The Fiesta was launched in 1976, enabling Ford to enter the supermini market and take on the Fiat 127 and Renault 5. The car was an instant success, and over 1 million cars were sold in the first generation. The XR2 was also introduced , paving the way for Ford’s Hot Hatches. The second generation brought improved fuel economy, and introduced an indirect injection diesel engine. The MK2 XR2 was later launched with a 1600 engine and improved suspension and brakes. 1989 saw the MK3 Fiesta released, and for the first time a 5 door model was available. The MK3 also features ABS, a first in the supermini segment. More special editions including the XR2i, RS Turbo and RS 1800.
The MK4 became ever more aerodynamic, and was received a face lift in 1999 to become what was known as the MK5. The fifth generation Fiesta, also known as the MK6 was released in 2002, becoming the first Fiesta to comes with ABS and a passenger airbag as standard. A Facelift in 2005 brought the Fiesta back into play, with sales increasing and the MK6 Facelift becoming Britain’s most popular supermini for 2006 and 2007.
2006 also signified the Fiesta’s 30th Birthday, and Ford released three special editions to commemorate the event, the Zetec S “Anniversary”, the Zetec S “Celebration” and the Zetec S Red. 2009 brought with it another new Fiesta, this time the sixth generation (MK7). This new Fiesta featured more equipment, including Bluetooth and the Convers+ menu system. One important new model was the ECOnetic Fiesta, which was capable of lowering emission and improving fuel economy by a significant amount. The MK7 received its Facelift in 2013, and introduced the award winning 1.0 EcoBoost engine. July 2014 saw the Fiesta become Britain’s best selling car of all time, with over 4 million cars sold.
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