN Programs, Ford Motor Company. "The all-new Fiesta sedan is sleek and contemporary. The interpretation of kinetic design on the four-door body has given the Fiesta sedan an independent identity while retaining the emotional appeal of its five-door sibling. "

The Ford Fiesta sedan will be launched in China within months of its global reveal. It will be built at Ford's new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Nanjing.

"This Fiesta writes the next chapter in our small car success story and builds on the widespread appeal of the Ford brand in China. Style-aware Chinese consumers will appreciate the uniqueness of this car that expresses their individuality, style and aspirations," said Robert Graziano, president and CEO, Ford Motor China.

The Fiesta sedan will be manufactured in China using the same advanced technologies as does its European counterpart. The body structure is manufactured with extensive use of high- and ultra high-strength steels to significantly increase strength and rigidity, while also reducing weight and improving fuel efficiency. These advanced steels also provide Fiesta with an increased measure of occupant protection.

The Ford Fiesta revealed today has been tailored to satisfy customer wants in China. Carrying out Fiesta's global strategy, additional variations of the all-new Fiesta sedan will be available across Asia and North America from 2010 with production from Thailand and Mexico supplying these important markets. However, Fiesta sedan will not be distributed in Europe.

"Launching the all-new Fiesta sedan to the world in China signals the importance of China and the Asian region in Ford's global strategy, " said John Parker, executive vice president, Asia Pacific and Africa, Ford Motor Company. "This is a sophisticated small car. Design combines with advanced technology to deliver very high levels of refinement, safety and class-leading fuel efficiency. This new Fiesta proves Ford's leadership in small car design and development. "

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Tu dominio del idioma español es bien horrible. Quizás debas practicarlo en vez de insultar a los mexicanos.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The sedan looks a LOT like a Prius....
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is probably the BEST subcompact sedan in the market, but the hatchback looks 100 TIMES cooler than this (and is probably 10 times as practical).
      I'll take the hatchback, please.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love it, but that rear end is sooooo high. And the wheels look small. Other than that, this car is looking perfect, and it looks like I can be able to recommend this car to some of my friends.
        • 6 Years Ago
        did it get uglier?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Point taken, TH, but this car has little to do with China.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mexican built? Esta mierda! No me quero los mierda Mexicano!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        you didn't have to add the mexicano! mierda would have been enough.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chevy Aveo MUCH?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just bring the 3 & 5 dr models to the US. The rear proportion of the sedan look awkward. I thought the Fiesta was supposed to replace focus as the base ford so a 15K with decent option doesn't seem bad. Hopefully the US economy will be on the rebound by the time this rolls into showrooms.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear Ford,

      Please bring me a white Ford Fiesta zetec - Black interior... I want the 3-door with all the thrills... here is my check for $22,000.00...... It does have nav in it yea????

      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy cow! What's going on with that headlight!?!?! Any bigger??

      Why not just connect it to tail lights and wrap it around the entire car!

        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm waiting for someone to make a car where the headlights come all the way back to the windshield. Headlights are out of control.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Adding the trunk to the hatchback turns the car into something I would drive into something my grandmother would drive. I'll wait for the hatchback.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good thing Ford's bringing the 5-door to the US as well. That sedan rear looks more than a bit contrived. I don't understand the American aversion to hatchbacks. A sedan uses up the same footprint yet gives up considerable interior space. To me, wagons and hatchbacks give better utility AND better looks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Jeez, step away from the caffeine. No need to get so hyper-defensive. Technically, interior space and cargo space are considered two diffrent things, which is why manfuacturers designate those specifications separately. That said, if you rarely carry cargo that requires the higher roof line, but do live or work in areas where having your cargo concealed is a bigger plus, a sedan makes more sense. It's a matter of personal preference and needs. One body style is not more correct than the other. It is your opinion that a hatch is better than a sedan, but it is not a fact. Also, you if you actually read what I posted, you would have understood it was not just directed solely in response to your post, but to those that followed as well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hatchbacks do not have more interior room than their sedan counterparts. The only benefit to a hatch is greater cargo space, due to the higher roofline. Using the Mazda3 as the example, you can see that with the exception of the higher roofline, there's no increase in interior room. Sedans are also not 'signficicantly' longer than their hatchback, counterparts, either.

        Perception is not reality.

        Interior Sedan Hatch
        Front Headroom 39.1 in. 39.1 in.
        Rear Headroom 37.4 in. 38.4 in.
        Front Shoulder Room 54.9 in. 54.9 in.
        Rear Shoulder Room 54 in. 54 in.
        Front Hip Room 53.8 in. 53.8 in.
        Rear Hip Room 52.5 in. 52.5 in.
        Front Leg Room 41.1 in. 41.1 in.
        Rear Leg Room 36.3 in. 36.3 in.
        Maximum Luggage 11.5 cu. ft. 16.5 cu. ft.

        Exterior Sedan Hatch
        Length 177.6 in. 176.8 in.
        Width 69.1 in. 69.5 in.
        Height 57.7 in. 57.7 in.
        Weight 2906 lbs. 3153 lbs.

          • 6 Years Ago
          Cargo space is in the interior, not the exterior. That big box of air above your trunk that is on the INTERIOR in a wagon is just wasted on your three-box sedan. I didn't say "passenger room", I said "interior space". If you're looking for more room to park a fat ass, then no, a wagon doesn't help you. Otherwise, a sedan is, relative to the footprint, a waste of potential contained space, even if wheelbase is equal.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Cargo space is in the interior, not the exterior. That big box of air above your trunk that is on the INTERIOR in a wagon is just wasted on your three-box sedan. I didn't say "passenger room", I said "interior space". If you're looking for more room to park a fat ass, then no, a wagon doesn't help you. Otherwise, a sedan is, relative to the footprint, a waste of potential contained space, even if wheelbase is equal.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Um, Bluestreak, sedans take up MORE footprint than the corresponding hatchback, as the sedan is always significantly longer, albeit with less usable interior room.
      • 6 Years Ago
      DAMN thats ugly!!!

      Thx God for Honda
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