Up To Speed With… Ford Fiesta

December 16, 2011

The Ford Fiesta is currently in its sixth generation and its evolution through the years since the launch of the first model in 1976 provides an insight into the rapid pace of development of auto-engineering along with our changing tastes for fashion and style.

The Mark 1 Fiesta which was manufactured from 1976 to 1983 barely resembles the modern version. It was boxy, basic and bold. However, it was the first Ford that successfully used front wheel drive. It was powered by a 957cc or a 1.6 litre OHV engine with the latter developing 84 bhp.

The Mark II which was manufactured until 1989 retained that boxy style though was slightly more curvaceous. This was the first model to feature a five door option. This model had an optional 1.8 litre engine with 133 bhp, a 0 to 62 mph acceleration time of 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 129 mph.

Although the Mark III was very popular, it was the Mark IV that became the most popular selling car in the UK. This model was produced from 1995 to 2002 to be replaced in 2003 by the Mark V which was en entirely different car.

The Mark V had an entirely different style and came with a large range of engine options. With this car the Supermini moved into the modern age and a facelift in 2005 moved it further in the same direction. The car won the prize of the most popular Supermini in 2006 and 2007 and an ST version added an additional degree of sophistication with a touch of speed and excellent handling characteristics.

The current version, the Mark VI, was launched in 2008 and takes all the previous advances to an extra level. It has outstanding looks, equipment and performance. Arguably it is the best small car around and here is even an Econetic model with 65 mpg and no road tax.

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