Ford Fiesta
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Production 1976–present
Class Supermini (B)


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Length 4,040–4,068 mm (159.1–160.2 in)
Width 1,734–1,783 mm (68.3–70.2 in)
Height 1,483–1,498 mm (58.4–59.0 in)
Wheelbase 2,493 mm (98.1 in)
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Designer Ivan Telesca

The Ford Fiesta is a mid-class/subcompact 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 and 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 2007.

The European arm of the Ford Motor Company needed a compact,good gas milage, economical and reliable small car in the early Seventies to compete with stiff competition from Renault's 5 and Fiat's 127, but also to meet demands of consumers, who had suddenly become aware of how important fuel economy was in light of the 1973 oil crisis. The eventual product was launched in 1975, and was of modern, single-box design. It was one of Europe's first hatchback models - and one of the first front-wheel drive production cars. The Fiesta was an instant success, and continues to sell strongly over thirty years after its launch.

See Autopedia's comprehensive Ford Fiesta Review.

Recent Changes[]

  • On December 08, 2009, Ford of UK launched the Fiesta ECOnetic van. Priced at £11,635, it is motivated by a 1.6-litre TDCi with coated diesel particulate filter, allowing it to return a combined fuel economy in the European driving cycle of 76.3mpg UK which is the equivalent of 63.2mpg US and 3.7 lt/100km, with CO2 emissions of just 98g/km. It also hosts a raft of changes including a lowered suspension, rear wheel air deflectors, 14-inch wheels with six-spoke aerodynamic covers and low rolling resistance tires size 175/65 R14, the addition of a green shift-indicator light, modified engine calibration and finally, a higher gear ratio. [1]
  • For the 2009 Guangzhou Motor Show, Ford launched the Ford Fiesta Sedan. [2][3]
  • The 2008 London Motor Show hosted the debut of the ultra-frugal and eco-friendly Ford Fiesta ECOnetic. The car is based on the 1.6 litre Duratorq TDCi Fiesta Diesel variant, albeit calibrated, but features a longer final-drive-ratio of 3.055:1, the Fiesta Zetec S’s lower suspension and other aerodynamic styling measures. This means it turns an impressive fuel economy rating of 63.6 mpg (3.7lt /100km or 76.3 UK mpg) and emits only 98 g/km of CO2. [4]
  • At the 2008 Beijing Motor Show (aka Auto China), Ford debuted the higher-spec Fiesta S variant. It is scheduled to commence production at the end of the year as a 2009 model at the CFMA factory in Nanjing. [5]
  • Days before its initial debut at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, Ford unveiled the new Ford Fiesta on the automotive internet blogosphere. The new model is significant in that it now features styling derived from the extremely well-received Ford Verve Concept. It will also be the first Fiesta to be sold in the USDM-market since 1980 (a full 30 years), albeit not until 2010 along with the Asian, South African and Australian market. As it stands, the Fiesta will only be available in Europe for the first 2 years of its life. [6][7]
  • With the current Ford Fiesta nearing the end of its production, Ford unveiled a last hurrah 1500 unit limited edition model dubbed the Fiesta ‘Black Magic’. The car features a special ‘Panther Black’ metallic livery, black powder-coated 16in alloy, new front fog lights and front and rear bumpers, tinted glass, center console aluminum trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, premium stereo system and electrically adjustable and heated mirrors and performance tires. Motivation will come from either a 70hp 1.2L unit or a 80hp 1.6 petrol engine.
  • For 2008, The Fiesta jumps into a new generation which will look similar to these official images:
  • For 2007, the Fiesta has been given a mild facelift. New light units have been designed, front and rear, along with new bumpers. The colour charts and options lists have been revamped, and new alloy wheel designs have been made available. Bluetooth technology, satellite navigation and voice control are now available. Inside, new trims and fabrics have been introduced, with a view to improving the perceived quality of the Fiesta.

