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Pulled this photo off of MSNBC today. I like it. Although I'm clearly partial to small, quirky cars of foreign manufactur. I need to get over that someday. They claim it will get 30 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, with a 6-speed automatic. A five speed would be more fun.

 

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Thats cute, but my wifes Focus already gets 30 mpg in city already. So that would be kinda redundant to have a small car (Focus) and a small car (Fiesta) in the same ring.
 

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Ford is planning to have two small cars for these reasons:

1) Fuel prices
2) Fuel prices
3) Fuel prices
4) Market demand for smaller cars
5) Fuel prices
6) The Focus is actually growing a bit. Even the current US Focus "feels" larger inside than the previous-generation Focus.
7) Fuel prices
 

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camusdarrach said:
Over here, it's a Ford Focus in that first picture, the Fiesta is a lot smaller, viz ...

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1781&hilit=top+gear+fiesta

The Fiesta has most definately been tested to it's limits :D
No, that first picture is, indeed, the Fiesta sedan. It's the same size as the Fiesta hatch, such as this one (North American version introduced yesterday at the Los Angeles Auto Show):



We'll be getting the next generation Focus at the same time you do over there this time.

I like the Fiesta, but I'm really looking forward to the Focus introduction next month in Detroit.
 

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10kpharo said:
Pulled this photo off of MSNBC today. I like it. Although I'm clearly partial to small, quirky cars of foreign manufactur. I need to get over that someday. They claim it will get 30 mpg city, 40 mpg highway, with a 6-speed automatic. A five speed would be more fun.

Nice, but I would prefer a two door hatchback with an Ecoboost engine. I think there is one in the pipeline, but that's a year or two away. I can only imagine it would be Ford's answer to the John Cooper Works Mini. For a few dollars less of course. Hopefully with Regular Unleaded instead of the Mini's premium gas requirements as well. :angel:
 

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Wow, it's a far cry from my 1980 Fiesta! It was my first car and I loved it (and beat the crap out of it too!)

Ford imported the European Fiesta to north america from 1978 to 1980. They had the 1.6L carbed engine. Mine had an OEM moonroof and all horsepower robbing pollution control devices that were mandatory in north america removed.

What a peppy fun car that was! :)

Sadly I have no pictures of my Fiesta, but it looked a lot like this one:



Their main problem is that like the Ford Escort and VW Rabbit of those years, they were not designed for Canadian winters and rusted out completely in 3-4 years. I had no floors left in mine by the time I got rid of it.

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my first car was an 83 escort. with a 1.6L. 4speed. car was a riot, and i still miss it. pounded the crap outta it after my mom put over 350,000km on it. when i sold it had rolled over 400,000.

my buddies first car was an early 80's festiva, he rode it has hard as i rode the escape, he ended up blowing up the motor HAHA
 

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I had an 1980 Fiesta as well. :yes: I flogged that car unmercilessly. :yes: I think I drove it just short of 80K miles in three years. :shock: WOT all the way :tease: . It was painted white with a two tone biege interior and stripping on the outside. Add on air conditioning, white line tires, cruise control, no power anything! Loved :heart: that little car. The second year that I owned it I started a lawn care business, and carried the mowers, trimmers, shedge clippers...whatever in the Fiesta :thumb: . A little over a year later I traded up to an 1982 F-100. I still miss that car... ;) What a POS! :bill: But I loved it! :p
 
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