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History of the Ford Fiesta Car

The Ford Fiesta has been scooting around Europe since 1976 and when it went worldwide we saw it here for the first time in the U.S. in 2011. It is a subcompact car that seats four, and it offers excellent fuel economy. Not only that, it is fun and sporty and easy to park, so that makes it especially great around town and it hugs-it-in-the curves like nobody's business when you want to get a little spirited driving done. Add to that a high end interior, and you've got it made.

The First Generation began in 2011 to present. The 2011 Ford Fiesta was available in S, SE, and SEL and the Hatchback was available in the SE and SES trims. All models were equipped with Ford's exclusive capless fuel filler. The base S model as it stood was an excellent little entry car that offered fuel efficiency in a well-built, affordable subcompact car. It offered power mirrors, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and an AM/FM stereo with an auxiliary input jack and a USB port.

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The SE model offered a CD player, power accessories, and metallic cabin embellishments. The SEL had a premium sound system, ambient lighting, Sync multimedia voice-command, a rear spoiler, LED parking lights, and more. The SE hatchback offered the same as the SE sedan. The SES hatchback offered the same as the SEL Sedan. You could also opt for special packages with features such as keyless entry/ignition and heated leather seating, a sunroof, and special paint colors.

For 2012 the lineup, design, options and interior remained the same with the S, SE, and SEL sedans along with the SE and SES hatchbacks. All 2012 Ford Fiesta's were equipped with a 1.6L inline 4 that made 120 hp and 112 lb-ft of torque. A 5-speed manual was standard with the option of a 6-speed automatic dual-clutch automated manual transmission that provided quicker gear changes and better fuel economy. EPA estimated the Fiesta at 29 in-city mpg and 38 highway with a combined 33 mpg.

For 2103 the Ford Fiesta was offered as a sedan and hatchback in S, SE and Titanium trims. A convenience package could be added to the S trim that offered keyless entry and a CD player. The Fiesta SE came with a Convenience package to include power windows, trip computer, a six-speaker sound system along with the Sync Elements package which gave you safety communication functions, Bluetooth connectivity, and more. You could also opt for a Moon and Mood package with satellite radio, a leather shift knob, sunroof and ambient lighting.

The SE Appearance package included a rear spoiler for the sedan, LED running lights, a leather wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio, and ambient lighting. You could also opt for the SFE package that offered special tires and wheels and aerodynamic accents for a titch better fuel economy boost. The Fiesta Titanium was dressed out with the SE Appearance package and it came with 16" alloy wheels, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. A Black Sport Appearance would add a good dose of exterior black trim and two interior options for special color combinations and trim.

For 2014 the Ford Fiesta lineup included the S, SE, and Titanium trims in sedan and hatchback models while the ST was offered as a high-performance model as a hatchback. While the S trim remained the same awesome subcompact from previous years, the hatchback model gained a rear windshield wiper. The SE Appearance package now included Ford's My Touch interface with a 6.5" screen, upgraded cloth upholstery, a front center console with armrest and exterior mirrors with side markers. The SE Fiesta could also be had with a 1.0L three-cylinder engine and a Comfort package which included automatic climate control, heated front seats and more.

The Fiesta Titanium offered the SE Appearance and Comfort packages as standards along with a chrome exterior and a black grille. Add to that a rearview mirror and rear parking sensors from previous years. The ST hatchback came with all SE amenities along with a unique exterior and fog lamps, dual exhaust tips, a sport-tuned suspension, 17" wheels with summer performance tires, MyTouch, a Sony sound system with HD radio, ST-specific cloth sport's seats, aluminum trimmed pedals, door sill plates and floor mats.

New for the 2014 Fiesta SE was the turbocharged 1.0L engine that made 123hp and 125 lb-ft of torque which would get you 36 mpg with the five-speed manual transmission. The ST model came turbocharged with a 1.6L four-cylinder that made 197hp and 214 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed manual transmission. It tested fastest in its class during an Edmund's Test Track, and it churned out an impressive 29 mpg combined but if you took it on the road you could get up to 35 mpg highway miles. You could say it was definitely the little car that could-and did.

For 2015 the Ford Fiesta remained a subcompact as a sedan and hatchback in the following trims: S, SE and Titanium levels. The high-performance ST model was available only as a hatchback. The S trim added a height-adjustable driver's seat while it still offered the many great inherent standards as far as base models go. The Fiesta SE was carried over from 2014 with more bells and whistles than you would ever expect from an affordably priced subcompact. The Fuel Economy (SFE) package now included the option for the EcoBoost turbocharged engine

The 2015 Fiesta Titanium was still "Puttin' on the Ritz" with all its upscale amenities from 2014 and optional add on packages supplied all you would ever want. The Fiesta ST hatchback could be had loaded with the SE amenities and if you opted for the The ST Recaro package you could get front sports seats, gray-painted 17" wheels with red brake calipers, leather and cloth upholstery and heated mirrors.

The 2016 Ford Fiesta was offered in the following trims: S, SE and Titanium levels as a sedan and hatchback; the high-performance Fiesta ST model was available only as a hatchback. New for 2016, the MyFord Touch was replaced by Ford's Sync 3 touch screen interface and the SE trim level was available with a Black package and a sport body kit. The S model was now equipped with a standard anti-theft alarm and remote keyless entry.

The 2016 Ford Fiesta S model offers power locks and mirrors, manual windows, Sync voice controls, remote keyless entry, a height-adjustable driver's seat and Bluetooth capability. The Fiesta SE model offers a leather-wrapped steering wheel, metallic interior trim, and a front center console with armrest, cruise control, automatic headlights and MyKey parental controls. The SE Appearance and Comfort packages include plush amenities such as heated front seats, automatic climate control, Sync 3 infotainment interface with a 6.5" touch screen and enhanced voice controls, satellite radio, and an adjustable lumbar support.

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The 2016 Fiesta Titanium offers sheer luxury in a subcompact which comes standard with the SE Appearance and Comfort packages. It has a Sony sound system with HD radio, leather upholstery, chrome exterior trim, a rearview camera and keyless entry and ignition. If you want to be "One with the car," the Fiesta ST hatchback is the way to roll. This little turbocharged gem is quick, fun, easy to drive, loaded with the SE's amenities and offers great optional packages. Stand alone options include a sunroof and navigation system. You can also add a Remote Start to any Fiesta equipped with an automatic transmission.

The American subcompact market has left a lot of people feeling like they had to settle for the mundane in order to save money at the pump-this is far from the truth with the Ford Fiesta. It's like one of those magic tents that you see in a cartoon or in a Harry Potter movie: the outside is small, but once you step inside you are blown away at the huge transformation. The Ford Fiesta will not disappoint in any way: Not in looks, not in performance, not in comfort, not in creature comforts, not in quality, and not in price.

At Angela Krause Ford Lincoln in Alpharetta, Georgia, we have a full inventory of new and used Ford Fiestas. We are near Milton, John's Creek, Duluth, and Roswell. We are also near the North Point Mall, Atlanta Humane Society on Mansell Road, and the Encore Park Verizon Amphitheater. Come by today and see what this superbly engineered subcompact feels like to drive.