Ford Fiesta Mark VI 2008 - And on
Fiesta Mark VI (2008 on)
|Manufacturer||Ford Motor Company|
Cuautitlán Izcalli, Mexico
Rayong, Thailand (2010 on)
|Body style||3-door Hatchback
|Platform||Ford global B-car platform|
|Engine||1.4 L I4
1.6 L I4
1.25 L I4
1.4 L Diesel I4
1.6 L Diesel I4
|Wheelbase||2,489 mm (98.0 in)
Van: 2,487 mm (97.9 in)
|Length||Sedan: 173.6 in (4,409 mm)
2011 on Hatchback: 160.1 in (4,067 mm)
2008-2010: 3,950 mm (156 in)
Van: 3,917 mm (154.2 in)
|Width||1,722 mm (67.8 in)
Van: 1,683 mm (66.3 in)
|Height||2011 on: 58.0 in (1,473 mm)
2008-2010: 1,481 mm (58.3 in)
Van: 1,467 mm (57.8 in)
|Curb weight||1,041-1,092 kg (Petrol), 1,086-1,100 kg (Diesel)|
The sixth generation, or Ford Fiesta Mark VI, 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. This model is based on Ford's new global B-car platform. The sixth generation is known as Mark VII in the United Kingdom. Production started at Ford's Cologne plant in Germany in August 2008. A second plant in Valencia, Spain started production in early 2009. Productions in China, Thailand and Mexico started from late 2008 to 2010.
The 2008 Fiesta includes Ford's Convers+ menu system, as seen on the Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy, and complemented by steering wheel button controls. Ford initially anticipated that over 85% of Fiesta orders would include this multifunction display. Other new equipment includes keyless entry with a 'Ford Power' starter button, reach and rake adjustable steering wheel, electric power steering, and a USB port for portable music players. Ford Easyfuel, the capless refuelling system recently introduced with the Ford Mondeo, will also be a feature, while 'ambient lighting,' casting a soft red glow over the interior, will be an option. For the 2011 US market model, the Ford Sync in-car communications and entertainment system will be available as an option.
UK trim levels for the new Fiesta include Studio, Edge, ECONetic, Zetec, Zetec S, Titanium and Titanium Individual.
 ECOnetic model
In 2008 Ford revealed details of an ECOnetic model, which Ford stated would emit 98g/km of carbon dioxide. The car was launched in 2009. It uses the 1.6 Duratorq TDCi diesel engine, but with an added diesel particulate filter. The Fiesta ECOnetic achieves its environmental credentials through weight loss and aerodynamic adjustments, and its emission figure exempts the car from UK vehicle excise duty. The ECOnetic gets an estimated fuel consumption of 65 mpg-US (3.6 L/100 km; 78 mpg-imp). When tested on the highway mileage and emissions test schedules, on which hybrids are designed to perform well, the ECOnetic outperforms the Toyota Prius. The model will not be available in the U.S. because, as Business Week noted, the company "doesn't believe it could charge enough to make money on an imported ECOnetic" and doesn't think it would sell enough of the model (350,000/year) to justify the $350 million in upgrades required at their Mexico plant to manufacture it in North America.
 Fiesta ST
In 2011 Ford revealed the Fiesta ST concept based on the Fiesta mk7. The High Performance Fiesta is powered by a 1.6-litre Ford Ecoboost Engine to deliver performance while still providing good fuel efficiency. The 1.6-litre Ford Ecoboost Turbocharged engine will feature Twin-independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) and put out 180 PS (130 kW; 180 bhp) with 240 N·m (180 lb·ft) of torque providing an acceleration time of under 7 seconds (0-100 km/h) and a top speed exceeding 220 km/h. Mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, the car is expected to provide responsible fuel economy while not sacrificing performance. The concept ST features a redesigned front fascia similar to the one seen on its older sibling (Focus ST), LED-laced headlights, Large rear spoiler, aggressive rear diffuser with a twin exit exhaust system, completed with 17-inch wheels. On the inside, the ST provides heavily bolstered Recaro front seats and sportier décor.
