More than four million Ford Fiestas have been sold in the UK
The Ford Fiesta Mk1 had a top speed of 79mph, which we hit on our road trip to Geneva this year
The Fiesta Mk2 was longer and more fuel efficient than the Mk1
Over its four decades on sale, more than one in every 20 cars sold in the UK was a Ford Fiesta
The Ford Fiesta XR2i carried a £10,000 price tag in 1989 and rivalled the VW Golf GTI and Renault 5 GT Turbo
The Ford Fiesta Mk4 had a more rounded shape than its predecessors
By the end of the year Ford expects to have sold a total of 18 millions Fiestas since 1976
The Ford Fiesta Mk5 ST is still an absolute peach to drive
The current generation of Fiesta has been on sale since 2008 and will be replaced next year
Great fun and easy to live with, the Fiesta ST is one of the best hot hatches you can buy
The Ford Fiesta is the UK's best-selling car of all time, shifting more than four million units since first going on sale in 1976.
To mark the 40th anniversary of the Blue Oval's hatchback, we've pulled together a gallery of past Fiestas (above), and our favourite reviews and features (below).
To celebrate where it all started, we took a Mk1 Fiesta from 1976 on a massive road trip to Geneva.
These two cars were at the top of their game in 1989, but which came out on top when we faced them off against each other?
We headed to the back roads of Essex to face off some of the greatest hot Fiestas in its history.
The current Fiesta has been the best-selling new car in Britain every month for seven years. Read our review to see what all the fuss is about.
Everyday hot hatch fun doesn't get much better than this. The Fiesta ST is hugely entertaining and easy to live with as an only car.
If the standard ST isn't quick enough for you, Ford has bumped up its power output by 17bhp and chucked in more torque for the limited edition ST200.
What does the future hold for the Fiesta? Well, our latest spy shots of the next-generation model suggest it will take on a slightly bigger, Focus-styled shape, which will allow the new Ford Ka+ to sit under it in the range. The hot ST version is under development, too - read more about that here.