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Press Release: The 2012 Ford Fiesta

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On: Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 12:22PM | By: Peter C Sessler

Press Release: The 2012 Ford Fiesta

Fiesta enters the 2012 model year in North America with two new interior style packages, an expanded sport appearance package and the across-the-board addition of an integrated blind spot side view mirror and driver’s seat armrest.

Fiesta adds fashionable interior style packages that include two-tone leather-trimmed seats with harmonizing door trim inserts, color-coordinated steering wheel and instrument panel trim, premium carpet floor mats with the Fiesta logo embroidered in front and a leather-wrapped gearshift knob.

These packages are available on the range-topping SEL sedan and SES hatchback models in two distinctive color combinations. The Race Red package combines red and black leather-trimmed seating and door panels with red steering wheel and instrument panel trim. The Arctic White package mixes tuxedo black and while color scheme with a similar layout.

An expanded premium sport appearance option for Fiesta SES hatchback models also makes its debut for 2012. This option adds 16-inch polished alloy wheels and black headlamp surrounds, auxiliary LED lamp surrounds, lower grille surround, side view mirrors, window surrounds and rear spoiler. These blacked-out accents and special sporty wheels contrast the colors in the Fiesta palette, enhancing the distinctive kinetic design.

In addition, the premium sport appearance package adds a 4.25 to 1 final drive ratio on five-speed models, for better acceleration.

All 2012 Fiesta models now add integrated spotter mirrors into the side view mirrors. These spotter panes are incorporated into the outboard edges of the side door-mounted mirrors to enhance driver visibility in potential blind spots.

Fiesta is powered by a 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine delivering 120hp and 112ft.lb. of torque. This can be mated to an available PowerShift six-speed automatic transmission. For buyers preferring the control of a stick shift and clutch pedal, a five-speed manual transmission is fitted as standard.

Fiesta’s four-cylinder engine is enhanced by the inclusion of twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT). This generates additional power, and increases fuel economy, while reduces part-throttle emissions.

The Ford PowerShift transmission is a dual-clutch, direct-shift six-speed transmission that eliminates the need for a heavy torque converter. For buyers placing top priority on fuel economy, Fiesta SE sedans and hatchbacks can be specified with a Super Fuel Economy (SFE) package combining the PowerShift automatic transmission, a rear spoiler, side air deflectors, underbody shields, lower grille blockers, low-rolling-resistance tires and cruise control.

Fiesta features a class-leading array of seven airbags including a class-exclusive driver’s knee airbag, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), four-wheel anti-lock brakes and Ford’s acclaimed AdvanceTrac® with electronic stability control to help drivers keep the vehicle in control under a wide variety of dynamic driving conditions.

Like larger Ford vehicles, Fiesta employs the Trinity front crash structure to help prevent occupant injuries in a frontal crash incident. The first element is the boron steel front beam to absorb initial crash force. Boron steel shotgun rails then transmit impact forces to the Fiesta’s rigid roof structure. The third element is the decoupling engine cradle, shearing to drop the powertrain to help prevent intrusion into the passenger cabin under impact.

North American Fiesta models are built at Ford’s Cuautitlan, Mexico assembly plant.

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Stephy21 | 9:36AM (Wed, Nov 23, 2011)

very cute car!

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