Admiring the Ford Verve Concept from All Angles

By Mike Mello

01.25.2008
You’ve probably already heard about the Ford Verve concept unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, and maybe you’ve read about it here or seen a few shots of the car on television. After recently seeing the Verve in Detroit, I wanted to share some of my photos and design opinions on the car since it’s worth a good look.
I think the Verve has a great stride to it. The relationship of the roof line to the placement of the wheels helps the car look elegant and lively.


There’s a lot of surface transitions near the base of the A pillar but I think they work well – especially where the body line below the mirror meets that strong fender arch. The lines don’t intersect and I like the tension that’s created in this area. What do you think of those hot redwall tires? Any possibility of those reaching production? The antique reproduction market has them!


The Verve’s front light assembly looks alive. Lighting here, as in many recent cars, has again become a major area of brand identity. The headlight cluster makes such a big impression on your first look at a car that it simply has to look sharp. This design definitely delivers, including the lower signal lamp.


Following the crisp line up the A-pillar reveals a large glass roof panel. Something about that giant piece of glass seems too good to be true…


The Verve’s rear quarter maintains an energetic feel and the body line below the taillight helps keep the corners looking trim. Wrap-around taillights point towards the front end and help reinforce the comfortably aggressive stance.


What do you think? Does the Verve look like it’s ready for delivery? Although we’re only looking at exterior shots here, you can see a few interior views in the post mentioned up in the first paragraph. Are there any changes you would make to the exterior? Hopefully the Verve concept is very close to what we’ll see in North America by 2010.

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Author: Chris Haak

Chris is Autosavant's Managing Editor. He has a lifelong love of everything automotive, having grown up as the son of a car dealer. A married father of two sons, Chris is also in the process of indoctrinating them into the world of cars and trucks.

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5 Comments

  1. Very pretty car. Let’s hope Ford doesn’t muck it up as it moves to production.

  2. I agree, it really is a looker. If Ford can manage to keep it expensive looking, yet price it competitively, they will have a winner on their hands. If the production version looked close to this, it would EASILY be the best looking subcompact in the market. I mean, compare the Verve to an Aveo, Fit, Yaris, or Versa!

  3. These photos don’t even really show just how pretty this car is. Head-on, side profile, 3/4 view, rear view, it’s all good for the Verve. My question is, what will Ford call it here in the U.S.? You know they’re going to call it the Fiesta in the rest of the world, but will it be here? The Fiesta? The Verve?

  4. If I could vote between Verve and Fiesta, I would definitely stick with Verve. If the Verve name doesn’t make it, I hope whatever name Ford chooses has some kind of energetic and refined feeling.

  5. Nice looking, but looks aren’t everything. I hope its beauty isn’t skin deep.

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