Since 1976 the Ford Fiesta has been in production and has seen 7 generations of redesign in that time.
The super-mini class of car is popular with younger and older drivers and the trims on offer for the model make it appealing to most buyers in one way or another.
Several special edition Ford Fiesta’s have been released over the years that became cult-classics such as the XR2, RS1800 and RS Turbo.
The original model of the Fiesta was approved by the companies founder Henry Ford’s son in late 1972 to compete with the Renault 5 and Fiat 127.
When the car was first released in 1976 it came complete with modern features not expected on such a small car like air-conditioning (in North America only) and energy absorbing bumpers.
As the model evolved over the years it gained a bigger following of fans thanks to its cutting edge technology, low weight and so low running costs.
The range of engines on offer ensured that the basic platform of the Ford Fiesta would appeal to a broad market of potential customers.
Buyers were able to choose a ultra low running cost option (typically a 1 litre engine) through to sporty performance-centric 1.6 litre turbo examples that performed like a high cost sports car.
A popular option that appeared for the Fiesta in the early days (and has been carried on with each generation) is the ability to lose the rear windows so the car functions as a van (European territories only).
The Ford Fiesta has a heritage in rallying starting in 1979 when 2 of them were entered into the Monte Carlo Rally all the way through to more recently an M-Sport entry being involved in the World Rally.