The most recent addition to the model range is the Fiesta Zetec S 30th Anniversary Edition, which is limited to 400 cars. On top of the standard Zetec S, the Anniversary adds bright Radian Yellow paintwork, full leather seats and a chequered flag decal on the roof.

  • For 2006, Ford introduced two new Fiesta models - the ST and Zetec S, both performance orientated. The ST tops off the Fiesta range, much as it does with its bigger brother, the Focus, and the Zetec S is designed to bring added performance to the masses, with cheap buying, running and insurance costs. Both benefit from extra body addenda over the standard Fiesta range, and unique alloy wheels and interior trim.

Styles and Major Options[]

The 2007 Ford Fiesta can be ordered in a number of trims. These are -


The Studio is the bottom of the Fiesta range, and as such is sparsely specified. 15-inch pressed steel wheels are hidden behind wheel trims, and the only equipment on the car are airbags, power steering and central locking. However, it does feature a socket into which an MP3 player can be plugged into.


The Style builds upon the spartan specification of the Studio by adding body coloured bumpers, remote central locking, a CD player and Ford's 'Quickclear' heated windscreen. Powered mirrors are also standard equipment. The Style can be ordered with the 1.25 litre, 1.4 litre and 1.6 litre petrol engines, along with the 1.4 TDCi diesel.

The Style Climate adds air conditioning to the specification.


The Fiesta Silver is available as a three-door only, with only the two smallest petrol engines and the smallest diesel engine available to order. However, the Freedom is very well equipped for its price - alloy wheels, colour coordinated bumpers, electric mirrors, air conditioning, CD player and a Quickclear heated windscreen are all standard. The interior also gets a smattering of silver coloured plastic, for example, on the gearstick.


The most recent addition to the Fiesta range, the Freedom claims to be the 'cleverest car in its class'. Ford claims this due to the presence of standard voice control for both the CD player and your mobile phone, which can be connected via the (standard) Bluetooth connection.

Externally, the Freedom gets the same alloy wheels as the Silver, but adds front foglights to the package, along with a small rear spoiler.


Also known as the Zetec Climate in certain markets, the Zetec builds upon the specification list of the Style. All external components, including the mirrors, bumpers and side mouldings are coordinated to the body colour, and alloy wheels are again standard. A small rear spoiler is also present.

Inside, the silver highlights again make an appearance, along with a leather-covered steering wheel and gear stick. All engines (apart from the ST-specific high-tune 1.6 petrol) are available, and the Zetec is available in three and five-door formats.


The Ghia is the luxury choice of the Fiesta range - admittedly, that's a bit of a paradox, but the Ghia does boast expansive levels of standard equipment.

Inside, leather seats, steering wheel and gear stick are present, along with a CD player, air conditioning, carpet mats, additional lighting and rain-sensing window wipers. The headlights are also responsive to changing light levels, turning on automatically.

Outside, trim-specific alloy wheels are fitted, and again everthing is coordinated to body colour. The Ghia is available in both three and five door formats, and can be ordered with the full range of engines (ST 2.0 excluded).

Zetec S[]

The Zetec S sits beneath the ST at the top of the Fiesta tree. A unique, 12-spoke 16-inch alloy wheel design is fitted, along with sports suspension and aggressive body styling. A short-shift kit is also standard.

Inside, front sports seats, featuring bigger bolsters, are standard.

The Zetec S comes with either the 1.6 petrol or 1.6 TDCi engines. The Zetec S is also the base for the 30th Anniversary Edition.


Inspired by Ford's Fiesta rally car, the ST is the highest performing Fiesta on sale. Fitted with a 2.0 litre petrol engine, the car develops 150 bhp - enough to give it 'hot hatch' status.

To conform to the performance image, 17-inch alloy wheels are standard, along with a bodykit and Viper stripes. Inside, sports seats are also standard, along with ST-branded steering wheel and gear knob.


