Yes I did, but not as much as I was hoping to. I learned that if you like what you see in the interior pictures, please leave comments about them! Some of my pictures made it into the design studio, and the feedback from them is priceless. The same goes for the exterior pictures, Ford is listening, and if you like something, please tell them in the pictures. I did not know how much of an impact they have.
Ok, now for Fiesta stuff I learned.
1) The suspension changes are being done to maintain the same dynamics as the EU cars. There is a slight increase in spring rates and dampening rates to adjust for the increased weight of the crash structure up front.
2) Rear suspension is staying as is, with the same spring rates, shocks, bushings, and twist beam.
3) The twist beam is the same on all Fiesta's, so it doesn't need to be changed to get the "european" ride.
4) Bushings in all locations of the suspension are staying the same, so no squishiness going on there.
5) No hatchbacks have been built on the pilot line yet, only sedans. I saw a sedan and it is ok. I won't buy one as I am a hatch guy, but the back is very much like the Mondeo.
6) No idea what the powertrain and interior guys are up to.
7) Ford is watching and listening, so if there is something you like or don't like, be sure to say it! You like the gauges, say it! You like the xxx, then say it! People are listening.
8) Motorsports are still a big part of Ford, and many global performance products are being discusses.
9) Ford Racing is working on Fiesta performance parts that will be ready when the car comes out. They have a couple of Fiesta's, and one has no engine, so I am guessing the motor is being outfitted with fun stuff.
Lastly, go out and DRIVE THE FIESTA! Do whatever it takes to get to the events, tell the people there what you like and don't like. Take a video camera and tape the drive and your thoughts. This stuff matters!