Ford has officially unveiled the latest, and smallest, member of its European commercial vehicle family – the 2013 Ford Fiesta Van. It promises to bring utility and practicality in a smaller more fuel efficient package for buyers that may not want a Transit Connect or a Transit full-sized van.
When the Focus ST was first unveiled, many wondered whether the pint-sized Fiesta hatchback would also have a high performance ST sibling. In a statement released earlier this week, Ford officially confirmed that the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST will be available for buyers here in the United States and will officially debut at the 2012 Los Angles Motor Show later this week alongside its redesigned mainstream siblings.
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By: Carl Malek
Earlier this week, Ford Motor company finally took the wraps off the Fiesta ST five-door concept ahead of its official debut at the 2011 LA Auto show. This concept is Ford’s second iteration of the Fiesta ST concept. The car first made its debut in 3-door form at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show earlier this year. Other than the addition of the two additional doors, the Fiesta ST five-door is more or less identical to the three-door version when it comes to exterior styling which includes the use of a large trapezoidal shaped grille, a Fiesta ST exclusive body-kit, 17 inch alloy wheels, and a twin exhaust system. Ford also mentions that the styling for both concepts was inspired by the Fiesta RS WRC Rally car, which is a star out in the world rally circuit.
By Carl Malek
Ford customers in Europe will soon have the opportunity to purchase a special edition version of the Ford Fiesta for their garage. Officially known as the 2012 Fiesta Sport Special Edition, This model is designed to not only add even more excitement to the Fiesta lineup, but to also maintain interest in the current generation Fiesta which has been available in Europe since 2008.
Available exclusively as a three door hatchback, the new model will feature an extensive array of exterior tweaks and additions to help enhance the car’s sporty styling. Some of these changes include aggressive side skirts, a chrome accented grille, twin polished exhausts, special Black Panther colored wheels, and front and rear spoiler treatments. Customers will have a choice of seven different colors for their Fiesta Sport Special Edition, including the same Black Panther paint that is used on the wheels . The interior of the 2012 Fiesta Sport Edition has also been reworked, and includes items such as custom floor mats, stainless steel pedals, and heated black leather front seats with silver contrast stitching as well as other goodies.
By Charles Krome
Getting into a new Ford Fiesta had been pretty high on my list, so I was plenty happy when the Blue Oval obliged me by sending over a Blue Flame model with a five-speed manual transmission, along with a full tank of gas. And more importantly, I was plenty happy driving it, too. Well, maybe not “driving” it, but certainly being transported in it.
By Charles Krome
Our head savant did a nice job detailing the General’s name game with the Chevrolet Aveo, but I wanted to get my pair of pennies in, too. (Also, I had already written this over the weekend, before I saw his article.)
My starting point is Chris’ comment about how the current Aveo is “not a horrible car”—because that certainly applies to where it sits in the sales standings.
Let’s do a bit of a blind test on some key players in the subcompact segment, shall we? First, here are the year-to-date numbers from three mainstream entries:
By Charles Krome
In addition to my writing here at Autosavant, yours truly also has a number of other auto-related gigs, including a semi-regular spot on a weekly web-based “talk show” called Open Line (check it out on Mondays at http://bit.ly/OpenLine). And in this past episode, we chatted briefly about a new approach to fuel efficiency that I’m eager to try out on my fellow Savants.
Here’s my thinking: It’s always struck me as odd when vehicles in two different segments somehow ended up with very similar EPA numbers. For example, both the Ford Fiesta and the new Ford Focus are going to post marks of 40 mpg highway. Now, one way of looking at this is “wow, Ford was able to build a compact car that gets the same great fuel economy as its subcompact.” But I can’t help approaching this from the other side, wondering how, if the Blue Oval can get that kind of performance from the Focus, it can’t do better with the smaller, lighter Fiesta.
By Charles Krome
In a sure sign that the auto show season is just around the corner, the 10 semifinalists for the annual North American Car of the Year award have been announced. It’s one of the more interesting honors in the industry, since the judges are automotive journalists from across the U.S. and Canada, not just the editorial (and advertising?) team of a single media outlet. In other words, you don’t have to worry about a car like the Suzuki Kizashi taking home high honors just because its automaker has a friendly relationship with a given magazine. That being said, it’s also worth pointing out that this doesn’t guarantee a better class of winners. Just consider that three of the last four COTY vehicles—the Ford Fusion hybrid, Hyundai Genesis and Saturn Aura—have been essentially non-starters with customers, and the fourth, the Chevrolet Malibu, is a badge-engineered Aura.
Will the 2011 honoree be any different? Well, let’s take a look at the 14 cars that COTY jurors selected as semifinalists, drawn from the 27 new or “substantially changed” models that were eligible for the 2011 prize.
By Kevin Miller
After months of hype including the Fiesta Movement, product placement on American Idol, and the auto show previews, the Ford Fiesta is finally here. Being a fan of small European cars that are efficient because of smart engineering choices, I’ve been eager to get behind the wheel of the Fiesta. Having recently spent two weeks driving two-ton, 300 HP luxury cars I finally got my chance, and climbing into the Fiesta SES hatchback was like a breath of fresh air. Far from bare-bones, the SES trim level of Ford’s smallest entry in the US car market has upscale features like keyless entry and pushbutton starting, and Ford’s SYNC system, the mainstream market’s best implementation of telephone and media integration.
As soon as I got the Fiesta, I installed my two kids’ car seats, loaded up our luggage, and headed from Seattle toward Washington State’s San Juan Islands. I had a ferry to catch, and two anxious kids in the back seat. Not having a lot of time to acquaint myself with the Fiesta’s features, I found myself driving above 75 MPH without significant effort. At those speeds, the Fiesta was settled on the road, not particularly noisy, and essentially right at home. We arrived at the ferry terminal about 90 minutes later, to learn that the sailing we had hoped to take was already full, and the next boat was four-and-a-half hours later. After a quick stop for groceries, we pulled in to the lot and waited… and waited longer as the sailing experienced a 75 minute delay. My daughters and I made the best of the delay, using the Fiesta as our base for snacks, naps, and activities.
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