Frankfurt Preview: Ford unveils Verve Concept

As the leaked pictures from yesterday show, Ford's Verve Concept is a strikingly good looking small car, at least when seen from the side and rear like in the picture above. The too-big grill is unappealing, but I like the extended window line and, in particular, the color of this concept. With an official announcement planned for tomorrow, Ford's press Verve pictures are now in the wild, including the one above and a bunch more in our gallery ( which is coming momentarily; I'm currently having technical difficulties ).

The Verve concept will debut at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show and is meant as a big hint about what Ford's new B-segment Fiesta update will look like when it bows in late 2008. Autoblog says they "expect the European Fiesta to arrive for sale in the U.S. with little alteration," and we've got no reason to disagree.

You can read Ford's description of the Verve after the break.
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[Source: Motor Authority via Autoblog]
Ford Verve Concept Hints at Ford's Future Small-Car Design Vision

FRANKFURT, Germany--Ford Verve Concept - a bold and colourful concept car to be revealed at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show - gives the first hints of Ford's future small-car design vision.

The significance of the Ford Verve Concept is that it's the first physical evidence of the design direction for an all-new small Ford since it was announced earlier this year that the European arm of the company's global Product Development group is taking the design and engineering lead in creating a new small-car portfolio for major world markets. The Ford Verve Concept is the first of three concept vehicles which will debut in key regions - Europe, Asia and North America.

"Ford Verve Concept is presented here in Frankfurt as a bespoke concept car to generate reactions while our production plans are taking shape," said John Fleming, President and CEO of Ford of Europe. "Our Design team took an unrestrained approach to how our future small cars could look, and this eye-catching concept was one of the results. If we get the reaction we expect, I'm certain that the team will incorporate elements of this advanced design vision into our final production design. This will make the next generation of small cars from Ford very compelling indeed."

Finished in rich colours and distinctive materials inspired by the world of fashion and cosmetics, the Ford Verve Concept was created by a team of designers from Ford's studios in Dunton, England, and Cologne, Germany.

Building on the kinetic design momentum of Ford's recent iosis and iosis X concept cars, and the more premium feel of production models like the new Ford Mondeo, the Ford Verve Concept is a bold expression of a small-car vision.

As product development of a new generation of Ford small cars continues behind the scenes, Ford of Europe is hoping to gauge public reaction to the Ford Verve Concept during the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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