Sydney Motor Show 2008 Ford has finally given the Fiesta the styling vim to attract bright young things and, when it goes on sale in early 2009, it will be compatible with your favourite MP3 player.
The current Fiesta doesn't really warm up our party bones
(Credit: Ford Australia)
Despite sharing baby blue body paint with the Ferrari California across the aisle, Ford's new Fiesta is at the opposite end of the automotive scale. Ford's newest baby car is set to join the Australian line-up in January or February of next year. With prices ranging from AU$15,750 for the base CL three-door to AU$22,490 for the five-door Zetec automatic, you could conceivably buy an entire family of Fiestas for the price of one California.
Although the current generation Fiesta is fun to drive, its styling failed to tempt buyers away from their Yarises, Jazzes and the like. With its gaping mouth grille; aggressively shaped headlights and tail-lights; and an abundance of curves, slashes and bulges; the new model finally has the festive mood that its name implies.
The Fiesta is available in any one of 11 colours, some of which are colour matched to the interior, the inspiration for which came from the world of mobile phones. While only the top-of-the-line Zetec models have a USB port, all the new Fiestas are fitted with a 3.5mm auxiliary jack; Bluetooth is standard on the mid-range LX and upwards.
There's one glaring downside though: the automatic models are paired with a less powerful 1.4-litre engine, while manual drivers get a 1.6-litre instead.