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Ford goes back to the drawing board to produce an even sharper, sexier Fiesta

12 Dec 2008

THE "most significant global new Ford since the Model T", as Ford Australia president Marin Burela describes the all-new Fiesta, has a massive job ahead if it is to secure more light-car buyers that ever while lifting the beleaguered US company up from its boot straps. Luckily, then, the 2009 WS-series Fiesta is more than ready for the task, with a level of competence that elevates the German-built hatchback to the status of world’s best supermini. Ladies, gentlemen, kids and geeks, in the multimedia vernacular to which the new Fiesta so ably subscribes, this ain’t no model T... it’s a model for U.

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Model release date: 1 January 2009 to 1 July 2013

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Ford WQ-series Fiesta

Released: Feb 2006
Ended: Jan 2009
Family Tree: Fiesta

Ford's facelift of its third-generation front-wheel drive Fiesta – in three or five-door hatchback guises – continued to be sourced from Germany. It featured the same 74kW/146Nm 1.6-litre twin-cam four-cylinder petrol engine, regardless of whether it was mated to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox. Driving pleasure and a strong, solid feel were WQ attributes, but Ford chose to improve the former with the introduction of the XR4 version in mid-2007. Built and tuned by Ford’s ST technologies department in Europe, it included a 110kW/190Nm 2.0-litre engine from the larger Focus, mated solely to a five-speed manual. The base model was the LX, followed by the Zetec in three-door (and from December 2006) five-door shapes, as well as the five-door-only Ghia.

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