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Ford Fiestas being built in Mexico -- Click above for high-res image gallery

What is reported to be the coming U.S.-spec Ford Fiesta has been photographed during assembly in Mexico, and the minor changes we can glean so far center around the grille. Compared to its European counterpart, the American version gets a much chunkier front end which has pushed the leading edge of the hood back. The Ford emblem is now completely surrounded by the front clip.

Below that, the central opening is larger, ringed with chrome, and the bisecting bar on the Euro version has been moved up and fitted with a U.S. license plate holder. Outside, the single fog light has been reworked into a giant, glass covered alien eye. Make no mistake – it's still hot, and we still can't wait to see it when it's unveiled at the LA Auto Show next month.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      That's not a vehicle being assembled. That's a pre-production body in white (not ecoat, not painted), and unfinished front fascia parts. It's also not in an assembly line. It looks to be a dimension control type of area. That heavy table the car is sitting on is just made for it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am really getting tired of this guy Matt.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It'd be nice if there was an 'ignor' button so we wouldn't have to scroll past his ranting and raving.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whoops meant to reply to Jim and Jake.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Front looks fine, not much different from the European version and that's a good thing. But get a picture of the H-backs already this is a Sedan you can see the rear deck in the back. Foolish Americans, think they are buying "upscale" because it has a trunk, that's why I see more sedan Yaris than 5 doors, in fact I have hardly seen in 5 doors. People think they are getting away with a knock off the Corolla...

      Please...

        • 5 Years Ago
        Uh huh. Not sure what THAT was all about, but for someone who's calling others "foolish Americans", you're not too quick on the uptake there yourself. Offering the option of sedans vs. hatches leaves it up to individual consumers to decide what works for them, and I'd bet that at least one-quarter to one-half of Fiestas they sell here in the States will be the 5-door model. Why don't you go ahead and buy a hatchback to make yourself feel superior to all of us foolish Yankees, and let the people who want sedans buy them without being generalized by your pompous judgement. For the record, I'm a Chicagoan, born and raised, who has also spent time in the UK and continental Europe; don't assume all Americans are dumb as soup, and we won't have to assume that all foreigners are arrogant d**kwads.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just bring the RS version and we'll ignore the front-end changes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1

        And the RS and ST versions of the Focus
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1
        And AWD!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugh it looks like were losing the amber tailight turn signals though. Should be a simple swap, like the Focus tails though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe those are just mock-up red taillights. Otherwise where did the reverse lights go, as well?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those trapezoidal chromed-out fog light surrounds look like ass - too much gratuitous bumper bling. To me, the Euro light design and bumper looks more aggressive (read: good). This design lost something in translation, which I guess shouldn't come as any great surprise.

      It could (and has been...) worse, but personally I'm disappointed if this turns out to be the final design.

      Now, Ford, just don't f*ck with the suspension settings....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seriously amber is more visible than red. Seriously. I was following a stupid late model Dodge Stratus, and I couldn't tell whether they were braking or turning.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Chris - It's time for giving in the keys my friend. If blinking doesn't give it up, god knows what will :-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see this car in person
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a *pre-production* facility, not the actual factory. They assemble dozens of cars here to test, finalize spec and provide press demo rides.

      Can anyone recall actual anticipation for a small car from a domestic that this car enjoys? This is going to be a sure sales hit, and none too soon. I just hope we get an ST/SVT/GTI version to play with. The pent-up demand for small, efficient GTs is palpable but I don't think a single manufacturer is listening to the market.

        • 5 Years Ago
        "Can anyone recall actual anticipation for a small car from a domestic that this car enjoys?"

        I can. The original Saturn, and that seemed to go on for 5 years before the car actually showed up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        MINI
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks good! What?? How is that possible....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lol a few of us agree. I like how they didn't extend the bumper cover 6" like they did with the US Focus for the 5mph bumpers. You can see a slight bulge, but not that noticeable.

        I will, one day, own a 2004 Competition Orange SVT Focus with Euro ST170 or RS bumpers and fenders! For once, our companions across the pond may actually be ordering replacement USDM parts for their cars!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Notice how the upper grille seems to be a separate piece from the rest of the fascia? It's in the exact outline of the 08 Verve Sedan concept. Makes me think there will be more than one upper grille design - possibly one for the Sedan and a different one for the Hatch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      UGH, I'm seeing solid red rear tail lights on the hatch in the background. If that is the case, I'd be shopping for some replacements even before i put down my deposit. There is no need to change the tail lights from the euro model. Come on Ford. I was interested, but this is a bad thing. Just say NO to "Americanizing" it. all you need to do is add the few inches to the bumpers, You don't need to change the grill and tail lights. How did i know they would F' it up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Why do you care so much about what color the rear turn indicators are and why is it such a deal-breaker? Amber vs red; who cares and why?"

        because ambers are required in Europe, and don't ya know everything Europe does is better.

        seriously, it's just more elitist crap.
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