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Gas Mileage[]

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Engine and Transmission[]

Ford Fiesta is one of the most popular sedan model in the Indian auto market. In the Indian auto market, Ford Fiesta is well known for offering style, comfort and better engine performance. In mid segment car category Ford Fiesta provides high stability while on the drive with high comfort level. Solid body of Ford Fiesta can withstand in even the most severe collision. Fabrics of Ford Fiesta are very high quality with very cool and elegant interiors. Cup holders, cigarette lighter jacks, anti roll bars and the music system are some of the standard features of Ford Fiesta. Moreover the driver side seat is adjustable so that it can offer safe ride even in the harsh situations. This car is attempting to conquer a segment that demands everything, style, engine ride, comfort among other things that make for a good car. It has nice smooth flowing lines, and unlike say the Indigo, Ford Fiesta head light this car was always designed to be a 3 boxer.

In the Indian auto market, Ford Fiesta is available with two different powered engine options. As we it is available with seven variants out of which its four variants are powered by petrol engine and rest three variants are powered by diesel engine. The petrol variants of Ford Fiesta are powered by a 1.6L, 1596cc, Duratec petrol engine that produces 101bhp power at 6500rpm and 14.9kgm of maximum torque at 3400rpm. On the other the hand diesel variants of Ford Fiesta are powering by a 1.4L, 1399cc, Duratorq TDCi diesel engine with five speed manual gear-box that producing maximum power of 68PS at 4000rpm and 163kgm of maximum torque at 2000rpm.

The newer version of Ford Fiesta which is also known as Ford Fiesta 2011 is ready to hit the Indian roads. The car is expected to be launched in July 2011.

As per the details available at Ford Fiesta


All Ford Fiestas are supplied with a three year/30,000 mile manufacturers warranty. This is the norm for the class.

The Fiesta has been rated average in consumer satisfaction surveys, but being a small Ford, it's relatively simple and easy to maintain. Parts costs are reasonably low - although at main franchised dealers, labour costs can be quite high. Faults reported by customers have included poor seals on the pollen filter, ECU and electrical glitches, heater problems and, in 1.4 TDCi models, broken fuel pipes.


Impact Protection About 400 virtual crash simulations were done during the Fiesta's development, with every simulation taking approximately 5 hours of a super computer. Each of these computers have 256 CPU's (a normal computer has one) and 10,00,000 MB RAM (a normal computer has 512mb). In fact, the computers engaged in this exercise are similar to the ones used by NASA.

ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes System) with EBD EBD - Electronic Brake-Force Distribution varies the brake force to each of the wheels and with ABS helps maintains steering control.

Dual Front Airbag Dual front air bags protect occupants. Just one of the many safety features in the Ford Fiesta. As per the details available at Ford Fiesta Safety Features

The Ford Fiesta has been tested by EuroNCAP since the release of the Mark Four. The Mark Six was tested in 2002, upon its release, and scored a credible four star rating, out of a maximum five. The score breaks down into the following:

  • Front Impact Test - 11 Points.
  • Side Impact Test - 14 Points.
  • Total - 25 Points, four from five stars.
  • Pedestrian Protection - 14 Points, merits two star pedestrian rating.

The Mark Five model scored a three star occupant protection rating, and the Mark Four received another three star result.

The Mark Seven model has received 5 stars for adult occupant protection, 4 stars for child occupant protection and 3 stars for pedestrian protection from the Euro NCAP. [8]


2022 Fiesta


Fiesta ST

USDM Hatch and Sedan

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Brazilian Market[]

  • Arctic White
  • Camburi Ash (Pearl $1880,00)
  • Ebony Black
  • Milan Red (Pearl $1880,00)
  • Red Harpooner
  • Silver Cove (Metallic $788,00)
  • Silver Riviera (Metallic $788,00)

UK Market[]

  • Amethyst (Metallic £375.00)
  • Apple (Metallic £375.00)
  • Blazer Blue
  • Colorado Red
  • Frozen White
  • Moondust Silver (Metallic £375.00)
  • Ocean (Metallic £375.00)
  • Panther Black (Metallic £375.00)
  • Tango Red (Metallic £375.00)

