After eight years as Britain’s top seller, the Ford Fiesta is making way for an all-new model arriving this month.
Students from Ravensbourne design college in London have presented their visions of the future to the Ford design specialists behind the all-new Fiesta.
Ford has confirmed that the next generation Ford Fiesta ST will be powered by an all-new three-cylinder, 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine.
The new Ford Fiesta has been unveiled with the 'most sophisticated' range of driver assistance technologies and connectivity features ever in a European small car.
The GoDrive pay-per-minute London-based car sharing service is to close at the end of the month.
The Ford Fiesta ST is now available in Europe for the first time as a five-door model alongside the existing three-door version.
In the four decades years since it was launched in 1976, Ford has sold 4,339,149 Fiestas in the UK alone, with European sales set to surpass 18 million before the end of this year.
Ford will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Fiesta at the Goodwood Moving Motor Show on Thursday, June 23.
Ford has unveiled the new KA+ five-door hatchback.
Demand for new cars in the UK remained stable in May with a steady 2.5% growth in registrations.
The Ford Fiesta ECOnetic has the best mix of fuel economy and reliability.
That's according to research carried out by Warranty Direct, after devising a top ten list of the most reliable used 'eco' cars aged three years or older. Those that offer the best combination of reliability and economy, we rated using Warranty Direct's Reliability Index which analysed its 50,000 live policies, measuring overall reliability by combining rate of failure, average mileage, age and repair cost.
With manufacturers continually developing new technology to delivers better fuel consumption and lower emissions, some more complex machines are still prone to going wrong, forcing owners to foot expensive repair bills.
The results revealed that the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic, 1.6 TDCi (95bhp) Edge ECOnetic II, with an impressive combined MPG figure of 85.6 had the best mix of fuel economy and reliability. The Smart Fortwo (CDI Pure 2d Auto) was able to match the Fiesta's MPG figure and is unlikely to let its owners down, though it suffered marginally more mechanical faults than the Ford.
The SEAT Ibiza (1.4 TDi Ecomotive), Volkswagen Polo (1.4 BlueMotion TDI (80ps) and Skoda Fabia (1.2 TDI CR Greenline II) put in a strong showing for the Volkswagen Group with closely matched scores, though the Skoda nudged ahead of its stablemates owing to an MPG return of 83.1. However, the frugal SEAT is statistically more reliable. Rounding out the top ten was the Nissan Note (1.5 dCi Visia).
David Gerrans, Managing Director at Warranty Direct commented: "the 'eco' derivatives of a used vehicle are often desirable, promising economical motoring for the cost-conscious buyer. However, savings on fuel and road tax can soon be countered with astronomical bills for mechanical or electrical failure. It is important to take these factors into account when selecting a car based on green credentials."