This is the production version of the Ford Fiesta ST, and except for the fact that it's missing a couple of doors, it looks just like the Fiesta ST Concept we saw at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year. Of course, the two-door version is cooler, which should be all the clue you need that we won't be getting it in America. Ford is, however, "open to the idea" of bringing it here.

The specs match the concept: 1.6-litre EcoBoost with 177 horsepower and a top speed beyond 125 miles per hour, along with torque vectoring, three ESP stages and Ford' MyKey – all of which should make it a fabulously good time when it goes on sale in Europe in 2013.

A "pre-production" example will get a showing at the Geneva Motor Show tomorrow, and we'll have a fuller report on it then, but there's a press release below with more details. Perhaps between the show and 2013, Ford can be convinced to ship it this way when it decides to "say more about our plans for other markets."
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Production-Ready Fiesta ST Debuts at 2012 Geneva Motor Show

- Dynamic new Fiesta ST unveiled as a production-ready model at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and confirmed for introduction in Europe in 2013

- New Fiesta ST is powered by a 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine that delivers 180PS – 20 per cent more power than the previous model – accelerates 0-100km/h in less than seven seconds and can reach a top-speed of 220km/h-plus

- Class-leading driving dynamics delivered by enhanced Torque Vectoring Control system, specially-tuned chassis and three Electronic Stability Control settings – all tested extensively at Germany's world-famous Nürburgring Nordschleife

- Ford remains open to the idea of introducing the high-performance small car to North America for the first time, following a positive response to the five-door Fiesta ST concept at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.


GENEVA, Switzerland, March 5, 2012 – Ford Motor Company is unveiling the new production-ready Fiesta ST at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in advance of the performance hatchback's launch in Europe in 2013.

Customers have clamoured for a new Fiesta ST since the last model disappeared from European showrooms in 2008. The all-new model will take Fiesta ST performance to a new level. The numbers tell the story: 180PS 1.6-litre EcoBoost, 240Nm of torque, 0-100km/h in under seven seconds, and top speed of more than 220km/h. At the same time, the EcoBoost technology delivers a 20 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions compared with the previous Fiesta ST.

Developed by Ford's Team RS, the new Fiesta ST delivers significant ride-and-handling improvements through the introduction of a specially tuned chassis that sits 15mm lower than the standard Fiesta; Ford's enhanced Torque Vectoring Control system; and three Electronic Stability Control modes. The technologies were put to the test over 5000 kilometers of driving on Germany's Nürburgring Nordschleife.

"We believe Ford customers will be blown away by the new Fiesta ST, and not only by the exhilarating performance but by the styling and specification, too. This dynamic new hot-hatch is undoubtedly our best Fiesta ST to date," said Jost Capito, Ford's director of Global Performance Vehicles.

The high-contrast interior features unprecedented levels of equipment and specification to suit the sporting driver, with standard Recaro sports seats appearing in a Fiesta ST for the first time. It also will be equipped with MyKey, which allows owners to limit performance and ensure activation of safety features for when less-experienced drivers use the vehicle; and SYNC, Ford's voice-activated in-car connectivity system. A new bold and dynamic exterior design drives home the high performance message and features the latest Ford design signatures including a large trapezoidal grille.

The new Fiesta ST was engineered using Ford's global Performance Car DNA and developed by Ford Team RS, the European arm of the company's Global Performance Vehicles group.
The experience of the engineering team in working with Ford's motorsport partners to develop the Fiesta RS WRC, Fiesta Rallycross and Racing Fiesta vehicles, also proved invaluable for developing the new Fiesta ST.

With production of the new Fiesta ST confirmed for Europe, Ford also remains open to the idea of introducing the high-performance small car to other regions, including North America for the first time following a highly positive response to the five-door Fiesta ST concept that made its North American debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

"We're delighted to be bringing a new generation Fiesta ST to our European enthusiasts in 2013 and we'll have more to say about our plans for other markets in the near future," said Capito. "With the Fiesta ST joining the new Focus ST, we will again be able to deliver a choice of affordable small performance cars that are designed to deliver a unique blend of stand-out styling and dynamic on-road performance with true practicality for everyday use."

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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 164,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.

Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 51 individual markets and employs approximately 66,000 employees. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford of Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 22 manufacturing facilities, including joint ventures. The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.