Australian Market[]

  • Colorado Red
  • Frozen White
  • Squeeze(Bright lime - Optional prestige colour)
  • Morello(Purplish maroon - Optional prestige colour)
  • Sea Grey (Optional prestige colour)
  • Vision (Bright blue - Optional prestige colour)
  • Ocean (Dark blue - Optional prestige colour)
  • Panther Black (Optional prestige colour)
  • Moondust Silver (Optional prestige colour)

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Hybrid Models[]

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Unique Attributes[]

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"We have come to expect fine ergonomics from Ford" - Nic Cackett, Autocar on the 2013 Ford Fiesta.

USDM interior

Resale Values[]

The Fiesta holds its value quite well, especially the more desireable models such as the ST and Zetec S. However, being such a common car, large car dealers offer discounts upon new Fiestas readily, which can harm the residual value. Specification is key to residual value - especially colour. For example, a silver car holds more value than a bright yellow or white one. Options such as air conditioning, especially on older models, boost prices.


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The Ford Fiesta has been in production for nearly forty years, and in that time been produced over seven different generations.

Seventh generation (2017)[]

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2018 Ford Fiesta.

On November 29, 2016, the seventh-generation Fiesta (Mark VII, or Mark VIII in UK) was announced in Germany, being bigger, roomier, safer, more efficient, and more upmarket. The Fiesta range expanded to include new additions - a crossover-styled variant called the Fiesta Active, and the luxury Fiesta Vignale.

The Fiesta has been withdrawn from North America, South America, Australasia, and Asia, according to Ford, due to the popularity of SUVs, and pickup trucks, such as the Ranger and Escape. However, the Ford Fiesta ST continues to be sold in Australia due to popularity.

Fiesta ST (2018–present)[]

On February 24, 2017, the seventh-generation Fiesta ST was announced. It features an all-new 200 PS three-cylinder, 1.5-litre Ecoboost engine with turbocharger and cylinder deactivation technology.

The all-new Fiesta ST also includes three selectable driving modes, a first for the model. These include "Normal", "Sport", and "Race Track". Each mode changes the characteristics of the car, including the steering feel, throttle response, deactivating the engine 'start-stop' feature, and opening the flap in the exhaust, which increases the sound of the car.

The Fiesta ST was released on May 7, 2018. Despite being heavier than the previous ST model, the new ST can go from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.5 seconds. Power and torque have been increased to 197 bhp (200 PS) and 290 N⋅m (214 lbf⋅ft), respectively, which match the figures of the limited-edition Fiesta ST200 of the previous generation. From launch, it is available in either a three-door or five-door body style, and comes standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, with no option of an automatic. On April 1, 2019, the Fiesta ST-1 was discontinued, leaving only the ST-2 and ST-3 models.

In April 2019, Ford announced a new limited-edition model to the ST range called the "Performance Edition". Although named "Performance", the Fiesta ST does not gain any power upgrades to the standard ST. The car is based on the ST-3 model and comes with multiple options that would normally be a cost option to an ST, such as LED headlights, B&O sound system, and Performance Pack. To differentiate the Performance Edition, the car comes with exclusive options, namely standard Deep Orange paint, lowered and adjustable ride height, and lighter multispoke alloy wheels.

2022 facelift[]

In September 2021, Ford announced and released images of the facelifted Ford Fiesta, and Fiesta ST due to be released at the beginning of 2022. The new models come with a new front bumper, other visual modifications and a new 'Wrong Way Alert' safety feature over the previous model. The higher specification models also include increased torque, matrix LED headlights and upgraded technology like a fully digital instrument binnacle.

The 3-door Fiesta was discontinued during Spring 2022.

Sixth generation (B299/B409; 2008)[]

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Mark Seven Ford Fiesta (Pre-Facelift).

