• Sep 4th 2009 at 6:29PM
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With the new North American market Ford Fiesta set to launch production in Mexico in just a few months, it's no surprise that someone has spotted one running around near Mexico City. In this case, the car that was seen is the sedan version that is likely to comprise the majority of U.S. sales. Automovil, which got a hold of these pics and saw an electric cord sticking out of the lower grille, is speculating that this is an electrified version of the Fiesta, going so far as to claim that it was operating silently. On this point, however, Ford has never given any indication that it is working on an electric Fiesta – its upcoming electric passenger car is based on the new Focus platform.
We checked with Ford spokespeople Alan Hall and Jennifer Moore (who specifically work on sustainability communications) and both told us that there is no work ongoing on an electric Fiesta. Since the plug appears to be a standard 110V three prong unit, this is almost certainly just a block heater. While a heater wouldn't be needed in the sunny summer locale in Mexico, this prototype has likely seen service in cold weather regions at other times.

As for the reported silence, Ford has said almost all of its cars will have automatic start-stop capability within the next few years and the Fiesta is expected to be one of the first so equipped. Thanks to Francisco for the tip!

[Source: Automovil]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Whats that do hickey attached to the drivers wheel
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's a torque sensor used to measure braking and acceleration torque at the wheel.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Most likely a sensor of some kind, either for speed or motion (lateral, horizontal, etc.).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Many test cars are equipped with instruments and sensors to measure/monitor powertrain and various systems. The cord is used to supply power to some of the equipments, both external and internal. They have been very commonly seen on many test cars in Michigan, since years ago (and none of them were electric cars).

      It also could be for engine block heaters, as some guessed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I disagree with the statement that "the majority will be the sedan version". I certainly hope that's not the case. I think the auto press keeps perpetuating the myth that "Americans won't buy hatches". Maybe 20 years ago that was true, but we've had a long, LONG run of SUVs, all of which are ... hatches, so I think we now "get" the utility of a hatch versus that of a sedan.

      I know that I see 10 hatch Yarises for every 1 sedan, but maybe that's because the sedan is so easily ignorable. Ditto for the SX4 -- hatch version far outweighs the sedan, and similarly for the Versa. So much for "conventional wisdom".
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