2014 Ford Fiesta ST Test Drive

?2014 Ford Fiesta: Kinetic design hits North America? Small has recently been getting bigger in popularity, but not necessarily in terms of size. The popularity and influx of ever-smaller cars into the North American marketplace is the big issue and not the size of the vehicles themselves. Several factors are contributing to this increasing trend:…

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2014 NWAPA ?Run to the Sun? ? Part 2

By Bill Schaffer Photos by Doug Berger Portland, Oregon ? Each year one of the automotive writer?s groups I belong to, the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA), has an event we call ?Run to the Sun.? This year the members who organized the program out-did themselves by signing up 25 outstanding cars, with a total…

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2014 Ford Fiesta ST Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer When we think of the Ford Fiesta, we envision a cute little econobox that gets good fuel economy and provides comfortable transportation. What we didn?t expect was a racy sounding, little hatchback that makes a 0 to 60 mph run in 6.7 seconds, has a top speed of 143 mph…

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2014 Ford Fiesta Titanium Test Drive

?2014 Ford Fiesta Titanium: A delightful 5-Door Hatch” Small has recently been getting bigger, but not necessarily in terms of size, but rather in popularity. The popularity and influx of ever-smaller cars into the North American market is actually the big issue, not just the size of the vehicles themselves. There are several contributing factors…

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2014 Ford Fiesta Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer San Jose, Calif. ? It was Christmas – time for our annual junket to see the grandkids and Barbara?s family in California. We always try to get a press car on these trips that we might not have yet had a chance to drive in the Northwest press fleet. This…

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Ford Unveils Fiesta ST in Frankfurt

Ford used the annual Frankfurt Motor Show for a surprise unveiling of a new Fiesta ST concept.? Shown alongside the all-new production version of the Focus ST, the Fiesta shows Fords commitment to the worldwide production of new Sport Technologies cars, with more performance models promised. ?We?re leveraging our global product platforms to create great…

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Test Drive: Ford Fiesta

EVERYBODY SING: (To the tune of Disney’s “It’s a Small World”) it’s a world of laughter, a world or tears it?s a world of hopes, it?s a world of fear there?s so much that we share that its time we’re aware it?s a small world after all Anyone who has floated through the Disney Small…

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Ford Fiestas doing Double Duty

Last year Ford brought100 European-spec Fiestas to the U.S. to be used a part of an introductory program called the Fiesta Movement. The cars were given to ?agents? to drive in a variety of introductory programs and competitions.? The program received a phenomenal response and tons of publicity for the new Ford small car for…

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Ford is having a Fuel Economy Fiesta

When the Fiesta arrives at Ford dealers this summer it will be the most fuel-efficient car in its class eclipsing the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has certified the Fiesta with six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission at 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.? That makes it 5 mpg better than…

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Test Drive: 2011 Ford Fiesta

San Francisco ? After years of a of a philosophy that seemed to advocate bigger is better, Ford is going BIG into small cars for 2011 as it brings the Fiesta to the U.S. market. As a centerpiece of the Ford lineup in Europe for years, the newest version became the bestselling car in Europe…

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