The sixth-generation Fiesta, also known as Mark VI or Mark VII in the UK, was shown in concept form as the Ford Verve at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2007, and marketed in principal European markets, Australia and the United States. Developed under the project code B299 and B409, this model uses the new Ford global B-car platform.

The model was launched under the company’s new "One Ford" strategy, which called for single models to be manufactured and sold globally to achieve efficiency and economies of scale, instead of making regional models. Production started at Ford's Cologne plant in Germany in August 2008. A second plant in Valencia, Spain, started production in early 2009. Production in China, Thailand, and Mexico started from late 2008 to 2010.[21][22] In Brazil, the production of the hatchback version started in 2013.

In late September 2012 at the Paris Motor Show,[24] the facelifted Fiesta for the European market went on sale in 2013. It was the first to use Ford's latest corporate front end, which included the newly-introduced trapezoidal grille.


The five-door hatchback was sold globally except in India. The three-door hatchback version was sold in Europe (except Russia), Australasia, and select parts of Asia such as Singapore.


The van version was sold only in Europe. It uses the same body shell as the three-door hatchback, modified with solid panels in place of the rear quarter windows and a flat load floor replacing the rear seats.


A saloon version was launched in November 2008 at the Guangzhou Auto Show.[19] It started sales the following year in China, and from 2010 it became available across Asia and North America.[19] The four-door saloon model, while longer by almost 50 cm (19.7 in), retains the same wheelbase as the hatchback model. It was not marketed in Europe, but produced and marketed in Russia from 2015.



First introduced in Paris Motor Show in late September 2012, the facelifted Fiesta for the European market went on sale in 2013. It was the first to use Ford's latest corporate front end started which include the new trapezoidal grille, later used on other models including the Focus, Fusion and Mustang. Similar updates as the facelift-update in European market were introduced in the North American market as the 2014 model year. Luxurious equipment from the Focus and Mondeo was also made available on the facelifted Titanium X model. Engines in Europe were also changed, with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost from the Focus debuting, with 100 PS (74 kW; 99 bhp) and 125 PS (92 kW; 123 bhp), and a naturally aspirated version of the same engine producing 80 PS (59 kW; 79 bhp).

Variants include :[]

  • 5 door hathback (Sold globally except India and North America. )
  • 3 door hatchback (Europe, Australasia, Singapore)
  • 4 door sedan (Originally in China and South America, later sold in other parts of Asia and Australasia.)

Fifth generation (BE256; 2002)[]

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Mark Six Ford Fiesta 5 door.

On April 1, 2002, the Fiesta Mark V was unveiled. This generation of the Ford Fiesta (Mk5) is often referred to as Mk6. This is because the previous model, the Mk4 Fiesta, was often called the Mk5 after it received a facelift in 1999. In other words, the 2002-2008 Fiesta is the fifth generation model, and what is often referred to as Mk5 is just a facelift model of the Mk4 – different looking front but still the same car.[16] Production at Almussafes Plant started on April 29, 2002. Most engines were carried over from the previous Fiesta, but renamed "Duratec", as the "Zetec" name was now solely used for sportier models. The previous push-rod 1.3 L engine was initially available in the UK, but this was quickly replaced with a Rocam 1.3 L, both under the name Duratec 8v.

In 2004, the ST trim was introduced, a performance trim for the Fiesta. It was targeted for the 'hothatch' 


Mark Six Ford Fiesta Sedan.

segment  where it compete with the other sport 

hathbacks, such as the Volkswagen Golf GTi.

A faster version of the ST is the RS trim. Inspired by the Fiesta rally car, it produces 180 hp (130 kw).

The range has stayed stagnant until early 2006, when a small facelift was executed. New bumpers, side 

skirts, body mouldings and light units, along with newer wheel designs completed the exterior, while the interior benefitted from newer plastics and fabrics to give a better air of quality.

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Mark 6 Ford Fiesta ST, the 'hothatch' version of the regular Fiesta.

The facelift coincided with the release of the two highest performing Fiesta models - the Zetec S and ST.

