The Beijing Auto Salon has today played host to the unveiling of the Ford's all-new global small car – the Ford Fiesta.
Full details of the entire range will be revealed closer to the car's official formal launch before the end of 2008, in the mean time Ford has showcased the model range with the reveal of the all-new ‘S’ performance Fiesta.
The reveal in Europe in March of the three-door and five-door Fiesta hatch and now the China reveal of the five-door Fiesta hot hatch confirm that all-new Ford Fiesta will bring the most appealing elements of Verve Concept to production reality.
The new Fiesta range is due to hit showrooms in Europe and Asia by as early as 2008, but Australia may have to wait until as late as 2010 where it may be manufactured locally alongside the Focus.
The all-new Ford Fiesta makes extensive use of ultra high-strength steels in its body structure and every component has been scrutinized by European engineers for weight.
A light and agile package, it also retains the MacPherson strut front suspension and twist-beam rear suspension layout that has been one of its traditional strengths.
Electric-Power Assist Steering (E-PAS) is introduced in the Fiesta for the first time providing the right balance of low-speed assistance and excellent feel and responsiveness.
Finished in Passion Orange, the Fiesta S reflects the design direction which could form the new Fiesta ST and potentially a range-topping RS model - as well as the hotly anticipated Focus RS.
A throw back to its performance roots, perhaps the most prominent feature of the Fiesta S is its Escort Cosworth RS inspired rear wing design - a design element almost certain to feature on the Focus RS rumoured to make its debut sometime later this year.