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Ford's final Festiva doesn't address the model's fundamental shortcomings

29 Mar 2001

FORD'S Festiva has established a certain credibility among micro-car shoppers as it is seen as slightly bigger than most others in the category. The Festiva comes close to the original Laser in dimensions and does a reasonable job of carrying four people. Its performance is relatively brisk but the tyres and suspension limit road-holding abilities.
Model release date: 1 April 1994 to 1 December 2000

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The Ford Festiva is a Mazda-engineered car built by Kia in South KoreaIt was designed largely in Japan, with input from North America.

The Festiva uses many components from the former Mazda 121 ?bubble car?

Previous model

Ford Festiva WA

Released: October 1991
Ended: April 1994
Family Tree: Festiva

The Korean-built Festiva, Ford's light-car entrant, owed much to the original Mazda 121 - from the chassis to the 1.3-litre single-cam engine. Initially a 5-door hatch, it added a 3-door version in 1993. Light, cheap and sparsely equipped, the Festiva gave buyers what they paid for.

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