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New Ford Fiesta Impresses in Debut

Posted: Mar 04, 2008 10:37 a.m.

Reporting from the Geneva Auto Show, CNet writes, "Ford's big news in Geneva is the unveiling of its new Fiesta compact car, which it intends to sell in Europe, China and the United States."  Based on the Verve concept that has drawn generally positive reviews on the auto show circuit over the last year, the economy car "comes with many of the features associated with Ford's higher-end models, including keyless entry, pushbutton start, and USB connectivity for hooking up portable audio players to the car's audio system." At its debut, the car attracted remarkable attention for an econobox.  "Not two hours into the press week for the Geneva Auto Show," Winding Road  notes, "Ford's stand was already rocking with hordes of journalists crowded around the new Fiesta.  We're not surprised," Winding Road adds, calling the Fiesta "a more-than-attractive entry into the B-car segment."  Autoblog says "Ford brought out the production Fiesta in both three-door (green) and five-door (magenta), although the American version will likely be arriving as a four-door sedan with trunk and all."  Edmunds Inside Line adds, "A four-cylinder gas engine is assured, but don't expect any diesels."  Ford revived a retired nameplate for the car, a move Inside Line finds curious, calling the Fiesta of the 1980's "an utterly forgettable economy hatchback."