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Romanian automotive media publication cars.ro earlier said that the new Ford Fiesta will no longer be offered in the United States. Robert Stiller, Ford’s vehicle program manager for the B-segment, said that since the demand for such vehicles is declining in North America especially in the US, the new generation Ford Fiesta is targeted only at markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Aside from the US, the B-segment is also becoming less popular in China and Latin America, which very much explains why the company is responding accordingly. It should be noted that Ford hasn’t made any official announcement yet but is likely to confirm the matter any day now.
It can also be recalled that the B-segment sales in the US have significantly declined in the last few years. To support this, Autoevolution recounted how Ford was only able to sell around 48,807 units in the country from the previous year. A 31% drop, the figure marks a significant decrease in Fiesta’s sales performance compared to the 71,073 examples sold in 2013.
Currently, Ford is busy showing off the 2018 Ford Fiesta to potential clients and European automotive journalists. The company has no difficulty in selling roughly 300,000 units in Europe every year. Motor1UK’s Editor Alex Goy, one of the first to get his hands on the new Fiesta, was nonetheless impressed with the new car.Read the entire article 2018 Ford Fiesta may not be offered in the US due to sluggish B-segment sales
M-Sport has taken the veil off its challenger for the next season of the World Rally Championship – the 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC -- and it has very little in common with the outgoing model. In particular, the 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC is beefier, more aerodynamic and more powerful than the 2016 Ford Fiesta RS WRC. Designed to tackle different types of roads in various weather conditions, 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC is out to prove that it counts as among the best in the rallying world.
Essentially, this rallying car is based on the street-going 2017 Ford Fiesta, which is by itself already an excellent performance on the road as well as off it. In addition, the 2017 Ford Fiesta comes with a style that would allow onlookers to immediately sense that this is not just any car – an attribute that enabled it to become one of the best-selling small cars in Europe.
Through the years, rallying versions of the Ford Fiesta have been racking up victories during events around the globe. In 2016 alone, the Ford Fiesta R5 scored 159 wins and numerous class wins. Moreover, the 2016 Ford Fiesta R5 won its second straight FIA European Rally Championship. The new 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC aims to continue the winning ways of the 2016 Ford Fiesta R5 while complying with WRC technical regulations, which have been revised drastically for the 2017 season. To that effect, Ford moved to completely overhaul its WRC campaigner – with around 95 percent of the 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC being developed and designed from scratch in order for the rallying car to deliver more power, more mechanical grip and more dynamic performance.Read the entire article M-Sport’s completely overhauled 2017 Ford Fiesta WRC makes its debut
The last time Ford introduced a new generation of the Fiesta, it was nearly a decade ago in 2008. That was the sixth generation of the Fiesta hatchback, derived from the Ford Verve concept shown in 2007.
Now, the long wait is over. Ford has finally taken the veil off the seventh generation of the Fiesta that will debut for the 2017 model year. However, finer details about this new hatch have yet to be properly disclosed. The unveiling of the next generation of the Fiesta was conducted at a special “Go Further” event in Cologne, Germany, as attended by Mark Fields, president and chief executive of Ford Motor Co. and by Jim Farley, Ford’s executive vice president and president for Europe Middle East and Africa. The event was attended by around 2,500 dealers, media and Ford’s employees at Ford’s Cologne Niehl production site where the Fiesta is being assembled.
As unveiled, new generation Ford Fiesta sports a softer and simpler design compared to the current model – featuring rounder edges. Just by looking at next-gen Fiesta, it seems larger than the current supermini, although we can’t confirm that yet as Ford hasn’t disclosed those detail yet. In addition, the next generation of the Fiesta seemed to have evolved into a more mature supermini.Read the entire article 2017 Ford Fiesta gets new styling and more customization options, offered in 4 versions in Europe
Ford is gracing the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas with unmatched fervour as it showcases more than 50 vehicles, easily making it the largest stand at the event. Aside from displaying these models, Ford Out Front is also offering attendees of the SEMA Show an opportunity to watch or ride in one of Ford’s performance car or trucks on a closed course.
