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by Tim Beissmann

The Ford Fiesta sedan has moved a step closer to an Australian launch, with the vehicle awarded four- and five-star safety ratings by ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program).

Like the Fiesta hatch, a five-star rating will apply to all Fiesta variants fitted with seven airbags (front, side, curtain, driver’s knee), while variants with two front airbags will carry a four-star rating.

The ratings are based on Euro NCAP testing of the 1.25-litre left-hand drive Fiesta hatch, with ANCAP satisfied that “the Fiesta sedan provides comparable occupant protection to the hatch”.

Overall it achieved a score of 34.45 out of 37, earning 14.90 out of 16 in the offset crash test, 15.55 out of 16 in the side impact crash test, and earning two bonus points each for having seatbelt reminders and for completing the pole test.

Interestingly the official crash test results published by ANCAP say “the Ford Fiesta sedan was introduced in Australia during 2010” although we know this is not yet accurate.

Ford Australia is expected to confirm in the coming days exactly when the Fiesta sedan will join the local line-up.

It announced at the launch of the WS Fiesta hatch in December 2008 that the sedan would arrive in the first half of 2010 when supply moved from Germany, though that has since been delayed.

Ford Australia will begin to source its Fiesta from Thailand in September, promising better equipment levels and more competitive prices, and it is expected the sedan will arrive in Australia at the same time or shortly after the hatch.

The Fiesta sedan was initially unveiled at the 2008 Guangzhou Auto Show and has been on sale in China and selected overseas markets for more than a year.

At 4409mm long, Ford’s smallest sedan is 139mm longer than the Mazda2 sedan and 459mm longer than the Fiesta hatch.




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