The Fiesta ST Production model is expected to come out in Europe sometime next year, but may also come to the North American market as a five-door hatchback variant instead of the three-door Europe is offered with.
 Body styles
- 5-door hatchback
- Sold globally except India.
- 4-door sedan
- Originally available in Chinese and American market, later in other parts of Asia, and then in Australasia.
- 3-door hatchback
- Sold in Europe, Australasia, and small parts of Asia such as Singapore.
- 2-door van
- Sold only in Europe. Uses the same bodyshell as the 3-door, modified with solid panels in place of the rear quarter windows and a flat load floor replacing the rear seat.
|1.25 L Duratec 60 PS||From 2008||1,242 cc (75.8 cu in) I4||60 PS (44 kW; 59 bhp), 109 N·m (80 lb·ft)|
|1.25 L Duratec 82 PS||From 2008||1,242 cc (75.8 cu in) I4||82 PS (60 kW; 81 bhp), 114 N·m (84 lb·ft)|
|1.4 L Duratec||From 2008||1,388 cc (84.7 cu in) I4||96 PS (71 kW; 95 bhp), 128 N·m (94 lb·ft)|
|1.6 L Duratec Ti-VCT||From 2008||1,596 cc (97.4 cu in) I4||120 PS (88 kW; 120 bhp) @ 6,000 rpm, 152 N·m (112 lb·ft) @ 4,050 rpm|
|1.4 L Duratorq TDCi||From 2008||1,398 cc (85.3 cu in) I4||68 PS (50 kW; 67 bhp) @ 4,500 rpm, 160 N·m (120 lb·ft) @ 2,000 rpm|
|1.6 L Duratorq TDCi||From 2008||1,560 cc (95 cu in) I4||75 PS (55 kW; 74 bhp), 185 N·m (136 lb·ft)|
|1.6 L Duratorq TDCi||From 2008||1,560 cc (95 cu in) I4||90 PS (66 kW; 89 bhp), 212 N·m (156 lb·ft)|
|1.6 L Duratorq TDCi ECOnetic||From 2008||1,560 cc (95 cu in) I4||90 PS (66 kW; 89 bhp), 200 N·m (150 lb·ft)|
The 1.6 L Duratorq TDCi with 75 PS (55 kW; 74 bhp) is sold instead of, in some countries alongside with the 1.4 L TDCi.
The 1.6 Duratorq TDCi with 212 N·m (156 lb·ft) torque is used on non-van models only. Vans with the 1.6 Duratorq TDCi are rated 200 N·m (150 lb·ft) torque.
Transmission choices include a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. The automatic is only offered with the 1.4 L Duratec. The 2011 North American model offers the Powershift 6-speed dual-clutch as an option in addition to the 5-speed manual, which may be sold with a diesel in Europe in the future.
Thailand is the last plant to start assembling Ford Fiesta for ASEAN countries. However 6-speed 'Powershift' dual clutch transmission will be available as standard transmission for 1.6L Ti-VCT engines in Thailand. Curiously, the Thai-made Fiesta versions - both sedan and five-door hatch - feature a 100 mm pitch circle diameter (PCD) wheel lug mount measurement identical to the Mazda2, as opposed to the 108 mm one as found in other global versions.
In Brazil, the Mexican Fiesta is sold only in 4-door version. The Brazilian-made Sigma 1.6-liter engine is flex fuel, but it does not use variable valve timing. The power output and torque are 110 bhp (82 kW) and 155 N·m (114 lb·ft) with petrol and 115 bhp (86 kW) and 159 N·m (117 lb·ft) with ethanol.
