Saturday, January 31, 2009

2011 US Ford Fiesta

Photos of European Fiesta from Ford UK

Ford has invested $3Billion in their Cuautitian, Mexico factory to build a federalised version of the 7th generation European Fiesta (That factory used to build Ford trucks for the Mexican market). The car will go on sale in the US in early 2010.

The US version will differ from the European model (above) by having a longer front end, and being offered as a 4-door sedan in addition to the hatchbacks. I'm not very excited by the styling of the 4-door Fiesta. It looks like a Kia, and will detract from the better looking hatchback models. In fact I prefer the conservative styling of the previous generation. But I should withhold judgment until I see the new car in person.

For the US it will have a 1.6 litre engine and dual clutch gearbox.

It is my hope that we'll get a sporty version of the hatchback with a 2-litre engine and conventional manual gearbox like the 6th generation 2-litre Fiesta ST.

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