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History of the Ford Fiesta from Mark 1 to Mark 8

History of the Ford Fiesta from Mark 1 to Mark 8

The name Fiesta (meaning "party" in Spanish) originally belonged to General Motors however was freely given for Ford to use on their new B-class car. After years of speculation by the motoring press about Ford's new car, it was subject to a succession of carefully crafted press leaks from the end of 1975.

A Fiesta was on display at the Le Mans 24 Hour Race in June 1976 and the car went on sale in France and Germany in September 1976. To the frustration of UK dealerships right hand drive versions only began to appear in January 1977. Fiesta's initial competitors in Europe included the Volkswagen Polo, Renault 5 and the Vauxhall Chevette. Chrysler UK were also about to launch the Sunbeam by this stage and British Leyland was working on a new supermini which was launched as the Austin Metro in 1980.
The name Fiesta (meaning "party" in Spanish) belonged to General Motors, used as a trim level on Oldsmobile station wagons, when the car was designed and was freely given for Ford to use on their new B-class car. After years of speculation by the motoring press about Ford's new car, it was subject to a succession of carefully crafted press leaks from the end of 1975. A Fiesta was on display at the Le Mans 24 Hour Race in June 1976, and the car went on sale in France and Germany in September 1976; to the frustration of UK dealerships, right hand drive versions only began to appear in January 1977. Its initial competitors in Europe, apart from the Fiat 127 and Renault 5, included the Volkswagen Polo and Vauxhall Chevette. Chrysler UK were also about to launch the Sunbeam by this stage, and British Leyland was working on a new supermini which was launched as the Austin Metro in 1980.
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1976 - 1983 Ford Fiesta Mk1
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The Ford Fiesta Mk1 was the first Fiesta to enter the market in Europe in 1976. It was the first front-wheel drive Ford vehicle available, and was the only second hatchback mini-car to have been built at the time in the UK.

The Mk1 found it had immediate success and was Britain's best-selling supermini by 1978. Available in a choice of 0.9 and 1.1-litre petrol engines, with a top speed of 81mph, over a million Fiesta's had been sold by Ford by 1980. This exceeded 2 million by 1982 to make it Britain's best-selling car at the time.
1983 - 1989 Ford Fiesta Mk2
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The Ford Fiesta Mk2 featured a refreshed interior and front, allowing it to be branded the Mk2. We saw the introduction of the first diesel Fiesta with this model and Ford had every bit of confidence in its new supermini. Sales would go onto show that it was a success with over 150,000 cars sold in 1987.

The Mk2 had a top speed of 86mph and could go from 0 - 60mph in 18.7 seconds. It was a sprightly new model and by 1987, the Fiesta was an incredibly recognisable name for Ford.
1989 - 1997 Ford Fiesta Mk3
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The Ford Fiesta Mk3 was significant for representing how the use/need for cars was changing. This was the first Fiesta to offer 5 doors and features such as central locking and electric windows which made it more practical. The Mk3 had a wider and longer body shape than previous models.

Winning What Car? magazine's 'Car of the Year' in 1989, the Mk3 had over 1 million units made within the first 2 years of release. As the 80s progressed, hot hatches were being released more regularly, so Ford created the Fiesta RS Turbo, which was introduced in 1990.


1976-1983

 

Ford Fiesta Mk1

 

The Ford Fiesta Mk1 was the first Fiesta to enter the market in Europe in 1976. It was the first front-wheel drive Ford vehicle available, and was the only second hatchback mini-car to have been built at the time in the UK.

The Mk1 found it had immediate success and was Britain's best-selling supermini by 1978. Available in a choice of 0.9 and 1.1-litre petrol engines, with a top speed of 81mph, over a million Fiesta's had been sold by Ford by 1980. This exceeded 2 million by 1982 to make it Britain's best-selling car at the time.
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1983-1989

 

Ford Fiesta Mk2

 

The Ford Fiesta Mk2 featured a refreshed interior and front, allowing it to be branded the Mk2. We saw the introduction of the first diesel Fiesta with this model and Ford had every bit of confidence in its new supermini. Sales would go onto show that it was a success with over 150,000 cars sold in 1987.

The Mk2 had a top speed of 86mph and could go from 0 - 60mph in 18.7 seconds. It was a sprightly new model and by 1987, the Fiesta was an incredibly recognisable name for Ford.
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1989-1997

 

Ford Fiesta Mk3

The Ford Fiesta Mk3 was significant for representing how the use/need for cars was changing. This was the first Fiesta to offer 5 doors and features such as central locking and electric windows which made it more practical. The Mk3 had a wider and longer body shape than previous models.

Winning What Car? magazine's 'Car of the Year' in 1989, the Mk3 had over 1 million units made within the first 2 years of release. As the 80s progressed, hot hatches were being released more regularly, so Ford created the Fiesta RS Turbo, which was introduced in 1990.
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1995 - 1999 Ford Fiesta Mk4
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In 1995, Ford launched the Ford Fiesta Mk4. It was instantly recognisable due to its curved, aerodynamic body shape and was Britain's Best-Selling Car from 1996-1998, when it was overtaken by the all-new Ford Focus; a replacement for the Ford Escort Moving on from the Mk3, the Mk4 featured new interior styling, new exterior styling with an oval grille, new headlamps and new Zetec 1.25 and 1.4 litre-engines.

The Fiesta Mk4 was made with excellent handling due to its developed chassis and suspension system, which was an improvement from the Mk3. It appeared that Ford had produced another successful car as it was highly popular.


The Fiesta Mark IV was not sold in North America.

