The Ford Fiesta is a subcompact car that has been in production since 1976. While it enjoyed much success in the United States in the early years, it vanished from the Ford lineup in the States until it debuted again in 2010. The reintroduction of the Fiesta was a success due to its sleek exterior and spacious interior. The smooth and aggressive curves of the body led to a rounded front end with angular headlamps and a lowered, wide grille.
The Fiesta is assembled in seven locations around the globe, including Nanjing, China, and Cologne, Germany. The base model 1.25 liter engine has 59 horsepower and produces 80 foot-pounds of torque. However, the larger 1.6 liter I4 engine creates 89 horsepower and 150 foot-pounds of torque. The 5-door hatchback is sold globally, while the 4-door saloon, 3-door hatchback and 2-door van are sold outside of North America. The interior space offers plenty of legroom for front and rear passengers, as well as provides enough space for additional cargo.
Although six generations of Ford Fiesta have been produced, only the first and sixth generations were available in America. The first generation was a smaller box-like vehicle similar to the Volkswagen Rabbit. It was sold in 3-door hatchback and panel van body styles with four optional engines. The sixth generation offers a cleaner look to the overall body, with a sleek design that is aerodynamic and improves fuel economy. It offers more interior options than any Fiesta before it, but some models are equipped with standard features.
Interior features include: Ford power starter button, USB port for iPod and other MP3 players, reach and rake adjustable steering wheel and keyless entry. An ambient lighting feature is also optional, which produces a soft, red glow throughout the interior. Other options include the Ford Sync in-car communication system and capless refueling system. The Fiesta is of modern design and really captures the forward thinking of implementing external technology into each car.
Because of this, the Ford Fiesta won the International Design Award for the 2009 model year. Popular Mechanics also gave it an Excellence Award for Fuel Economy. To add to the awards list is the 2010 Top Safety Award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Kelley Blue Book" named the Fiesta one of the "10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000". Since 2009, the Fiesta has been given much praise for being a well-rounded small car with great attention to details.
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