In late 2008 Motor Trend called the new generation of Fiesta a "superb little car" whose "greatest problem is that it's still a year away", a reference to the fact that the Fiesta would not arrive in the USA until early 2010. British magazine Auto Express called the car a "new class leader"; UK's Car Magazine said it was a "huge achievement" which will "please just about everyone". The February 2009 issue of Britain's What Car? magazine named the new Fiesta "Car of the Year" and the Ford Mondeo "Best Family Car" and "Best Estate." According to What Car?, there is plenty of space in the front of the cabin, however, the rear knee space is rather limited and the backrests do not fold flat onto the base, making an uneven floor for the expanded boot. This generation draws some criticism for its similarity to Peugeots, especially the design of the front end and the headlights. Unlike previous generations, which were more or less gender-neutral, this generation is said to be more appealing to females than males.[who?]
The Fiesta was featured on episode 6 of series 12 of Top Gear in a series of "serious" road tests conducted by presenter Jeremy Clarkson, from escaping 'baddies' driving a Chevrolet Corvette C6 in the Festival Place Basingstoke shopping mall, to participating in an amphibious beach assault with the Royal Marines.
In its first two years since the latest generation Fiesta went on sale in October 2008, more than 940,000 Fiestas had been purchased by customers around the world, with 810,000 (86%) being sold in Europe (September, 2010).
 North American market
Kevin George directed the adaptation of the Fiesta's design for the North American market, reshaping the front end to comply with federal impact standards, keeping the styling substantially like the European model. "I spent about two years trying to make it look like I did nothing", George said. The North American front fascia includes LED parking lamps, used in a few other markets.
Ford dealers in the US will offer optional laminated vinyl graphics applied to the car's exterior, expected to last 3 to 5 years before being replaced. Also, certain dealers partaking in a new Ford Retail program will provide an "unwrapping" digital package loaded with a photograph of the buyer taking delivery of his/her new car. A 19-minute audio description of the car and its features is included, which can be played on the way home, then loaded along with its interactive program into the home computer via its USB connection.
 Preliminary marketing
For the North American Fiesta, Ford initiated a marketing campaign in the spring of 2009 called the Fiesta Movement, distributing examples of European Fiestas to applicants across the United States-to have the test drivers use popular Internet sites to share their experiences. Subsequently, Ford brought the cars to public venues nationwide to offer 100,000 test drives over eight months. One such event was offering free shuttle service in Chicago from a site near the Union Station commuter rail terminal to the Taste of Chicago event in Grant Park the week starting 29 June 2009. Late in July, six European Fiestas arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to begin a similar demonstration tour across Canada.
Following on the success of Fiesta Movement, Ford initiated Fiesta Movement 2 in December 2009 by calling for video applications to be submitted by the end of January 2010 for activities to begin mid-February.
In March 2010, Ford worked with the television series American Idol to promote the Ford Fiesta in North America. Working with Ford designers, the final 12 contestants of the show created their own custom graphics on a Ford Fiesta, which were subsequently revealed on the show with fans given the chance to win one of the personalised cars.
Production of Ford Fiesta for the North American market started in May 2010. Ford planned to have cars available for sale soon after in summer. On 18 June 2010, it was reported that although dealers took deposits from over 2,000 customers for Fiesta and placed large orders as the car was heavily marketed, dealers and customers had not received cars that they expected to have arrived weeks ago in May. In July, Ford said initial shipments were delayed for up to two weeks by Hurricane Alex that hit Northern Mexico in late June, and subsequently by Tropical Storm Bonnie. As a result of the delays, Ford sent out US$50 gift certificates. By August 2010, Ford delayed some shipments because of a 'quality problem'. Ford claimed the issue was fixed and it was unlikely cars with defective parts would reach customers.
 Running Changes
For the start of the 2012 model year, two new premium leather trim options and a sport exterior appearance package were made available for SES/SEL models, while several new colors were added for all models. At midyear, the hatchback became available in the previously sedan-only S trim level; as it includes a rear wiper and the same body color one-slot grille as fancier models, externally only badging and a limited choice of colors distinguish it from the SE.
