Aside from driving all of the high performance offerings at Ford’s Deaborne test facility, we thought it might be a good idea to familiarize ourselves with a product that we should be seeing a lot more of in the near future. This little green Ford Fiesta is not the production version that will be sold as a 2010 model, but instead a European spec Fiesta, complete with a speedometer that read in kilometers.

First impression of the Ford Fiesta
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We weren’t provided with any official specs for the Fiesta because Ford is still finalizing the design in order to provide American consumers with the best Fiesta possible. When we spoke with the Fiesta’s Brand Manager Sam de la Garza, who was extremely excited about the new car; he told us that the final production version will be very similar to what we drove, the only changes to the body will come from government mandated safety regulations. In the U.S. the importance is put on passengers surviving a crash while in Europe the magistrates are more concerned with how the unfortunate pedestrian will fair.

The Fiesta felt just like an old GTI; it was nimble and quick thanks to its light weight. The engine is peppy, but it is clear that the blue oval engineers tuned the four cylinder lump for economy and not peak performance. The Fiesta feels comfortable at speed, however it takes a while to get up there. There is not a lot of acceleration under the hood, but whatever speed you are able to muster can easily be carried through any corner. We liked the Fiesta, however we are waiting for a WRC inspired model, or an appearance package based on the Pikes Peak cars, but our friend Sam let us know that Ford was first going to worry about getting the car into U.S. showrooms.


What do you think?


  (714) posted on 08.26.2011

The styling was great. I wonder on what happen to its figure performance and what kind of engine that was used here.

  (528) posted on 08.26.2011

I was impressed with the styling of the vehicle. If not mistaken, the Ford Fiesta offers a high speed performing car and a high technology features.

  (444) posted on 08.1.2011

Well, it seems that first impressive never last! I have to say that I’m impressed with the speed performance of this vehicle as well as its styling! This has been the favorite vehicle of Ken Block!

  (762) posted on 08.1.2011

I have to say that I’m impressed with the styling of the car and if not mistaken they have offer a high technology for the feature of the car. The specs of this vehicle is for a racing car so I bet it would be speedy.

  (313) posted on 03.25.2011

Its kind of confusing for me. I think this is the same car that was caught driving by Sam DE la Garza in US. I thought the production was in US. So then again, US will be the least country to experience the Fiesta.

  (728) posted on 03.16.2011

it look so awesome in that pic! Handsome looking hatchback though! Well, can’t wait for its appearance in the autoshows.

musclecarfan17  (25) posted on 07.29.2009

Its a change from the old Fiestas at least! LOL

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