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Ford Fiesta (2008) replacement spied

By Ben Pulman

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10 October 2007 01:03

The new Fiesta looks pretty good, especially for a Ford…

Yes it does look good, but don’t knock Ford’s design. Martin Smith, who previously made Vauxhalls look nice, has transformed the Blue Oval’s looks with his ‘kinetic design’ language. Following on from the Mondeo, Kuga4x4, and recently revised Ford Focus, we now have the Ford Fiesta replacement. Underneath all that bin-bag cladding is the supermini that we’ll see next year. Ford is being tight-lipped about a sale date, but the marketing tease is set to continue for a little while longer. With the Mondeo there was an Iosis coupe concept before an estate concept was shown that was about 95 percent production ready. Only then did we see the real thing. So we're therefore expecting another Fiesta concept in spring 2008 before the real thing lands in 12 months' time.

So will it look like the Verve concept?

Pretty much. This is the three-door and you can see the shared profile. The rear light doesn’t appear to have quite the same kink extending round the side - but there’s still a stepped boot, the rising swage line and a rakish profile. Looks promising! The dashboard is disguised but like the Verve concept, all the major instrument controls are centred on the top of the dashboard. Those in the know say all bar the seats and minor detailing of the Verve's interior architecture will be carried over to production.