Ford Fiesta is turning 40 years old and over the past four decades it is safe to say that the model has had world wide appeal. It has been manufactured in different countries across the globe and with over ten million units sold to date, it clearly has a great reputation.
In light of the Ford Fiesta recently celebrating its 40th birthday, used Ford Fiesta Van retailer Van Monster, has taken a look back at this highly decorated supermini’s rich history.
The origins of the Ford Fiesta
In 1973 we witnessed a huge increase in the price of fuel due to problem in the Middle East. Following this, Ford started to consider how they could create a small and frugal car that would be able to compete in the everchanging emerging world that tapped into a shifting consumer mindset.
The created a brief that was simple but specific – to manufacture “the most outstanding small car the world had ever seen”. Seems simple enough? The car would need to be able to compete against the likes of the Fiat 127, the Renault 5 and the Volkswagen Polo.
The strategy took three years of planning and prototyping to complete and they entitled it ‘Project Bobcat’. Finally, in 1975, the original Ford Fiesta was revealed to the world.
The first model was given its name, ‘Henry Ford II’ following its production in Spain, owing recognition to its country of origin. The supermini wasn’t made available in England until 1977. Both Germany and France had availability to their consumers the previous year, 1976.
Model:Ford Fiesta Mk1
Years of production: 1976 until 1983
Time it took to get from 0-60mph: 19.1 seconds
Top speed: 81mph
Miles per gallon: 41.5
Model:Ford Fiesta Mk2
Years of production: 1983 until 1989
Time it took to get from 0-60mph: 18.7 seconds
Top speed: 86mph
Miles per gallon: 43.9
Model:Ford Fiesta Mk3
Years of production: 1989 until 1997
Time it took to get from 0-60mph: 17.6 seconds
Top speed: 88mph
Miles per gallon: 49.3
Model:Ford Fiesta Mk4
Years of production: 1995 until 1999
Time it took to get from 0-60mph: 11.6 seconds
Top speed: 106mph
Miles per gallon: 44.4
Model:Ford Fiesta Mk5
Years of production: 1999 until 2002
Time it took to get from 0-60mph: 12 seconds
Top speed: 104mph
Miles per gallon: 44.8
Model:Ford Fiesta Mk6
Years of production: 2002 until 2008
Time it took to get from 0-60mph: 13.7 seconds
Top speed: 103mph
Miles per gallon: 44.9
Model:Ford Fiesta Mk7
Years of production: 2008 until the present day
Miles per gallon: 47.9