• Feb 27th 2009 at 5:59PM
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Our friends over at Jalopnik managed to get their hands on a few spy shots of what appears to be a U.S.-spec Ford Fiesta sedan out and about in upper Michigan undergoing some harsh cold weather testing. Despite the heavy coat of grime, road salt and camo, it's clear that we can all let out a sigh of relief because the overall look of the car hasn't changed too much from what's been on the road in Europe and China for the last few months.

The only significant change that's readily apparent is a revised front fascia and a different bumper that appears just a bit worse for the wear as it has likely been reinforced to perform well in U.S. crash testing. We sense a slight underbite look on this prototype, but we'll reserve final judgment for the day we get to see one live and undisguised. Expect a U.S. debut before the end of the year.

[Source: Jalopnik]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear Ford,

      Please don't screw this up.

      Best Regards,
      Our Wallets
        • 6 Years Ago
        More importantly, don't forget the hatchback :D

        Maybe even also a Sport version, or is that too much for a company that got a bailout and has many enthusiasts looking forward to this car?
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Kumail: You make nice example of how uninformed ppl are about Big3 situation. When an AB reader/commenter! does not know that FoMoCo (for 1000th time) _DID NOT GET ANY BAILOUT_ how are US-automakers supposed to fight common peoples' perception about their products?
        No offense, you just made me wonder.
        • 6 Years Ago

        Too bad you can't delete your post since you got your two gripes wrong.

        1. They've already announced the hatch will come to the U.S.

        2. They haven't taken any bailout money
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love reading comments which precede the arrival of a "domestic" vehicle from Europe/Australia.

      "Can't wait to pick mine up"

      "Cannot believe my next car is a domestic!!!"

      And then the car gets the actual launch.....................
        • 6 Years Ago
        Mazda FTW, what point are you making? Are you saying that people are "all talk," or are you saying that the manufacturers screw up the vehicle en route to the U.S.?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, if people bought cars at the rate commenters promise they would, the Big 3 would be in good shape.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car is going to be a huge seller. I actually think the sedan looks attractive. It makes the trunk look tall. It is going to be a great car with fantastic designs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford, if you are listening, don't screw with the original Euro styling and don't stick a big scnnoz US bumper on that thing. Get rid of the damn grill and bring us proper wheels for it.

      Lastly, don't forget the hatch.

      • 6 Years Ago
      "Expect a U.S. debut before the end of the year."
      So when can I buy one (Hatch!) ?? I've heard the first quarter 2010, fall 2009 and now this. Anyone?
        • 6 Years Ago
        fordvehicles.com lists it as "coming stateside early 2010."
      • 6 Years Ago
      I never though I'd say this but here goes, I think my next car is going to be a Ford (as long as they release this as a hatchback).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here is your "last-minute" design, they actually made a "last-minute" concept of it:
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks abused
      • 6 Years Ago
      "We sense a slight underbite look on this prototype, but we'll reserve final judgment for the day we get to see one live and undisguised."

      chances are the camo is strategically padded to make you think that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like projector HID's, hope those make it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear Ford,

      Give me a 3 door hatchback, painted that lime/electric greenish yellow color from the Top Gear review of the Ford Fiesta, give me some large alloy wheels with low profile tires instead of crappy hubcaps, and the Microsoft Sync audio system with good speakers.

      Do that and I'll gladly open my wallet to you.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You can get a free ride in this car. http://www.fiestamovement.com You just have to create a 2-5 minute video on YouTube. I entered, but my entry is quite mediocre. Alright, it downright sucks. Good luck!
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