New Ford Fiesta production begins

Ford Fiesta sales have topped four million in the UK after first being sold in 1976 and in 2012 alone the car is about the reach 100,000 sales.

It is the best-selling car in the UK and has been since 2008, meaning there will be plenty of interest in the three-door supermini when it goes on sale.

A complete overhaul of the Ford Fiesta for 2013 includes a front end modelled on the new Ford Mondeo. This includes a larger grille and thin, aggressive headlamps.

A new interior also includes a selection of new equipment including Ford’s SYNC system, which uses voice activation to access key features such as satellite navigation, music systems and phone connectivity.

The new Ford Fiesta will also be the first generation of the supermini to use the brand’s new 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine.

The engine was named 2012 International Engine of the Year and is the first petrol engine in the range to offer free UK road tax courtesy of sub-100g/km of CO2 emissions.

The engine will be joined by the most frugal in the range of petrol and diesels, the 1.6-litre Econetic diesel delivering just 87g/km of CO2 emissions.

The new Fiesta has seven powertrain options – both diesel and petrol – that deliver fuel economy of less than 100 grams of CO2 per kilometre,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe.

The first of the Ford Fiesta models rolled off the production line today at Ford’s Cologne plant in Germany.

Ford Fiesta prices will start from under £10,000 and the new generation will go on sale at Perrys Ford dealerships in January.