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Ford Pumps Up Fiesta with ST200 Edition

Hot hatch upgrade debuting in Geneva.

by on Feb.29, 2016

The new Ford Fiesta ST200 can make up to 217 horsepower in its overboost mode.

Ford is heating up the hot hatch wars with the Geneva Motor Show debut of the new Fiesta ST200.

Already one of the sportiest entries in the subcompact class, the new Ford Fiesta ST200 gets a big pump in performance out of its 1.6-liter EcoBoost enging, generating up to 212 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque in overboost mode.

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“The ST200 takes this special drivers’ car to a new level of power and performance,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “I think it’s a future classic in the.”


Ford Breaks the 40 MPG Barrier for Fiesta

New SFE model hits 41 mpg for 2014; may make even more when 1.0-liter EcoBoost debuts.

by on Jun.07, 2013

The 2014 Ford Fiesta will get a nice bump in mileage.

The good news is that Ford will bump the fuel economy of its little Fiesta model up to 41 miles per gallon with the addition of the new SFE model for 2014.

What is likely to be even better news for Ford Fiesta buyers is the likelihood the little car will stretch even further – without much performance sacrifice – when the maker adds the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine to the Fiesta line-up later this year.

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As we’ve been seeing over the past couple years, 40 is the new 30, especially when it comes to fuel economy, so the 2014 Ford Fiesta SFE is likely to get a welcome reception – though we’ll have to wait for a drive to see whether there’s much of a penalty in the performance category.  That and premium pricing have been the two big drawbacks when it comes to sales of other models, especially those given the “Eco” designation.


Ford Focus Expected to Be #1 Best-Seller for 2012

Maker expects U.S. sales to top 2.2 million.

by on Dec.31, 2012

The Ford Focus appears to have toppled the long-running global best-seller, the Toyota Corolla.

Ford Motor Co. expects to sell 2.2 million Ford brand vehicles in the U.S. when sales numbers are totaled for 2012. It will make this the second straight year Ford has topped the 2 million mark. Ford is also the only automotive brand to top 2 million U.S. sales since 2007 – and the only auto brand expected to surpass that mark in America this year.

In addition, the Ford Focus is expected to remain the best-selling global vehicle nameplate, based on the latest available R.L. Polk new vehicle registration data through September, toppling long-time sales king the Toyota Corolla.  Meanwhile, the Ford Fiesta is on track to be the best-selling global B-car.

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Ford is also the only automaker with three vehicle nameplates in the global top 10 – Focus at number 1, F-Series at number 4 and Fiesta at number 5 – based on the latest available Polk new vehicle registration data.

That would position Ford as the leader – if year-end data holds course – in two of the global market’s most critical segments. And the B- and C-car segments are posting significant growth in the U.S., as well.


First Drive: Ford Fiesta 1.0-Liter EcoBoost

Everything you know about small engines is wrong.

by on Nov.27, 2012

The 2014 Ford Fiesta update will get a new 1.0-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

In the wake of the twin oil shocks of the 1970s, automakers flooded the market with a variety of high-mileage powertrains that were, well, less than impressive.  That included smoke-belching and rough-riding diesels as well as pint-sized engines, including some 3-cylinder alternatives that could shake the fillings out of your teeth.

The latest European import diesels have begun to reshape the way Americans think about that technology, sales for products like the Volkswagen Passat TDI surging fast. Now, Ford is ready to rewrite the rules on micro-sized engines, with a diminutive 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder EcoBoost scheduled to debut in the subcompact Fiesta line next year.

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The package is the latest of four EcoBoost engines Ford has introduced in recent years, a line-up that the company bills as a serious alternative not only to conventional gasoline power but even battery-based hybrids. Motorists have so far taken to the technology, EcoBoost sales soaring in products ranging from the midsize Fusion sedan to the big F-150 pickup. But will the new 3-cylinder offering deliver in the 2014 Ford Fiesta?

To find out, took an early flight out to Los Angeles, in advance of the upcoming LA Auto Show, to get a day’s driving behind the wheel of a 2014 Fiesta equipped with the new 1.0-liter engine.  Our initial experience was, in a word, “impressive.”


Ford to Add High-Performance Fiesta ST Model

A "distinctive growl" - and more power than a Mini Cooper S.

by on Nov.27, 2012

Ford will get into the hot hatch market with the launch of the 2014 Fiesta ST.

Ford plans to power up its new 2014 Fiesta subcompact.  Barely a week after announcing it will add a new 1.0-liter version of its EcoBoost technology to the updated Fiesta line, it now says it also will add a sportier ST version to rival the likes of the Fiat 500 Abarth and Mini Cooper S.

The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST will bring the sportiest version of the Fiesta to the U.S. market from Europe, where the ST designation was first introduced. Ford has also launched an ST version of the larger Focus model. It will be powered by a 197-horsepower, 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine.

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“There’s a big opportunity” to appeal to young buyers who aren’t interested in the conventional American definition of a muscle car, which would be a larger product like the Ford Mustang powered by a more fuel-hungry V-8, explained Jim Farley, Ford’s global marketing czar.


Ford Updates Sync, MyFordTouch on New Fiesta

Maker hopes to resolve problem with high-tech systems.

by on Nov.26, 2012

The 2014 Ford Fiesta gets an updated Sync and MyFordTouch infotainment system.

It’s the classic good news/bad news syndrome.  On the plus side, Ford has been drawing in plenty of tech-savvy buyers with its advanced Sync and MyFordTouch technologies. The downside is that problems with the systems have turned off many buyers and caused the maker’s quality ratings to plunge.

