• Apr 11th 2009 at 5:15PM
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Right at this moment, 100 people selected by the Ford Motor Company are getting an early sneak peek at the 2011 Fiesta, but, as likable as they may be, the vehicles that are being used as demonstrators for the Fiesta Movement aren't U.S.-spec machines.
As you might expect, the car on its way to America will be modified a bit to comply with U.S. federal safety standards. As such, most of the changes are likely to center around the very front and rear of the car, as evidenced by the most recent spy shots of the sedan form out testing with a couple of Ford engineers behind the wheel.

The U.S.-spec Ford Fiesta's front fascia is likely to wear a slightly enlarged grille opening and a weightier bumper. Similar changes will be made out back, with a more prominent rear bumper. Here's hoping that these alterations don't impact the car's attractive shape or laudable driving dynamics.

[Source: AutoWeek]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I think that the front bumper will be significantly different if we trust this.
      On both sides of the lower grille, there are trapezoidal looking shapes, which stick out slightly.
      Just compare with the hatch:
      Or is it just part of the padding?
      Hope they don't ruin the perfectly good design!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please don't ruin it, Ford. Please.

      And please, give us the three door!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is either your life or death Ford. Please be one of the few automakers that will produce a stylish compact.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the main issue is whether people will shell out as much money for a Fiesta (versus a Fit or Mazda2) or a Focus (versus a Mazda3/Civic). We are enthusiasts and open-minded and informed but the general public isn't. I'm a Mazda guy but I would pick the Fiesta over a 2 or Fit but the general shopper looking for a small car is gonna be convinced Honda does it right and/or not want to pay "premium" sub-compact pricing for a Ford.

      To be very honest I don't think the new Focus/Fiesta will do as well as most people here think. I picked the 3 because it was simply ahead of everything else in it's field in 06 (and arguably still is) but if the 3 wasn't on the market, I would have picked up a Focus over a Civic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think I will stick with the hatch. The rear end of that car is horrific.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My GAWD. This thing has more overhang than the Equus.

      I'll take the hatch. Now that's a good looking car. Proportions are just correct, while the sedan is....fat.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Mini-sized sedans make no sense to me."

        Me neither, Jim.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If there were sedan versions of the Xb, Mini and Fit, people here would buy them more than the hatch versions:)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ken, do they?

        I know it's conventional wisdom after years of it being true, but sales of cars like the xB, MINI, and Fit suggest otherwise. Does anyone have the sales breakdown of subcompacts offered in both body styles, such as the Aveo, Versa, or Rio? I suspect the figures wouldn't show a strong preference for the four-door.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Unfortunately, the North American market prefers sedans over hatchbacks.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree, Taglane. The hatch is very attractive and what I would look for in a small car!

        Mini-sized sedans make no sense to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please look the same. Please look the same. Please look the same....*crosses figners*
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope the US arm doesnt tweak the car so much that it looses it appeal from what they are showing around the country...They should know better, look at the succes of the Ford Focus they left it pretty much the same when Euro and US versions came out..
      • 6 Years Ago
      God Ford DONT MESS THIS UP!!!
      Yeah I think all of us here agree that we are scared that this Fiesta will be screwd up somehow by Ford. I hope we are all worried for nothing and they'll surprise us in the end. Although I fear we'll see a chromed out grill ala Fusion/Taurus. God I hate Corporate Grills dont they get it they are not worth it and often times make the car uglier. Its like seeing a supermodel from the feet first then work your way up only to get stuck on the HUGENESS of her nose. Sure she looks good but how long can you disregard that honker on her face. LoL
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not sure I can remember a small car with such a big butt. Sheesh. What happened to the rear end of the Verve concept?

      • 6 Years Ago
      Star Ford has 3 sitting in the lot right now...go and sit in one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I Really Hope it has the two or three bar grill
        • 6 Years Ago
        In order to compensate for it's size, it will wear a 5 bar grill.
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