Of course, some of the special models at Ford’s booth are customized renditions of the Ford Focus ST and the Ford Fiesta ST performance cars. These hot hatches from Ford Performance are modified in SEMA style to show how they could match the preferences as well as needs of their owners.
Ford Performance created a street- and track ready Focus ST, a rally-bound Focus ST, a cyclist’s Focus ST, a well-round Focus ST, a stylish support Fiesta ST, and a track-capable Fiesta ST.Read the entire article Ford presents custom Focus ST and Fiesta ST at 2015 SEMA Show
Ford will commence producing the Fiesta subcompact in Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia in 2015 as it bids to offset slumping demand for the Focus compact. Ford will build the Fiesta alongside the EcoSport small SUV, the American carmaker said in a statement.
Car sales in Russia have been dropping as the country experiences an economic slump – no thanks to Western sanctions as well as declining oil prices. According to figures from the Association of European Businesses (AEB), car sales in Russia dropped 13 percent in the first 10 months of 2014 to around 2 million vehicles.
Matters were worse at Ford, which saw its sales in the period dive 41 percent to 50,226 vehicles – led by an almost 60-percent drop in sales of the Focus to 22,526 units. A reason for the drop is the seen shift customers to subcompact models. The subcompact segment has overtaken the compact segment in Russia," a Ford Sollers spokeswoman remarked.Read the entire article Ford to build Fiesta in Russia to offset slump in Focus sales
After stopping B-Max production at its Romanian plant earlier this month, Ford also announced that it will cut production of the Fiesta in the fourth quarter of this year, at its plant in Cologne, Germany. Production will be stopped 11 days in October and November due to the fact that the demand on the European market slowed down in the second half of 2014.
Currently, the Fiesta is company’s best-seller in Europe and according to JATO Dynamics, Ford sold over 190,000 units in the first seven months of this year compared to 175,000 vehicles sold in the same period back in 2013.
In order to boost sales in Germany, Ford said that it will apply subsidies under the Kurzarbeit or short-work program because 4,000 workers will be affected by the production cut.Read the entire article Ford will halt Fiesta production in Germany for 11 days in October and November
Ford will still build the next generation Fiesta in Germany following an agreement with the works council. Ford inked an agreement that will cut the number of shifts from three to two at its vehicle assembly while increasing the frequency of shifts at its engine production to three.
While the agreement -- which covers all of Ford’s 24,000 Ford employees in Germany – entails a vow not to cut jobs, the carmaker could reap up to $400 million in savings on production costs from 2017 through 2021.
Stephen Odell, Ford’s head of Europe, said in a statement that the production of the Fiesta in Cologne underscores the carmaker’s commitment to invest in competitive vehicle production in Germany.Read the entire article Ford’s Cologne, Germany plant is still sole maker of next-generation Fiesta
FoMoCo has hiked output of the Ford Fiesta at its Cologne site in Germany to meet growing demand for the subcompact. The daily output for the Fiesta is now 1,850 units, up from 1,650 before the start of 2014. The carmaker has also six extra weekend shifts since February. The carmaker employs 4000 workers to build the Fiesta at the site.
Ford sold 4-percent less Fiesta in Europe in 2013 to just 292,640, but the subcompact remained the best-selling model in its segment, according to data from JATO Dynamics. Ford started building the Fiesta in 1976, with the model now in its seventh generation. Ford expects Fiesta production to top the 16-million mark this month.
In March, Automobilwoche reported that Ford was considering shifting production of the next-generation Fiesta to another site in Europe.Read the entire article Ford hikes the Fiesta output in Germany
Ken Block drove a 2013 Ford Fiesta ST RX43 rally car through an exciting series of obstacles in the sixth edition of the Gymkhana series of videos. Block, a famous professional driver and clothing-brand promoter, teamed up with Need for Speed to create the ultimate Gymkhana grid course, “a real-life playground to showcase the sheer speed, fun, and exhilarating action of driving.”