Ford hopes to fix those problems with the next-generation Sync and MyFordTouch infotainment systems that will be integrated into the newly revamped Fiesta subcompact making its formal debut at the LA Auto Show this week.

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The 2014 Ford Fiesta will get a new touchscreen when it reaches showrooms later in the model-year.  It also will have a revised voice command system designed to resolve many of the problems owners have had getting the infotainment system to do such basic tasks as syncing a smartphone and playing music. The maker claims it will also be easier to operate the 2014 Fiesta’s navigation system.

Ford was one of the first makers to embrace infotainment technology and initially scored some big kudos for the Sync technology developed jointly with tech giant Microsoft. But in recent years, as Sync and the complementary MyFordTouch technology have become more complex, owners and reviewers have started to howl.

MyFordTouch, in particularly, was blamed for a sharp drop in recent quality and customer satisfaction studies, including both the J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey and Consumer Reports’ annual Automotive Reliability Study.

That non-profit magazine’s testers declared that MyFordTouch “frustrates us like few other control systems in any other brand’s automobiles.”

The maker has tried to put a positive spin on the problem.

“MyFord Touch is appealing to customers, as it consistently ranks among the top 10 purchase considerations with new owners,” insisted Michelle Moody, Ford’s cross-vehicle marketing manager.

But following a recent news conference by Consumer Reports, Ford officials also acknowledged their internal data confirms that owners have been frustrated by some of the snags with the Sync and MyFordTouch technology – and they promised that updates are in the works.

The new Sync system going into the 2014 Ford Fiesta will have a smaller touchscreen than in other models – 6.5 inches instead of 8.0, which will help hold down costs.

More significant, the voice command structure will be simplified and follow more conventional human speech patterns.  For example, a motorist will simply have to say “Play,” followed by an artist’s name, or a song title, reducing the number of steps needed to perform a task.  Similar changes should simplify changing a radio station, pairing a phone or plugging in a destination.

Beyond the basic styling changes, the 2014 Ford Fiesta will get a number of other key revisions. Among other things, the new subcompact will be offered with the latest of Ford’s EcoBoost engines. Despite its diminutive size, the 1.0-liter 3-cylinder package will outperform the current 1.6-liter inline-four — while also delivering what Ford promises will be the best mileage of any non-hybrid product on the U.S. market.

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Ford Fiesta to Get 1.0-liter EcoBoost for 2014

Maker forecasts it will be the highest-mileage non-hybrid model in the U.S. market.

by on Nov.19, 2012

The block for the new 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is small enough to fit in a carry-on bag -- and is shown here going through airport security.

Ford will begin offering a new 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder version of its turbocharged EcoBoost powertrain family on the updated Fiesta subcompact next year, and though it has not worked up final numbers for the fuel-efficient option, a senior company official promised it will yield in excess of 40 miles per gallon.

“We’re forecasting it will deliver higher mileage than any non-hybrid car from any of our competitors,” said Bob Fascetti, director of global engine operations for Ford, during a Monday news conference.

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Ford has launched an aggressive push to position itself as the greenest of automakers, a significant challenge considering the market perception of arch-rival Toyota – which happens to market the world’s most popular hybrid vehicle, the Prius.  But Ford has been rolling out an array of conventional hybrids and battery-electric vehicles, with two plug-in hybrids, the Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi, due to debut at the LA Auto Show later this month.


Ford Reveals Face-lifted Fiesta 4-Door

But American motorists will have to wait.

by on Oct.24, 2012

Brazilians will get the new Ford Fiesta sedan as a 2013; Americans will have to wait for the 2014 model-year.

While we got our first look at the updated Ford Fiesta during the maker’s Paris Motor Show news conference we’ve had to wait nearly a month to see what was in store with the face-lifted four-door.

There’s a reason for the wait, of course. In much of the world, hatchbacks dominate while the U.S. is one of the few markets that even will offer a Fiesta sedan. Another is Brazil, and the new Ford model is getting its debut at this week’s Sao Paulo Motor Show.

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To complicate matters, Americans will actually have to wait until next year to actually see the Ford Fiesta sedan in showrooms where it will be introduced as a 2014 model.


Airbag Problems Force Recall of Ford Fiesta

Side bags may not always inflate in crash.

by on Oct.16, 2012

Fiesta faces a recall.

Ford Motor Co. says it will recall 154,000 of its Fiesta subcompacts due to a problem with the vehicle’s airbag system.

The maker has discovered that if the front passenger seat is empty the Fiesta’s side-impact airbags will not deploy in a collision, even if there are passengers in the rear — potentially leading to increased injuries.

The maker says it has received no reports of injuries connected to the problem, however.

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The problem appears to be linked to a mis-programmed “smart” safety system designed to stop the front passenger airbag from deploying if that seat is empty. Ford plans to advise owners to return to a dealer service facility where the software controlling the airbags can be reprogrammed.


September Car Sales Take Big Jump

by on Sep.27, 2012

Sales for subcompacts such as the Ford Fiesta are expected to be up 25 percent year over year for September.

Car sales have held steady during September, climbing by double digits from year ago levels. said September 2012 new light vehicle sales in the U.S. are expected to be up 10.5 percent from September 2011. The September 2012 forecast translates into a Seasonally Adjusted Annualized Rate or SAAR  of 14.6 million new car sales, up from 13.1 million in September 2011 and up from 14.5 million in August 2012 .

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The industry average incentive spending per unit will be approximately $2,468 in September 2012, which represents an decrease of 6.7 percent from September 2011 and decrease of 1.2 percent from August 2012.