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2007-11-19 09:48
Ford's striking Verve concept has taken on a new form - that of four-door sedan. The latest Verve addition was unveiled at the Auto Guangzhou show in China.

"First it was the hatchback and now a very exciting and dynamic notchback," said Martin Smith, Ford's executive director of European Design.

"Looking at these concepts together, you can just imagine how exciting the successor to the Ford Fiesta will be when it hits the market."

The Verve concepts were created by Ford's European design team and clearly display a continental flair with premium features not expected in this segment.

The sedan concept, like the hatchback, has a strong front-end that, echoing the look of the new Mondeo, is not being recognised as the new face of Ford.

The rear windscreen is shaped to correspond with the forms of the high-mounted, two-piece tail lamps, a feature first seen on Mondeo, too.

Verve sedan's interior is as exciting. Designed for those that grew up with cellphones, the cabin is aesthetically pleasing yet functional.

"A new generation of buyers raised with mobile electronic devices would feel right at home in this new automotive interior, one that exceeds the standards typical in the small-car segment," said Vidakovic.

Ford's global reveal of the four-door Verve concept follows on that of the hatchback Verve shown to huge acclaim at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show.

Ford will unveil the third and last Verve concept at the Detroit Motor Show in January next year.

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