Overall it is offered in :

  • 5 door hatchback
  • 3 door hatchback
  • 5 door sedan

Fourth generation (BE91; 1995)[]

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The Mk5 Fiesta Zetec S

The Mark Four's sales had been flagging by the end of the 20th Century, and Ford decided to thoroughly update the car for the new millenium. The old oval grille and lights at the front were scrapped, replaced with more upright units carrying the family look. The bonnet and front bumper were also replaced to complete the modernisation.

Under the bonnet, engines remained fairly similar to its predecessor, however colour charts, options lists and interior fabrics were revamped. New wheel designs made their way onto the refreshed models, and Ford unveiled its first true performance Fiesta - the Zetec S. This was inspired by the Fiesta's success in British and European rallying championships, and was sold in exclusive Imperial Blue metallic,Silver,Black and Colorado Red. The Zetec S also featured a one off interior exclusive to the car with additions of half racing seats and the half blue steering wheel of the Racing Puma,a high output engine and exclusive bodywork.

Third generation (BE13; 1989)[]

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The Mk4 Fiesta

In 1995, Ford rocked the small car world with the new Fiesta. Gone were the dull looks and sluggish performance of the Mark Three - instead, the new Mark Four looked modern, and set the handling benchmark for its class. Despite retaining the same basic framework as its predecessor, the Mark Four featured completely revamped suspension and chassis components, and was treated to the mould-breaking 'Zetec' engines, both in 1.25 litre and 1.4 litre capacity. The interior was thoroughly changed, although was criticised for being cramped, especially in the rear.

The 1.3 litre petrol engine, and the 1.8 diesel, remained unmodified, and the five-speed manual and automatic gearboxes were retained also.

The Mark Four marked the beginning of Ford's short-lived collaboration with Mazda. A version of this Fiesta was also sold by Mazda, badged as the Mazda 121 in Europe and the Mazda Soho in South Africa, although this model was eventually dropped in the UK. In the US, Ford had already sold a Kia-built version of the Mazda 121 as the Ford Festiva, while restyled versions of Mazda's 323 and 626 were sold in Asia and Australasia as the Ford Laser and Ford Telstar.

Second generation (1983)[]

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The Mk3 Fiesta

Launched early in 1989, the third generation Fiesta was a comprehensive reskin of the old car with an all-new body shell. This addressed one of the Fiesta's most serious shortcoming - the lack of a five-door derivative. Despite looking more modern than the Mark Two, under the skin most of the mechanicals were the same - the only changes were the addition of fuel injection to the XR2 and the re-naming of the 'Valencia' family of engines to 'HCS'. As a result, the standard car was an uninspiring and dull drive - but this didn't deter Europe's small car buyers, as the Mk3 Fiesta sold a million inside 2 years.

The Mark Three had two high peformance variants - the aforementioned XR2, and the lairy RS Turbo. The RS Turbo had a turbocharged version of the fuel-injected XR2 lump, giving the small Fiesta the ability to top 130 mph.

First generation (1976)[]

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The Mk2 Fiesta

The Fiesta was initially available in Europe with the Valencia 957 cc (58.4 cu in) inline-four engine (I4) with high- and low-compression options, and 1,117 cc (68.2 cu in) engines and in Base, Popular, Popular Plus, L, GL (1978 onward), Ghia, and S trim levels, as well as a van. The US Mark I Fiesta was built in Cologne, but to slightly different specifications; US models were Base, Decor, Sport, and Ghia, with the Ghia having the highest level of trim.[7] These trim levels changed very little in the Fiesta's three-year run in the US, from 1978 to 1980. All US models featured the more powerful 1,596 cc (97.4 cu in) engine, (which was the older "Crossflow" version of the Kent, rather than the Valencia) fitted with a catalytic converter and air pump to satisfy strict Californian emission regulations), energy-absorbing bumpers, side-marker lamps, round sealed-beam headlamps, and improved crash dynamics and fuel system integrity, as well as optional air conditioning (which was not available in Europe). In the US market, the North American Ford Escort replaced both the Fiesta and the compact Pinto in 1981, competing with the Chevrolet Chevette and Chevrolet Cavalier.