The 2011 Fiesta was one of the five finalists for the 2011 Green Car of the Year awarded by the Green Car Journal in November 2010, competing with two plug-in electric vehicles, the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt (the winner), and two hybrid electric vehicles.
 Indian Launch
Ford Fiesta for the Indian market has been finalised in both sedan and hatchback versions. It was put on show on 15 April 2011 in a Delhi mall. The model on show was a TDCi 1.6 Fiesta Sedan but the variant was not disclosed. The top model is supposed to come with Bluetooth, Cruise control, Pull control, USB and SYNC as standard features. The other cars it will compete against will include Fiat Linea and Volkswagen Vento both of which have extended wheelbases, which the Fiesta does not.
 Commercial variants
All six generations of the Fiesta have been available in panel van format, although not available in all markets. The Mark I, II and III versions feature the standard 3-door bodyshell with the rear side glass replaced by body coloured metal and a flat floorpan instead of the rear seats.
In 1991, a "high-cube" style van based on the Mark III chassis was introduced and was named the Ford Courier. The Courier continued in the Mark IV style through until 2002, when it was replaced by the Ford Transit Connect.
For the Mark V, the standard Fiestavan version was based on the 3-door bodyshell rather than the taller 5-door version. The Mark VI Fiesta van was first introduced in the European market in the summer of 2009, a year after the original launch.
Ford Fiesta Rally car Group N in Rally Japan 2007, No.102 Kodue Oi.
|Manufacturer||Ford Motors and M-Sport|
Two Ford Fiestas famously starred in the 1979 Monte Carlo rally-the British entry driven by Roger Clark and aided by co-driver Jim Porter, and a German entry piloted by Ari Vatanen and co-driven by David Richards.
Both cars were highly modified with special motorsport components throughout and featured pioneering Limited Slip Differential (LSD) technology. The cars were powered by competition tuned versions of the 1600 cc Kent crossflow engine-a later version of which appeared in the Mk 1 Fiesta XR2.
The 2 cars worked well in the arduous ice and snow that year. Roger Clark did not set any records but the German car achieved 9th position overall-a very encouraging result which sparked demand for sportier Fiestas.
Since this there have been sporting and "hot hatch" editions. Versions include Supersport, XR2, S(Sport), XR2i, Si, RS Turbo, RS1800, Zetec S, Zetec RS, and ST. All of these were powered by a range of engines from the Ford Kent engine to the Ford Duratec engine.
The Ford RallyeConcept in 2002 and Fiesta JWRC. Ford RallyeConcept has been realised through an intensely close collaboration between Ford RallyeSport, the motorsport experts behind the Puma Super 1600 and the Focus WRC rally cars, and Ford Design Europe, the creative team responsible for the new three-door Fiesta on which the RallyeConcept is based. Ford RallyeConcept's marriage of the motorsport engineer's objective for performance functionality with the eye for detail of the designer has been so effective that Ford has committed to an engineering development programme to bring a Fiesta-based rally car to reality. Aiming for FIA homologation by the summer of 2003, Ford RallyeSport is hoping that it will become Ford's next success story in national and international rallying. Fiesta Super 1600 debut Rally Greece 2004.
The "Fiesta Sporting Trophy" is a One Make Championship; beginning its 1st season in March 2006. It combines keen competition with equal performance and leaves the decision about winning or losing to the drivers and co-drivers capabilities. The driver, co-driver and mechanics work as a team to compete against the toughest adversary of all-the clock.
The Fiesta Sporting Trophy will be based around the Fiesta ST Group N car. The car has 165 PS (121 kW; 163 bhp) from the 2 L Duratec ST engine which when combined with the conversion kit from M-Sport, has been designed to provide all of the safety equipment and performance upgrades to enable the car to be competitive and reliable at any event around the world.
On 18 November 2009, Ford with M-Sport unveiled the Ford Fiesta S2000 Mark VI. Although not due for homologation until January 2010 it is set to make its debut as course car on the final round of the IRC series, Rally Scotland. The car has been built to compete mainly in the Super 2000 World Rally Championship and World Rally Championship when the new rules come into place for 2011 but it is expected to make appearances in the IRC as well.
