Ford Fiesta – All Car History Volume 7

Ford Fiesta – All Car History Volume 7


Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta is one of Britain’s all-time favourite cars. A supermini, the Fiesta has been around for more than 30 years. One of the secrets of the Fiesta’s success is its superb reliability record.

Today’s Fiesta looks good and is a really comfortable place to be, whether you’re in the front or the back. There is much more legroom, headroom and boot space than you’d expect from a small three or five-door hatchback. High-tech options include Bluetooth, satellite navigation and voice control. A soft touch dashboard adds to the luxurious feel of the Fiesta’s interior.


Launched in the summer of 1976, the Ford Fiesta has been the best-selling supermini in Britain for almost all of its life, as well as one of the top three best-sellers in all categories for the vast majority of those years. In fact, the Fiesta is one of the most successful European small cars ever.

Over its history, more than 11 million Fiestas have been built and sold around the world through seven distinct generations.


There have been many variations of the Fiesta since its introduction in 1976, and a wide range of Ford Fiesta models are currently available. The Fiesta Studio is well-equipped, while the Fiesta Style takes the specification higher. Moving up the range, the Fiesta Zetec Climate is a sporty version whilst the Fiesta Ghia is the most luxurious option. And the Fiesta ST is directly inspired by the ultimate performance Fiesta, the Super 1600 Rally Car.


The fuel crisis of 1973 caused Ford to look at producing a car which had a wheelbase longer than the Fiat 127, but with overall length shorter than the Ford Escort. The codename for the new car was Project Bobcat. The final name choice came down to either Bravo or Fiesta. Even though General Motors Oldsmobile division had already sold a model named the Fiesta, Henry Ford II however, decided to go with his gut instinct – that Fiesta was the right name to go for.

Less than three years after its first launch, one million Fiestas had been built, the car had won a Design Council award and a German Car of the Year award, and a competition version had achieved 10th place in the Monte Carlo Rally The Fiesta was ‘What Car’s’ Best Used Supermini for 2006.



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