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Click above for gallery of pics of the Ford Fiesta and Ford Ka

While visiting our favorite weekly car gathering in SoCal today, we were stopped in our tracks when we spotted "Everybody Loves Raymond" star Ray Romano, happily answering questions about the shiny new Ford Fiesta parked beside him. We thought it odd for Ford to enlist such a well-known stand-up comic to pitch the product at such a meager gathering, but figured even A-list talent might be hurting for a little extra scratch in this economic climate. We approached to get a better look and realized it was actually Fiesta Brand Manager Sam De La Garza a dead ringer for the actor who portrayed everybody's favorite Italian-American non-mobster on television.

Sam brought the Fiesta to Cars & Coffee to show it off and elicit some reactions. He also wanted to remind folks that the Fiesta Movement is still underway, although he declined comment on sister site AB Green's entry. Without giving too much away, he did mention that the response to the contest has been overwhelming. He told us that the entries have been beyond imagination, mentioning, for example, that Juston Laipply, creator of the über-viral "Evolution of Dance", was among the entrants. While the Fiesta's success in America seems to be a foregone conclusion in some camps, Sam also brought along a Ford Ka to see whether the Fiesta might have big enough coattails to carry its kid brother as well. We can hardly wait to get our hands on one. Check out the gallery below.

Live photos copyright ©2009 Frank Filipponio / Weblogs, Inc.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I just love the whole design of the Fiesta. I would love to get back. Looking at this car makes me wonder who was the designer of the current and awful US Focus.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sea Urchin - stop talking. This was the most bastard like comment I've read in a long-time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone who keeps using the word "mcFit" is an idiot number one...

      Number two, the aveo stinks compared to the fit. Honestly it should, considering it costs a lot more. With that said, a small car by honda will run circles around anything GM, ford, or anyone else can build. Honda just knows how to tweak and refine every subtle thing so it just "feels" right.

      The aveo is FAR from feeling right - crap interior plastics, crap manual transmission, crap sounding engine and on and on. I would guess this fiesta is the same way, there is no way ford finally figured out how to build a small car better than the japanese. Wait for the next civic, its going to DESTROY this and raise the bar yet again.
        • 6 Years Ago
        your views seem slanted.let me guess what type of rice do u drive?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, talk about coincidence... I am watching Top Gear review the new Fiesta (European spec) as I am reading these comments. They think...

      "It feels fabulous!"

      So, reason enough for me to at least take a look at it when it arrives stateside.

      I do think it is one of the best-looking Ford's I have seen in many years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Love The top Gear where the drive a Fiesta through a mall. Cool little car for storming a beach too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Forget the Fiesta and Ka, I want more pics of that RS200!

      Seriously though, Ford needs to get the Fiesta and Ka into the American market NOW.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The sooner the better.

        They may not have asked for any handouts yet, but at this rate it is only so long until they do...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure Ford is only going to be handing these out to young, super extroverted, extremely attractive people.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Both ford looks great, yay thanks ford for bringing it here at last everyone wish of driving euro ford can come true. Just hope they don't messed it up please build it nicely cuz I read in Autoblog green the ford mondeo in euro have many reliability problems gosh that is scary. So please please please quality control before u sell it to us
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Likely will be the best seller in its segment if priced right.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Where is this SoCal meet? I really need to go to it. That RS200 looks amazing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Those post-it notes in the Ka are NOT helping Ford shed its image stateside.

      Other than that, i'm excited for the Fiesta (and hopefully the Ka) to come over here. They look a billion times better than their competitors so Ford should hurry up and bring them over... while small cars are still in style.

      I hope Ford doesnt wait until people get used to cheaper gas and start buying SUVs again before they come out with the Fiesta, and then wonder why the Fiesta isn't selling well!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Look just because the guy has a big nose and looks Italian doesn't mean that it's Ray Romano.

      Having said that i hope this car will succeed, it looks GREAT, so that part is covered, now let's see if Ford can give this car great tech and safety features............AT THE RIGHT PRICE.

      In my opinion the weakest point Fit has is its price, it costs almost as much as Honda Civic LX, which is a mid trim level, which by the way is a great trim level, it has everything one would want in the car.

      Also i hope Ford will not make those same mistakes GM did with Astra, such as $1,400 for automatic tranny, $450 for ABS and of course the BIGGEST mistake was to price the car above the competition. Fiesta must remain at all time cheaper than Fit, otherwise people will not bite.

      I hope the tech is great, i hope A/C and power windows are standard, i hope the seats can be moved in the same way Fit allows it, so storage is NEVER a problem.

      And the reason i think this car will be a success is because.....................it is not a very competitive segment. Fit is AMAZING, but the rest of the field is mediocre and to be honest aside from Yaris there's not much there in the segment. Also, everyone who did buy Astra will not buy another one because they know by now that Saturn is dead, these people should gravitate to Ford Fiesta.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Also i hope Ford will not make those same mistakes GM did with Astra, such as $1,400 for automatic tranny, $450 for ABS and of course the BIGGEST mistake was to price the car above the competition. Fiesta must remain at all time cheaper than Fit, otherwise people will not bite."

        people like you really irritate me. you whine and complain that GM and Ford sell much better cars over in Europe, then when they actually do bring them over almost unchanged you whine some more about how much they cost. There's no way to win with people like you.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1 Jim
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