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      EXP Jawa
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why would Ford introduce a concept version in LA if they weren't thinking of bringing it to the US? Doesn't compute...
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      When taking into consideration the size of the Ford Fiesta, I can't understand Ford is not seriously considering bringing the 2 door here. Not only does it look better, but it also weighs less. I have a difficult time believing the notion that Americans don't like coupes, given all of the 2 door VW Golfs and Mini Coopers I see on the road. I would reluctantly agree if this thing were a mid-size sedan with a nice comfortable backseat, but with a subcompact like this, I can't see why not.
      Thomas
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fiesta ST >>> Fiat 500 Abarth...You know this to be true...
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Thomas
        Because the Fiesta ST competes with the 180bhp B segment Punto Abarth, not the 500.
      nicandterr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford is an american company!!! We want it damn it!!!
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nicandterr
        Ford is a global company...
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          "Ford is a global company..." There is no such thing as a single global company. Ford Motor Company is an American company, which has a whole raft of subsidiary companies all over the world. The group is indeed global. The Fiesta was developed by Ford of Europe, primarily between Ford of Germany and Ford GB.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nicandterr
        problem is the successful fords aren't developed in 'america'
      navypond
      • 2 Years Ago
      If Kia or Hyundai had come up with a grill like this in their new models resembling an Aston Martin, then I am pretty sure 95 percent of this board would be full of swearing overreacting cries about plagiarism. But, of course since this car is not an Asian brand, people here just seem to over look this heavy & shameful resemblance..........., just like they did when the 2013 Ford Fusion was introduced with its Aston Martin face/grill and Jaguar body & proportions.. What a racist world we live in. Double standards.... guess it will never go away....
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @navypond
        seriously?.....this car competes with an Aston?.....think back, guess who OWNED Aston at one time......
        brunswick90210
        • 2 Years Ago
        @navypond
        I agree with Dean, Ford owned Aston Martin and actually still has a 12% stake in it. But I also haven't really called Kia or Hyundai a copycat either. And there were several people that pointed out that the 2013 Fusion looked very similar to the Aston Martin. You may want to go back and look at that article's comments again.
        wrxfrk16
        • 2 Years Ago
        @navypond
        Well, Ford did kind of buy the Aston look when they bought....Aston. AM got an adrenaline needle of cash in the R&D department, Ford gets some sharp styling for their new compacts. It's like the late 2000's Subaru models, they brought some Alfa like styling cues, but that was because they employed the Alfa Romeo designer.
      Tony six-gear
      • 2 Years Ago
      We don't want this ST crap. What we need is a Fiesta WRC Street Edition.
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tony six-gear
        As awesome as that would be, are you prepared to spend at minimum $30,000? I doubt most Americans are.
      Elmo
      • 2 Years Ago
      To the people below who are jumping to conclusions on how we won't get this car... "Ford remains open to the idea of introducing the high-performance small car to North America for the first time, following a positive response to the five-door Fiesta ST concept at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show." They're neither saying that we won't or will get the car. They're still open to the idea, which means it's most likely going to happen. The Fiesta is a hot car, and Ford is having trouble keeping them on the lots. We're already going to get the Focus ST, considering the ST-R is now being raced in North American exclusive racing series.
      AlphaGnome
      • 2 Years Ago
      I definitely prefer this to the Focus ST! Ford would be silly to miss this opportunity to give the pocket-fleecing Mini brand a true 3-Door competitor!
        Rygar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AlphaGnome
        YES! As a Focus SVT owner, I LOVE this Fiesta ST. Focus ST, ehhh, not so much. Small 2-door (2-DOORS, you hear us Ford?), peppy engine and good fuel economy. My SVT only has two of those. Bring this here and take my money. Please!!
      cq_
      • 2 Years Ago
      With premium gas above $4.50/gallon, any small car with a turbo WILL sell here in the states... Once gas starts to get to $6~7/ gallon, my Evo X won't be a daily driver.... Fiat 500 seems to cheap, MiniCooper S is too much for too little, and this Fiesta ST is just perfect.... FORD, you would be silly not to bring this to America....
        tony36619
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cq_
        I couldn't agree more
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cq_
        [blocked]
      Thenewblack
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just read that 500 Abarth review. Let's get a comparison of the Fiesta ST and the Abarth asap.
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am in need of a kool hatch like the fiesta or focus st. Gas mileage is pretty low in my v8 mustang. Riding my motorcycle saves me gas money but it gets tiring. I ll rather trade it in to get this fiesta st beauty.
      A_Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford already lost a sale from me by not offering the regular Fiesta here in 3-door. I have since bought something else after waiting with no news of a 3-door coming. It's a shame that we most likely wont get the 3-door ST here, even if it is too late for myself. I'm sure it'd be pretty damn appealing to others since people without kids are the ones buying these cars and dont need 4 doors.
        Camaroman101
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A_Guy
        same here, the 3-door just looks so much cooler
        Jorge Felix Marrero
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A_Guy
        what did you buy that would compare to a 3 door fiesta? the only "similar" ones i can think of are the 500 or a smart-4-2?
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