Ford celebrates anniversary with special Fiesta
|...Last week we brought you the new Mondeo ; this week, it's the new Fiesta. Ford's top-selling supermini will be replaced in a year's time and we've been snooping on the cold-weather testing in Scandinavia. This car is an engineering mule, hidden under the body of a current Fiesta. The new model will...
|...Ford is marking 30 years of Fiesta sales with a special edition Anniversary model. The Fiesta Zetec S Anniversary, with the 98bhp 1.6-litre 16-valve engine, will cost £12,600 and comes with bright yellow paint, a Mini-style black and white chequered roof, black door mirrors and exterior trim,...
|The Ford Fiesta is a mid-class supermini car designed by the Ford Motor Company in Europe, and also manufactured in Brazil, Mexico, China, India and South Africa. It is now marketed worldwide, including Japan and Australasia, but was only sold briefly in North America. It is one of Ford's most successful cars with over ten million sold in six distinct generations since 1976 and production continues as of 2006.
In the early 1970s, European demand from consumers for superminis was rising, as Ford's competitors were launching cars like the Fiat 127 and the Renault 5. The effects of the 1973 energy crisis was also affecting demand. Ford needed a small car to compete in this emerging market. After research and many mock-ups, a prototype and project known as "Bobcat" was created, which would be the basis of Ford's new car, the "Fiesta". After years of speculation by the motor press about Ford's new car, it was unveiled in late 1975.