A sporting derivative (1.3 L Supersport) was offered in Europe for the 1980 model year, using the 1.3 L (79 cu in) Kent Crossflow engine, effectively to test the market for the similar XR2 introduced a year later, which featured a 1.6-litre version of the same engine. Black plastic trim was added to the exterior and interior. The small, square headlights were replaced with larger circular ones, with the front indicators being moved into the bumper to accommodate the change.


Mark One (1976-1983)[]


The Mk1 Fiesta

Launched in 1976, the Ford Fiesta was the company's first mass-market front wheel drive car. The Mk1 Fiesta was intended to be a 'world car' - versions were sold on mainland Europe, in the UK but also in America, where it was marketed from 1978 to 1980. Mechanically, the Fiesta followed tradition, with an end-on four-speed transaxle mounted to a new version of the Ford Kent overhead valve engine dubbed "Valencia", named after the brand new Spanish factory developed especially to produce the new car. Ford's plants in Dagenham, England and Cologne, Germany were also used to manufacture Fiestas.

The Fiesta reached critical acclaim in the world press, and was a runaway success - one million examples had been produced by January 1979. The car was available with 950 cc, 1.1 and 1.3 petrol engines and in base, L, Ghia and S trim, as well as a van. A sporting derivative (1.3 Supersport) was offered in 1980, effectively to test the market for the similar XR2 introduced one year later, which featured a 1.6 litre version of the same engine. The XR2 quickly became a cult model despite having only 84 bhp.


The Fiesta has made an appearance in many markets around the globe - both under the Fiesta name and new tags coined to give the impression of a different car.

The first evidence of world domination was in 1978, when the car was sold in the USA, as a sub-compact car. Sales were not particularly fantastic, and the model was dropped from 1981. However, the Fiesta continued to be manufactured and sold throughout Europe.

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The Ikon, based upon Mk5

The next experiment into other continental markets came in 1995, when a pick-up version of the Mk4 was produced and sold in Brazil as the Ford Courier. The same car was sold also in South Africa as the Ford Bantam. The Mk4 was also rebadged as a Mazda, and sold through Europe as the 121, and as the Soho in South Africa. 2000 marked Ford's collaboration with Indian car manufacturer Mahindra, to produce a four-door saloon version called the Ikon. It was also sold in developing markets such as Mexico, South Africa and China.

The Mark Six continued the sedan format for developing markets from 2004.

The sixth generation Fiesta first went on sale in 2003 in Australia to replace the long-gone Festiva. With the new Fiesta, it added tougher competition in the small car market and became the arch rival of Holden's Barina. It won Australia's Best Small Car in 2004 and is renowned as the best handling small car and sales were good. In 2007, Ford released a sports model for the Fiesta known as the XR4 (or ST for the European market) with GT stripes for a $3000 option.

The trim levels are CL, LX, Zetec and Ghia (until 2008 when the model was dropped). In the current generation, the automatic CL comes only with a 1.4L engine to cut costs. The new ECOnetic will be on sale on December 2009 and will be the only diesel in the Fiesta range.

For more information on the trim levels for the Australian Market Fiesta, follow this link.

Trim levels for Australian Ford Fiesta.

Ford Fiesta In Pop Culture[]

On Top Gear Jermey Clarkson did a "sensible" road test of the Fiesta that ended up being chased round a shopping center and driving up a beach in an army training exercise.

The Ford Fiesta was featured in Forza Motorsport 4. By customising it, you can make it look similar to the Ford Fiesta WRC.

A popular rock band, Hollywood Undead, has made many remarks to the Fiesta in their songs "Gansta Sexy", "'Everywhere I Go", and "My Town."


