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NEW FIESTA HEADED FOR SA: SA fans of Ford's Fiesta will have to wait until early 2013 when the new model arrives in our showrooms.

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2012 Ford Fiesta

PARIS, France – Ford sets its sights on fuel economy as it launches its new six-engine Ford Fiesta range at the 2012 Paris auto show.

The South African launch is scheduled for the first quarter of 2013 and the new EcoBoost engine will form part of the range.

Glen Goold, Ford Fiesta global chief programme engineer, said: “Ford’s new Fiesta is taking compact car fuel-efficiency to new heights, with the help of advanced technologies.

“The Fiesta broke the mould as a stylish, practical, forward-thinking and, most importantly, economical small car when first launched in 1976 when fuel efficiency was at the forefront of most people’s minds.

“That thinking has guided the creation of the new Fiesta today as much as it did the original vehicle.”

The new model sports an assertive design, new features and an extensive range of powertrains.

Ford Fiesta 2012 - European engines
1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol - 73kW and 91kW named the 2012 “International Engine of the Year”
1.0-litre petrol - 60kW direct-injection and twin Independent variable camshaft timing
1.5-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel - 55kW
1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel - 70kW/200Nm
1.6-litre Ti-VCT petrol engine - 77kW
1.25-litre petrol engine - 44kW and 60kW

The engines can be mated to the automaker's six-speed auto transmission.

Ford has developed new chassis and suspension components to improve the ride quality and refinement. A high-performance Fiesta ST model, powered by a 133kW 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine, will join the range in early 2013.

The new Fiesta’s package of Ford driving assistance and safety features will include the MyKey system, which allows parents to encourage safer driving by limiting the maximum vehicle speed.

The automaker’s SYNC system has emergency assistance capable of directly connecting the vehicle occupants to local emergency services operators after a collision.

Also introduced to new Fiesta is the automaker’s automatic braking to help prevent low-speed collisions. 'Active city stop' will be available as part of an optional driving assistance pack (including rear parking sensors and folding external mirrors).

The dynamic new version of the Fiesta has a sharper design inspired by the latest Ford global design language and concept vehicles. There are new diode headlights and a power-dome bonnet. The interior has been tweaked with relocated switches, new surface materials, interfaces and displays.

A Titanium X will be launched in the UK which adds the Keyfree system and partial leather upholstery.

The Ford Fiesta is priced from the R130 000 to R233 000 in the UK will be available in showrooms early in 2013. SA prices when they arrive here.

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