New small hatch to start at £8695
22 July 2008

Ford has used its London motor show conference to confirm pricing for the new Fiesta.

The entry-level Fiesta, which features a 1.25-litre engine producing 58bhp, will cost from £8695; that will pitch Ford's baby slightly above the Vauxhall Corsa, whose most basic variants start at under £8k.

The Zetec S (sporty), Titanium (luxury) and Econetic (green) variants will all cost around £12,000. The firm is making some big claims for the £11,845 three-door Econetic (a five-door will cost £12,445); the 1.6-litre diesel model will emit just 98g/km of CO2 (less than VW's Polo Bluemotion) and should return 76mpg. Ford of Britain boss Roelant de Waard said, "The Fiesta Econetic will be the cleanest family car on sale in the UK."

The Zetec S is only available as a three-door, costing £12,595, while the Titanium, which gets 16in alloys, climate control, privacy glass, cruise control, automated headlamps and wipers, power folding mirrors and carpet mats, starts at £12,095.

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Ford Fiesta
Fiestas sold in Europe are ostensibly the same as those sold in America and Asia

The seventh-generation Ford Fiesta is the UK's best selling car, helped by frugal engines, handling verve and a big car feel

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22 July 2008

Nice to see the basic fiesta, rather than the sporty ones. Looks like a solid car. Prices seem on the expensive side, but maybe thats because the Ka will fill the gap when it arrives. And probably to make people think the discount they are getting is better

22 July 2008

Is there a new, small, Ford petrol engine due out anytime? The 1.25 has been around for a long time and seems to lose power with every incarnation to meet emissions testing.

If Ford can create a cracking 1.2-1.4, free revving, highish power petrol engine in the spirit of the original lumps yamaha had a hand in designing they'd be onto a winner.

That and the 1.4 diesel found in the toyota yaris and auris - with a high output and low weight they'd be onto something, though obviously the current 1.6 is a good engine.

22 July 2008

[quote superstevie]Nice to see the basic fiesta, rather than the sporty ones[/quote]

I think it looks a bit bloated from the front and rather plain from the side with the plastic trims.

It'll sell in droves no doubt.

I like the way Autocar say it is a touch more expensive than the Corsa. Give me £700 if you think nothing of it.

In saying that, who pays list on a Ford?

£6995 specials coming to a forecourt near you NOW!

If I want an autonomous car, I'll take a taxi.

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