  • 2004 RACV Australia's Best Small Car
  • 2009 RACV Best Small Car Under $20,000
  • 2010 Drive Best City Car (Contender)

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Trucks/SUVs: [[link titleFord Cargo|Cargo]] · Bantam · E-Series · Chateau Wagon · Econovan · Edge · Escape · Escape Hybrid · Flex · Expedition · Explorer · Explorer Sport Trac · Everest/Endeavour · F-150 SVT Raptor · F-Series (includes Super Duty) · Fusion (International) · Pronto · · Courier · Territory · Tourneo · Tourneo Connect · Transit · Transit Connect · Van (Taiwanese) · i-MAX (Europe and Asia) · Kuga · Courier (South America)


Model A (1903-1904) · Model AC · Model B · Model C · Model F · Model K · Model N · Model R · Model S · Model T · Model TT · Model A (1927-1931) · Model B · Model Y · Model C · Model CX · Junior Popular · Junior De Luxe · Aerostar · Anglia · Bantam · Bronco · Capri · Consul · Corcel · Corsair · Cortina · Country Sedan · Country Squire · Del Rio · Eifel · Escort · Escort (European) · Fairlane · Fairlane (Australian) · Fairmont (Australia) · Festiva · Galaxie · Köln · Laser · LTD · LTD Crown Victoria · Mainline · Maverick · Meteor · Parklane · Pilot · Pinto · Popular · Prefect · Rheinland · Sierra · Thunderbird · Model 7Y · Model 7W · Vedette · Ranchero · Squire · Taunus · · Versailles · Zephyr · Falcon · GT40 · Torino · Torino Talladega · Elite · LTD II · Fairmont · Granada · Bronco II · Del Rey · EXP · Orion · Probe · Scorpio · Telstar · Tempo · Verona · Aspire · Contour · Puma · Windstar · ZX2 · Excursion · Five Hundred · Freestar · Freestyle · GT · Customline · Taurus X · Tudor · Futura · Ranger EV · Crown Victoria · Police Interceptor · Laser · Lynx · Tierra · Ranger


Fairlane Concept · Thunderbird Concept · Sports Roadster · GT70 · GT90 · MA · Forty-Nine · Gyron · IndiGO · Visos · Iosis · Reflex · Shelby Cobra Concept · Shelby GR-1 · TH!NK · Interceptor · Model U · SAV · SYNUS · Bronco · Equator (2000) · Equator (2005) · Iosis X · Faction · Airstream · Mighty F-350 Tonka · Explorer Sport Trac Concept · F-250 Super Chief · Atmos · Cougar · Allegro · Vega · Flux · Focus ST · GTX1 · Punk · Mustang GT-R · Mustang Giugiaro · Mustang Bertone · Volante · Nucleon · Predicta · Street KA · Mondeo ST · Mustang GT Concept · P2000 · 021c · EX · Verve Concept · Kuga Concept · Verve Sedan Concept · Explorer America Concept · Santa Fe Concept · Ranger Max Concept · iosis MAX Concept · Transit Connect Family One Concept · Start Concept · Taurus Police Interceptor Stealth Concept · Focus Race Car Concept


Fusion Hydrogen 999 · FG01 V8 · Arrow Land Speed Record Car


Focus WRC · Escort WRC · Taurus NASCAR · Fusion NASCAR · Falcon V8 Supercar · Fiesta Group N Rally Car · F150 SVT Raptor R · Fiesta S2000 · Fiesta WRC

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Ford cars made for the European market
Köln | Y | Rheinland | Eifel | C Ten | 7Y | 7W | Prefect | Anglia | Pilot | Zephyr | Consul | Squire | Taunus
Vedette | Comète | Cortina | Popular | Classic | Corsair | Escort | Capri | Granada | Fiesta | Sierra | RS200 | Orion | Scorpio | Probe | Mondeo | Galaxy | Ka | Puma | Focus | Cougar | Maverick | Fusion | GT | Focus C-MAX | S-MAX
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