Need for Speed Rivals got Block as a racing advisor. What they put together really looks like a video game. Block is drifting sideways in perfect figure-eights under a couple of huge backhoe loaders, reminiscent of old Tony Hawk skating games. Block drives the 2013 Ford Fiesta ST RX43 and proves that this 650-hp, 650 lb-ft rally car can go from zero to 60 mph in 1.8 seconds.
Block shows how easily the car can move through Lamborghini Aventador supercars and around Segways. The wrecking ball in Block’s video is covered in spikes, and his rally car quickly goes around it over and over. The most interesting part is the interior shots, showing how calm Block is throughout the entire process. It even features a unique vantage point that moves whenever he pulls on the car’s hydraulic handbrake.Read the entire article Ken Block returns in Gymkhana 6
EPA has determined that the 2014 Ford Fiesta powered by the 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost turbocharged engine will return 32 mpg in the city, 45 mpg on the highway, and 37 mpg combined. This means that it is the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid, non-diesel car on sale in the U.S. in existence.
2014 Ford Fiesta is the first car available in the U.S. to feature the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine that has been on sale in Europe for some time. This engine is offered only with a five-speed manual transmission and has an output of 123 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque, even as an overboost function can offer 145 lb-ft for 15-second bursts.
Last June, the tiny three-cylinder engine was named International Engine of the Year. The EcoBoost engine has a considerably better fuel economy than the other versions of the 2014 Ford Fiesta that are equipped with a 1.6-liter inline-four engine with a rating of 120 hp and 112 lb-ft. The 2014 Ford Fiesta, when fitted with the optional Super Fuel Economy package and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, is capable of returning up to 30/41 mpg (city/highway).Read the entire article EPA rates the 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost at 45 mpg highway
Ford is introducing a mid-cycle overhaul of its Fiesta, which is now sleeker and comes in more varieties. Just like the high-profile launch in 2010, Ford will rely on its Fiesta Movement social media campaign, which has been retooled. The redesigned Fiesta, which has a starting price of $14,795, including shipping, is now available in Ford dealerships.
Ford will roll out the sporty Fiesta ST at the end of the summer with the 1.6-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine. The carmaker will follow it up with a Fiesta ST version powered by the 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost.
The outgoing Fiesta models do not feature EcoBoost engines. Scott Simmers, general manager of Palm Springs Ford in Cathedral City, and Fiesta Ford in Indio, both in California, told Automotive News that Fiesta’s new and wider lineup will boost its appeal. He said that the Fiesta accounts for 25 percent of volume at Palm Springs Ford and 28 percent at Fiesta Ford.Read the entire article Ford adjusts social media campaign for redesigned Fiesta
Ford announced that the 2014 Fiesta is now EPA-certified at 41 mpg highway and that its small car achieved an impressive 30 mpg in the city and 34 mpg combined. These numbers make the 2014 Ford Fiesta the only subcompact car to surpass 40 mpg. According to Ford, two technologies helped the new Fiesta achieve these impressive fuel economy numbers – its advanced aerodynamics but also the dry, dual-clutch PowerShift automatic transmission.
The Fiesta features the SFE package that adds rear spoiler, side air deflectors, underbody shields, lower grille blockers, low-rolling-resistance tires and cruise control. Thanks to all the elements, the vehicle needs less fuel to push the car through the air at speed. Regarding the PowerShift transmission, this consists of two manual transmission (in the same case) that work in parallel.
