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2008 Geneva: 2009 Fiesta (production Verve)

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I like almost everything about it except for the color. Verve Red, please!

FIESTA FOREVER: FORD'S NEW-GENERATION GLOBAL SMALL CAR PREVIEWED AT 2008 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

* Next generation, all-new global small car signals fresh chapter in Ford Fiesta success story

* The worldwide name is confirmed - Ford Fiesta

* Stylish 'kinetic design' and dynamic flair combines with traditional Ford strengths to deliver confident, contemporary, fun-to-drive package

* Fiesta brings a host of big-car features to the small car segment for the first time

* Fiesta stays compact but is lighter and stronger. Ultra high-strength steels and a comprehensive safety package that includes a driver's knee airbag

* Exciting three-door body remains true to Verve Concept

* Futuristic interior from Verve Concept becomes production reality, including integrated HMI centre stack inspired by mobile phones

* 115 PS Duratec 1.6-litre Ti-VCT petrol engine joins Fiesta range; one of five fuel efficient and clean engines

* Fiesta will expand Ford ECOnetic ultra-low CO2 range, delivering less than 100g/km emissions

* New Fiesta is the first product of Ford's new global product development process, with versions due for launch also in Asia and the Americas between 2008 and 2010

* European production of new Fiesta begins in autumn 2008

http://www.autoblog.com/2008/02/14/geneva-...-verve-but-you/

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The Fiesta is definitely coming to the U.S., but probably only as a sedan.

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The Fiesta is definitely coming to the U.S., but probably only as a sedan.

That's boring...

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Best looking car in the class, hands down. Very sorry to hear we will not get the 3-door, as the sedan is sleepy by comparison.
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Best looking car in the class, hands down. Very sorry to hear we will not get the 3-door, as the sedan is sleepy by comparison.

Yes, and in a subcompact like that, a sedan is rather pointless..the 3dr and 5dr versions look better and are more practical..

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The headlights are a bit long, otherwise it's quite nice. I think the name "Verve" fits this car better than "Fiesta" does, though.

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I hope our version is called Verve, I like that name. It looks fantastic. I hope the guys at Ford open their eyes and give us the hatch and the sedan (which looked very good as well). It better look this good for us and not dumbed down...also and if it does I hope future Ford cars look more like this. Interior looks great too. :thumbsup:

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The Fiesta name has 30+ years' history. They wouldn't change the name of the Mustang, would they?
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The Fiesta name has 30+ years' history. They wouldn't change the name of the Mustang, would they?

The Fiesta name has history, sure, but just ask someone off the street what they think of when you say that particular name ... I don't think their response would be as rosy red as if you asked them what they think of when you say the name "Mustang" in comparison.

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The Fiesta name has 30+ years' history. They wouldn't change the name of the Mustang, would they?

Yes, outside the US. It was only sold here for a brief time. I think in the US, many people would confuse it with the Festiva, which was a real POS.

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Yes, outside the US. It was only sold here for a brief time. I think in the US, many people would confuse it with the Festiva, which was a real POS.

My thoughts exactly. Fiesta sounds too much like Festiva, something I doubt Ford would want people to remember when looking at this car.

Verve would also be very descriptive of the car.

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The Fiesta name has 30+ years' history. They wouldn't change the name of the Mustang, would they?

What's more it's also respected, thanks to great handling, if somewhat boring design in the last couple of generations.

Oh, and I still prefer the new Corsa, which not only looks good, but has nicer engines to boot.

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I think in the US, many people would confuse it with the Festiva, which was a real POS.

Exactly what I was saying in my post.

"Oh, aren't those one of those really small ugly red cars from, like, 1992?"

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My Mom Bought a brand new, German Made 1979 Ford Fiesta 3-Door Manual, it was a plucky little tank and it lasted her through 1994, would we buy another Ford Fiesta if it was as good as the first one? definitely.

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What's more it's also respected, thanks to great handling, if somewhat boring design in the last couple of generations.

Oh, and I still prefer the new Corsa, which not only looks good, but has nicer engines to boot.

The Corsa's interior is a whole league below the Festia at this point.

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i thought that we were getting the 3 door here.

verve, much better than fiesta. fiesta conjures up images of chi chis buffet, to me.

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For some stupid reason, I'm one of those people that hears the name 'Fiesta' and thinks of 'Festiva' .

I've ridden in a Festiva before, and it was an experience that I'd prefer not to have again.

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I like it, I actually like a Ford vehicle! Nice interior design, too.

With brands like Ford and Opel offering ever better B-segment cars, and with rumours of Saab getting a MINI fighter (Delta2?/Gamma?), MINI will have a hard time getting business from me in the future. :yes:

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When I think of Fiesta, I think of the 1978 to 1980 version, not the Festiva. The first Fiesta was a very decent small car for its time. With 35 mpg CAFE, a large percentage of car buyers are going to have to shift to cars like this in the coming years.

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the hatch should come here as well. it's a much more attractive alternative to burgeoning families, youth, and empty nesters as it offers total interior space and cargo space greater than the sedan with better looks to boot. plus the hatch just looks more youthful.

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the hatch should come here as well. it's a much more attractive alternative to burgeoning families, youth, and empty nesters as it offers total interior space and cargo space greater than the sedan with better looks to boot. plus the hatch just looks more youthful.

the 5door hatch and the sedan are confirmed for US - 3door hatch is more and more of a possibility every day as well (Farley is pushing for it).

Igor

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is that a small vent in front of the shifter?

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Ford should aspire to better names than Fiesta... something with more "edge". There should be a probe into which "maverick" authorized this and they should be SHOwn the door and escorted out, pronto! At least the car has nice contours.

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