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Here's a few pics of the Fiesta shown at the dealership today. Also given word, 3 units will be delivered to the dealership by the end of the month. So I'll be heading over again here soon to get a test drive in. Also got some information about the upcoming C-Max making its debut and what Ford is going to throw the starting price at. ''Very Affordable'' is all I have to say on that.

















 

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Shiny! Can't wait for our local dealers to get some in for test drives!
 

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As much as I hate the 3-bar grille on the Fusion, it actually looks great on the Fiesta sedan! The front bumper looks less chunky on the sedan since the upper opening is more pronounced, which makes the area between the air openings smaller. The chrome trim and LED's also look better on the sedan since it matches the grille. Regardless of the body style, it sure looks good in white.

Pretty good looking car in person, isn't it?
 

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Why is there a big green dot on the brake caliper?! I don't want that on mine. :D
 

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DEEEEERRRBORN! :)

Always amazed how much better the 16" wheels look on a real car vs the rendered ones on the build site.

Did this car have leather or cloth? I can't tell from the pics.
 

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It's not too shabby seeing it in person since this is a full NA spec Model. It had Black Leather with the White Piping Trim on it. Unfortunately no test drives allowed, even the salesmen weren't allowed to play with it at all. There was a Ford Media Specialist taking pics along with me. I felt like an idiot being the only one there dressed in a white Ford Racing Tee and blue jeans snapping pics of the car and checking it out first hand. In a fast summary here's my take on it.

Pros: About time Ford truly gave us a car that didn't have cheap plastic on the Dash and Door Panels.
The steering wheel as I commented to a salesmen is very hand friendly. I can hold that wheel all day with one hand while driving long distance and not get tired, just like my Focus. The Wheel Controls themselves are easy to memorize and a good driver will know how to work them without taking eyes off the road.
The Seats were nice and feel just as good as the European Seats. I sat right down and liked the fact I wasn't sitting on a couch but actually sitting in a seat like on the Euro Version. The seat was firm yet comfortable, no sinking in like somebody who weighed a few bucks had sat in it for a long time, obviously the seat is designed for longevity.
Plenty of front Legroom! I can sit with the seat up if I have passengers in the back and not have to look like a NASCAR Driver.
The car is very user friendly, the layout is well done and the car is good refresher for Ford's line up. It's got what the youth want.
The Pricing, the Fiesta gives you quality and the price to match. Another bold step for Ford in putting the competition back in its place. The Fiesta is going to be a strong seller.

The Cons:
Options, options, and more options please. I know this car is just coming out but with what's available on the Euro model we can have those as well. This car is suppose to be about personality and not your run of the mill B-Segment Compact as FoE demonstrates. Come on Ford lets see a few more Rims come over from Europe in the 16' size. Also a couple more engine options and for the love of all that is intelligent this car gets 40mpgs with a gas engine give us the Diesel. That will hit Grand Slams at dealers. Right there will hold the Japanese by their baby makers. Interior personality, one shouldn't need to have a push button start to get Leather Seats. Ford do away with your rapid spec packages and let us really get good and personal with these cars.
Fog lamp option for the front, LED Driving lights look good for the person who has to figure out what hat goes with his outfit which has to match his car. But for the guy like me who is a certified safety nut and can't get enough front end lighting that is useful for seeing rather than be seen. (Seriously if you can't see a set headlights at night and have to look for LED lights, you don't deserve to have a license.) Give me front Fogs please especially where I live its foggy often in the early morning and headlamps don't always often cut it. It would be nice to see a choice between these and Fog Lamps to satisfy both sides of the line here. A compromise can be reached without problems.

The Pros outweigh the cons and I'll have a further review once I've had my test drive.

I'll toss a couple more pics in here for yall' to keep your mouths watered.












 

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I agree with a lot of what you said Birdman! I would much rather have real fog lamps instead of parking LED lamps. Better wheel options would be nice, and so would more personalized options as well. Just as you said, the pros way outnumber the cons! For the most part, every con I can find, I can find a way to change it more to my liking. I do hope somebody comes out with a more aggressive front bumper with fog lamps and a larger lower air opening.

You are dead right on the interior! Everything is at your fingertips and nothing needs more than a second to find. Wish my current rental car was like that.
 

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Thank you Bryan, one reason I bring up the Diesel ordeal is about five people in the span of fifteen minutes who once they found out about the car what its fuel mileage was which still left them impressed. Immediately asked about a Diesel Option. The people want a Diesel. Pretty much for every Con I too can find a way to fix that with giving Trevor my hard earned cash and waiting a week to get it. Most likely I'll order a Euro Front bumper and Hood to get Fog Lamps. It will be well worth the cash spent, and I've told Ford in person that Fog Lamps would be great to have and a smarter choice. Those I said it to who work for Ford in Dearborn agreed.
 

