Car reviews - Ford - Festiva - GLXi 5-dr hatch
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
Did you know?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?
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Ford Festiva WAReleased: 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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