The German-built Ford Puma was based on the Mark IV, sharing its underpinnings. For this reason the 1.7 VCT engine from the Ford Puma has become an extremely popular engine swap into the Mark IV and Mark IV facelift Fiesta. This gives the popular hatchback an extra 100 cc over the previous largest engine size available, variable cam timing and better ratio gearbox while still retaining a factory finish as all components are a direct swap.
1999 - 2002 Ford Fiesta Mk5
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The Ford Fiesta Mk5 is often referred to as a facelift of the Fiesta Mk4. This is because it is similar in appearance but has a Focus inspired front end with a new wheel design and new bumpers. However, it is known as the Mk5 and its own model in the UK.

The Mk5 was awarded Britain's Best-Selling Supermini in 2001. It had a top speed of 104mph and could go from 0 - 60mph in 12 seconds. Ford went onto produce the Ford Fiesta Zetec S which had updated suspension and brakes - companies also made performance parts for the engine.
2002 - 2008 Ford Fiesta Mk6
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The Ford Fiesta Mk6 was a more developed Fiesta. It had maintained the Ford Focus look and was the beginning of faster Fiestas with the introduction of the Fiesta ST. The exterior of the Mk6 was more square and it is famous for having advanced technologies which the older models did not have.

The Mk6 was one of the most efficient, inexpensive cars on the market. This was recognised through its many accolades including being the most popular supermini in the UK in 2006/7 and being the third most reliable small car in 2009.


1995-1999

 

Ford Fiesta Mk4

In 1995, Ford launched the Ford Fiesta Mk4. It was instantly recognisable due to its curved, aerodynamic body shape and was Britain's Best-Selling Car from 1996-1998, when it was overtaken by the all-new Ford Focus; a replacement for the Ford Escort Moving on from the Mk3, the Mk4 featured new interior styling, new exterior styling with an oval grille, new headlamps and new Zetec 1.25 and 1.4 litre-engines.

The Fiesta Mk4 was made with excellent handling due to its developed chassis and suspension system, which was an improvement from the Mk3. It appeared that Ford had produced another successful car as it was highly popular.


The Fiesta Mark IV was not sold in North America.

The German-built Ford Puma was based on the Mark IV, sharing its underpinnings. For this reason the 1.7 VCT engine from the Ford Puma has become an extremely popular engine swap into the Mark IV and Mark IV facelift Fiesta. This gives the popular hatchback an extra 100 cc over the previous largest engine size available, variable cam timing and better ratio gearbox while still retaining a factory finish as all components are a direct swap.
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1999-2002

 

Ford Fiesta Mk5

The Ford Fiesta Mk5 is often referred to as a facelift of the Fiesta Mk4. This is because it is similar in appearance but has a Focus inspired front end with a new wheel design and new bumpers. However, it is known as the Mk5 and its own model in the UK.

The Mk5 was awarded Britain's Best-Selling Supermini in 2001. It had a top speed of 104mph and could go from 0 - 60mph in 12 seconds. Ford went onto produce the Ford Fiesta Zetec S which had updated suspension and brakes - companies also made performance parts for the engine.
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2002-2008

 

Ford Fiesta Mk6

The Ford Fiesta Mk6 was a more developed Fiesta. It had maintained the Ford Focus look and was the beginning of faster Fiestas with the introduction of the Fiesta ST. The exterior of the Mk6 was more square and it is famous for having advanced technologies which the older models did not have.

The Mk6 was one of the most efficient, inexpensive cars on the market. This was recognised through its many accolades including being the most popular supermini in the UK in 2006/7 and being the third most reliable small car in 2009.
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2008 - 2017 Ford Fiesta Mk7
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The Fiesta Mk7 represented a change in performance and look. The Mk7 was sportier, sharper and was the first Fiesta to have an EcoBoost engine. Not only was it more efficient, it had superb handling and was very fun to drive.

Following the release of the Mk7, in 2014 the Fiesta became the best-selling car of all time in the UK. With over 4,115,000 Ford Fiesta's sold in 38 years, this fantastic car still deservedly holds that title. The Fiesta ST became more powerful and more sporty, winning Top Gear's Car of the Year in 2013.
2017 - Present Ford Fiesta Mk8
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The Ford Fiesta Mk8 is the newest model available. It features ultra-contemporary style, more advanced technology and invaluable features. The luxurious Vignale range now features the latest Fiesta and a sporty ST-Line model is available.

Also, this version includes the Ford Fiesta Active. It is the first Fiesta crossover model ever and has rugged SUV-inspired styling. Available now the All-New Fiesta Active has a heightened sense of adventure and exhilaration.


2008-2017

 

Ford Fiesta Mk7

The Fiesta Mk7 represented a change in performance and look. The Mk7 was sportier, sharper and was the first Fiesta to have an EcoBoost engine. Not only was it more efficient, it had superb handling and was very fun to drive.

Following the release of the Mk7, in 2014 the Fiesta became the best-selling car of all time in the UK. With over 4,115,000 Ford Fiesta's sold in 38 years, this fantastic car still deservedly holds that title. The Fiesta ST became more powerful and more sporty, winning Top Gear's Car of the Year in 2013.
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2017-Present

 

Ford Fiesta Mk8

The Ford Fiesta Mk8 is the newest model available. It features ultra-contemporary style, more advanced technology and invaluable features. The luxurious Vignale range now features the latest Fiesta and a sporty ST-Line model is available.

Also, this version includes the Ford Fiesta Active. It is the first Fiesta crossover model ever and has rugged SUV-inspired styling. Available now the All-New Fiesta Active has a heightened sense of adventure and exhilaration.
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