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I saw a white Fiesta too at my dealer today, in a most peculiar way:




Nice pics, Nathan! Do you think the mirror was European sourced? (E-symbol in the glass). And is it really a LED in there? Looks to me like an amber bulb.
And your mood was 'Blue'? Good view of the mood-light!

So you had 'Fan-boy' written all over you, wearing your Ford shirt? ;)
 

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Yes that was Blue LED and I'm glad the Camera picked that up so well. I was questioned by the media specialist about why I was taking pics. The Salemen didn't care at all I chatted up with a couple of them. I told them I'm lookin in a year to buy a new daily driver and the Fiesta as well as the new Focus are suiting my needs. If I can swing it I'll snag both. I told the Media Specialist I'm covering this for a community (This community to be exact) that I work for Primerica and the Uhaul Company of Iowa. I told her U-Haul uses Ford Products and a does bit of Ford Product Promotions with that (Unintentionally but mainly with our Pickups and Cargo Vans). I was talking with a salesmen that I honestly wouldn't be surprised if the Transit Connect hits our fleet. (I've heard the rumors that it will be) It didn't sink in so fast but she got it afterwards and then didn't mind me taking pics. I was asked a couple times if I was on Fords Payroll and my response was ''I wish I were'' usualy ends that conversation right there. (All I want to do is just be given a mule to test with my huge commute back and fourth to DSM)
The Mirror I would assume so, but lately that type of mirror is hitting the Ford Lineup in other models. I've noticed other manufacturers are sporting that type of mirror as well. Though the housing would have to be E code for the indicator in it. One thing we all agreed on, this is a great car and the salesmen there are expecting to sell good numbers of them. There is a lot of positive attitude and you can tell, I asked about any brochures yet and the salesmen said no, expect soon though what they had was pitiful and I said ''More than likely what I got in the mail.'' I told him about the Brochure you sent me Marc and he laughed. It was a good time there.
 

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Thanks for your observations and pictures Mrbirdman. Why do you think they weren't allowing test drives?
 

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Due to the car's limited time there, the driver was a ''trainer'' who would be spending his time with the salesmen on training how to sell on his dealer visits. That's all they said but figure in some huge legal mumbo jumbo that would take four or five full posts to write and you get the general idea. I was told 3 units will be delivered to the dealership at the end of the month for test drives etc.. So I'll be hitting then to schedule in one for further reviews and observations. The Fiesta was there from 10am to 3pm so really no amount of time to put in actual test drives. The car was very popular with the salesmen and people around it. Comments ranged on looks to the advertising to the engine and such. Lots of GM bashing going on which I joined in with. -insert wide toothy grin that deserves to get punched- Also this was more than likely a promotional ''Hero'' model that is just for looks mostly and not for people to test out even though the car is being driven around by the ''trainer'' going from dealership to dealership explaining the car. I'm sure Team Ford can chime in on more light with that matter.
 

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"I was told 3 units will be delivered to the dealership at the end of the month for test drives etc.."

Hmmmm, I'm going to have to check with some of the local dealers and see if they too will have a few cars for test drives.
 

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We had that same car here about 3 weeks ago for formal training. We could not drive it either. It was a Ford sponsored training course to get all the salespeople up to date and show them the US version. I got the same deal about test drives :-(

I do in fact have a Lime Squeeze 5-door here in my showroom until this coming Tuesday. So if anyone is in the Vegas area, let me know.





 

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That is a Euro Version not a US version though.
 

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That is a Euro Version not a US version though.
I know that. Maybe my comments were not worded correctly.

We "did" have the same white sedan in the first post here for training. Now we have the Lime Squeeze EU version to show off in the showroom for about a week.
 

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The Lime Squeeze was brought up, if I heard the conversation correctly that the Lime Squeeze is the most popular so far.

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Gonna go a little more pic happy here and show the details of the tail lamp unit. Note: Standard 3157 Bulb for tail lamp, most likely 3156A for Turn Unit. Front unit seen in earlier pics are of a 3157A for the front turn unit. Also notice the unique feature of the tail lamp of how the lens curves abruptly.






 

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Very good pictures Birdman, quality is impressive. The fit and finish on this demo car is impressive as well.

One missing feature I do not hear mentioned from many is the driver seat lumbar. I think I read one reviewer fron the SFO event mention the lack of lumbar. Seems odd Ford N.A. deleted that feature, as it is IMO a needed or at least for me expected feature in a car as well spec'd as the Fiesta is.

The Team Ford EU spec Fiesta wheels, are those wheels not an option in North America?
 

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Hmm.... I'm going to say the US interior looks more upscale than the Euro. I think it's the darker top-dash pad and and the beefier lower-dash/console.


 

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The NA interior is significantly better looking than the Euro. The lower console on the Euro is not something you would want to look at every day. It just looks really cheap.
 
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