 Fiesta ST Group N specifications
|Engine||1,999 cc (122.0 cu in) Duratec engine. Four cylinders in line, DOHC, 16 valves, alloy cylinder head and block.
Electronic multipoint fuel injection.
|Power||165 PS (121 kW; 163 bhp) at 5,800 rpm|
|Torque||202 N·m (149 lb·ft) at 4,500 rpm|
|Transmission||Five-speed 'dog' engagement gearkit fitted to standard ST road car casing.
Upgraded driveshafts fitted as standard. Plated LSD.
|Suspension||Upgraded suspension of ST road car includes revised front knuckles and strengthened twist beam rear axle.
Reiger dampers, adjustable for rebound, and revised spring rates. Uprated suspension bushes.
|Brakes||Standard ST road car front and rear disc brakes.|
|Wheels||Gravel: 15-inch OZ Racing wheels
Asphalt: 17-inch OZ Racing wheels Wheels manufactured in both Super T and Rally Racing style.
|Bodyshell||Multipoint roll cage designed by M-Sport, complying with FIA regulations.
Includes three X braces in rear and twin tube door bars with no cross-over.
|Electronics||'Piggy back' loom supplements standard loom.
Includes electronic circuit breaker and wiring for additional requirements.
|Fuel tank||Standard 45 L (9.9 imp gal; 12 U.S. gal) tank with Kevlar composite moulded guard.|
|Dimensions||Length: 3,921 mm (154.4 in).
Width: 1,683 mm (66.3 in).
Height: 1,468 mm (57.8 in).
Wheelbase: 2,486 mm (97.9 in).
The 2008 Ford Fiesta ST ERC (4WD, 560 bhp (420 kW; 570 PS), 800 N·m (590 lb·ft)) of Marcus Grönholm for Rallycross pictured at a press conference in Stockholm.
|Manufacturer||Ford's TeamRS and Swedish rally team MSE|
Fiesta ERC Div 1 is racecar with a 2.0 L Duratec turbocharged four-cylinder engine, running on petrol or E85 (85% ethanol/15% petrol). It produces over 550 bhp (410 kW; 560 PS) and 820 N·m (600 lb·ft). That propels the 2,600 lb (1,200 kg) rally-prepped Fiesta up to sixty in 2.8 seconds. The car is driven by former champion Andreas Erikkson, double World Rally Champion Marcus Grönholm, X Games medalist Tanner Foust and several others. The cars are smaller and more powerful than WRC cars.
The Fiesta Rallycross cars made their U.S. debuts in July's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado. Swedish Olsbergs Motor Sport Evolution (MSE) team announced the cars would later appear in ESPN's X Games 15 on 2009-08-02. The Olsbergs MSE Fiesta Rallycross cars were based on the Fiesta hatchback model road cars, but with all-wheel drive, powered by 2.0 L Duratec Ford engines capable of more than 800 bhp (600 kW).
 Circuit racing
In the UK, the Fiesta is commonly used in numerous club level motorsport series but has its national one-make series called the Ford Fiesta Championship. During its peak in the 1980s and 1990s, it had manufacturer support and it even was a support race to the British Grand Prix and numerous British Touring Car Championship rounds. The series has gone through numerous name changes including Ford Credit Fiesta Championship, Ford Fiesta Zetec Championship and BRSCC Ford Si Challenge and is nowadays run by the BRSCC (British Racing and Sports Car Club) as a club racing championship. The organisation also run the other series that consists of Fiestas.
- Ford XR Challenge, for XR2 and XR2i models, also consists of the Escort XR models.
- Ford Saloon Championship, mainly for a wider range of Ford models but Fiestas are mostly seen in classes C and E with a Mk 4 example winning the title outright in 2006 at the hands of Ollie Allen.
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