Each has its own independent clutch unit controlled by computers, and fast-acting electromechanical actuators that shift the gears. “The 2014 model is shaping up to be a game changer for Fiesta,” said Liz Elser, Ford Fiesta marketing manager.Read the entire article 2014 Ford Fiesta rated by EPA at 41 mpg on the highway
Ford Motor Co. is planning to transfer the output of the Ford Fiesta subcompact from Mexico to Thailand in 2016 as part of its bid to ease production constraints in North America, according to report by Detroit News, citing sources privy to the matter. The report said that Ford will transfer production of the Fiesta from its sites in Cuautitlán, Mexico, and Chennai, India, to its plant in Thailand.
Ford already builds Fiesta in its Rayong site in Thailand, but it remains unclear whether the carmaker would shift production to this location or to other plants in the country. Ford spokeswoman Kristina Adamski told the News that the carmaker is always looking to optimize its global manufacturing capability. Ford builds the Fiesta at 10 plants around the world. According to the News, Ford wants to free up its North America’s capacity to pave way for the production of other nameplates.
The company's executives see the growing importance of Southeast Asia as a manufacturing region, and have pointed to Thailand as a model of success, according to a Bloomberg report.Read the entire article Ford may transfer Fiesta production from Mexico to Thailand
Ford Motor Company and Schaeffler conducted a demonstration of the Fiesta-based eWheelDrive car, a research vehicle that could result to improvements in urban mobility and parking through production of smaller, more agile cars. The eWheelDrive is powered by independent electric motors in each of the rear wheels and offers room under the bonnet which usually occupied by the engine and transmission in conventional cars and by a central motor in electric cars.
The eWheelDrive technology could, in the future, support the development of a four-person car as small as a current two-person car. The eWheelDrive steering system designs could allow the car to move sideways into parking spaces – a possible breakthrough since cities are becoming more congested.
With in-wheel motors, the part required for drive, deceleration and driver assistance technologies -- – including the electric motor, braking and cooling systems -- are fitted in an integrated wheel hub drive.Read the entire article Ford and Schaeffler show off Fiesta-based eWheelDrive car
When the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST will go on sale later in the year, be prepared to spend slightly under $15,000 for the base 2014 Fiesta and $22,195 to acquire the new pint-sized hot hatch. The base price of the 2014 Fiesta ST is a bit lower than the Focus ST, which is priced from $24,495. The standard equipment for the Fiesta ST includes Ford’s 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4 with an output of 197-hp and 214 lb-ft of torque in the Fiesta ST application.
This engine is couple with a six-speed manual transmission. The optional features include a set of gray wheels that costs $375, navigation that’s priced at $795, and the Recaro bucket seat option that has a price tag of $1995, making it one of the least expensive models that have Recaro seats.
A fully loaded Fiesta ST costs just $26,195 while a Focus ST with similar features costs slightly more than $30,000.Read the entire article 2014 Ford Fiesta priced from $14,795, Fiesta ST will cost $22,195
Ford has decided to relaunch the Fiesta Movement campaign as part of a strategy to sell the 2014 Fiesta. In 2009, this program had Ford giving away free cars to “influencers” who record details and gains about their Fiestas online. The new program will give away a 2014 Ford Fiesta to each of the 100 “social influencers,” like celebrities and members of the last Fiesta Movement, in exchange for making social media content about the model.
Ford is doing this due to the belief that millennials (who are those born since the mid-1980s) account for a huge number of Fiesta customers so Ford hopes to sell its new car directly to them. Those who joined the 2009 Fiesta Movement (who are known in ford as ‘Agents’) drove more than a million miles, created 50,000 pieces of online content, and had been seen nearly 30 million times.
Ford advertising manager Keith Koeppen said in a statement that millennials like being a part of the brands they feel represent them. He added that this demographic is used to building content about their lives, so it seems sensible that their creativity is given a bigger platform with wider scale. He said that these ‘Agents’ will receive a free 2014 Ford Fiesta, as well as free gas and insurance.Read the entire article Ford has decided to relaunch the Fiesta Movement campaign
Ford Motor Co. sold 306,405 Ford Fiestas in Europe in 2012, according to JATO Dynamics. This means that Ford sold a new Ford Fiesta every two minutes in 2012 in 30 European markets monitored by JATO, making this model the top-selling small car in the region. Overall, Ford sold 953,174 cars in Europe last year.
