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History of the Ford Fiesta - the Mk2, 1983 - 1989

Since first rolling of the production line in 1976, more than 17 million Ford Fiesta cars have found homes worldwide.

Ford have developed a car that is as fresh and innovative now as it was when it hit the tarmac for the first time. The Ford Fiesta remains the one of the top-10 best-selling cars in Europe and remains one of the United Kingdom's top sellers.
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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 went onto show that Ford had every right to be with over 150,000 cars sold in their best ever year in 1987. The Mk2 was available as a 3-door hatchback and 3-door panel van, with model variants Popular, Popular Plus, L, Ghia, 1.4S and the XR2.

The Fiesta Mk2 had the following iconic features:

  • A top speed of 86mph (an increase of 5mph from Mk1)
  • Ability to go 0-60mph in 18.7 seconds
  • MPG - 43.9
  • 5-speed manual gearbox for the first time
  • First diesel Fiesta - 1.6-litre diesel engine introduced increasing fuel efficiency
  • New wraparound headlamps with indicators
  • Mk2 cars later released actually featured seat belts for the rear seats
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The new model was modernised to keep up with current trends at the time, and it was made to be more aerodynamic than the Mk1. The Ford Fiesta Mk2 was a sprightly new model and by 1987, the Fiesta was an incredibly recognisable name for Ford.

Due to the success of the Mk1 XR2, the Ford Fiesta 1.6L XR2 model was introduced in 1984 which followed on from the Mk1 XR2 as a redesign. It had a slimmer grille and was more rounded at the front, with a power boost to 95bhp. Most significantly, the body kit on the XR2 was bigger

This model was carefully designed so that it did not impact sales of the Ford Escort, but was available to be made faster through aftersales.

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