The New Ford Fiesta - Ford takes on the Honda City head on!

Sunday 08 February 2009, 00:00 AM by Satish Kalepu

Ford has started to aggressively promote itself in India. The much-vaunted Ford Fiesta was launched in 2005 and the company has been marketing for the model ever since then. However, it seems that much has been happening recently as Ford is aggressively promoting the new Ford Fiesta in India. Its recent advertisement of the new Ford Fiesta 1.6S states “Ford Leaves the City Behind” with a car passing by the city roads on to the outskirts. The play on words is subtle but has a profound effect as Ford takes its competition head on with Honda City.

The model was initially launched amidst much fanfare and anticipation. In line with the company’s expectations, Ford Fiesta has been one of the most successful Ford models in the company’s Indian product portfolio. The new Ford sedan was in news for a long time being the global car especially for the developing markets. It was pitted against its contemporary rivals like the Honda City, the Hyundai Accent, the Maruti Baleno and Esteem and the Chevrolet Optra. The initial launch was much hyped with Bollywood star Abhishek Bacchan to “Go Fida” over the model.

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The new Ford Fiesta 1.6S launched in India has now emerged as the ‘segment-winner’ with competitors having to spruce up their act. The model has lived up to its expectations with various car magazines and critics voting unanimously for the car.

“If you are choosing between these two cars to have the perfect ally for spirited motoring, then go for the Fiesta” – BS motoring, Dec 2008.

“Ford has created one of the most involving driver’s cars in India” – TopGear, Nov 2008

“That’s good value for the Fiesta S as you get a super competent car that gives you the best of both worlds – sport & comfort” – Times drive, June 2008.

The new Ford Fiesta certainly flaunts what it has got! You can experience a superb driving experience which redefines the meaning of world-class driving experience. This sedan comes loaded with a host of features that is sure to please the owner. Ford Fiesta 1.6S is the sports variant of the car that was launched last year. It accentuates the bumper treatments, sports body kit, new rear spoiler, 5-spoke 15” alloy wheel and much more. Its new suspension system offers higher level of machine and driver interaction for excellent maneuverability. On the whole, the car offers superb handling and stable on-road driving experience. The interiors of the car have been refurbished with ebony and jasper blue environment that expresses cool and refreshing look. Moreover, the car also sports a honeycomb instrument cluster, leather wrapped steering wheel that finishes with superb aluminum finish gears.

AutoCar India tags the Ford model as one of the best in its segment. “The best driver’s car in its class” – AutoCar India, Sep 2008

On the price front, the new Ford Fiesta 1.6S is genuinely a luxury car without the hefty price tag. With a price tag starting at Rs. 7 lakh, the car offers a great value for money and the critics offer their kudos and accolades to the car on that front.

“A great buy if you love driving and worth every rupee” – WhatCar India, July 2008.

“This is one of the best six figure driver’s cars money can buy” – AutoCar India, July 2008.

If you are looking for a good and reliable sedan that offers great mileage with best driving experience, the new Ford Fiesta 1.6S is surely a serious contender!

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