Ford recently disclosed that it sold over 1.4 million vehicles across all of the 51 European markets where it operates in last year. Ford sold nearly 110,000 Fiesta in the United Kingdom in 2012, allowing the model to retain its title as the best-selling car, which it has been holding since 2009. In anticipation of the arrival of the latest Fiesta model, Ford’s 530 dealers in the UK scheduled Jan. 24, 2012 as “Fiesta Day” to help manage exceptional levels of interest in the ever-popular model.
Ford likewise launched a new Facebook app that analyses information on profile pages to match users with their ideal Fiesta specification. The Facebook app encourages visitors to submit their ideas on the perfect 24 hours in a new Fiesta – as already experienced and enjoyed by singing star Jessie Ware. Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe, remarked that the Ford Fiesta had a “fantastic” 2012 in the UK, Europe and across the world.Read the entire article Ford Fiesta is top-selling small car in Europe in 2012
Owners of the new Ford Fiesta range, which has six of its models below the road tax threshold, will receive free parking in Essex County Council's parks. These cars with CO2 emissions under 100g/km are already exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty and the London Congestion Charge. This county is where Ford’s UK headquarters, product development centre and production facilities are located.
The new Ford Fiesta is available with any of the three 1.0-litre petrol, two 1.6 TDCi and 1.5 TDCi diesel engines. They all have emissions of lower than 100g CO2/km, equivalent to the fuel economy of between 65.7 and 85.6mpg. Other models that are eligible include two Ford Fiesta Vans and two Ford Focus models.
Ford's Dunton Technical Centre and Dagenham Diesel Centre developed all of their engines. Dagenham builds Ford’s diesel engines. Essex County Council said that drivers of any car, which emits 99g/km or below of CO2 emissions will not be required to pay for parking at its nine country parks.Read the entire article 2013 Ford Fiesta customers will get free parking in Essex
You’ll be surprised at how frugal the new Ford Fiesta Van is. Set to launch in 2013, this agile and stylish car-derived van for big and small businesses offers top-of-the-class fuel efficiency and technologies that are new to its segment. The new Fiesta Van is available with diesel engines that could all attain sub-100g/km CO2 emissions and 76.4mpg or better.
Fiesta ECOnetic Van is equipped with fuel-saving technologies to deliver best-in-class 87g/km and 85.6mpg. No other automaker in this class could match these figures. The Ford Fiesta Van comes with a very functional 1.0 cubic metre load space, giving businesses a flexible van with the appeal of a classic Fiesta.
The load compartment comes with a secure steel bulkhead and four cargo tie-down hooks, which were both designed in compliance with the international DIN standard for load restraints. It also features a sturdy rubber floor mat and resilient sidewall trim. There’s a bigger space for bulky items since the van has a load length of 1.3 metres and gross payload that ranges from 485-508kg.Read the entire article Ford introduces the facelifted Fiesta Van
Amid the trend of consumer electronics gadgets getting smaller, Ford will offer next year a MyFord Touch with a new 6.5-inch LCD touch screen on the 2014 Ford Fiesta. This offering coincides with Ford’s five-year anniversary of its highly awarded SYNC in-vehicle connectivity system. Over 5 million cars and trucks equipped with this system have been sold.
SYNC was first launched on the 2008 Focus, which was its most compact and cheapest car back then. By offering MyFord Touch on the Fiesta, Ford shows its commitment to making technology affordable and accessible to everyone.
Moody said that the company expects the brand to get a boost from the availability of MyFord Touch among in-market shoppers. It determined that 65% of those who want to buy a vehicle have said that SYNC is a factor in their purchase consideration.Read the entire article 2014 Fiesta gets the MyFord Touch with improved Voice Recognition, Navigation and Phone Pairing
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