Tag archives for Hatchback

Feature Flick: Is the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST a Mini Focus ST?

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Fans of affordable and sporty hatchbacks have another car to look forward to this summer, when the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is slated to arrive. In the latest episode of Ignition, host Carlos Lago travels to France to find out if the small hatch is a shrunken-down version of the bigger Focus ST. The Fiesta’s ST formula essentially mimics the Focus. The hot hatch gets upgraded brakes, a sportier suspension, and interior and exterior tweaks that ...

Rumors Video Roundup: Peugeot Car vs. Bike, Battle of the Z Cars, and Classic Cars in Cuba

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In this week’s Rumors Video Roundup, we give out a variety of different videos, and two comparisons, one of classic versus modern sports car, and another comparing a car versus a bicycle. We also take a sneak peek at the coming 2014 Ford Fiesta ST, and see if it lives up to the promise of its bigger brother, the excellent Ford Focus ST. Infiniti CEO Johan De Nysschen talks about the future of the brand, ...

Spied: Facelifted Ford Focus Testing In Europe

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The Ford Focus is expected to go under the knife soon for its mid-cycle refresh, and this prototype caught testing in the snow could give us our first look at the updated compact. If not the refreshed model, this mule could be an early version of the upcoming Focus RS, with its ST-like dual central exhaust and large front grille. The headlights appear similar to those of the standard Focus, lacking the in-housing LEDs strips of ...

Inside The 2013 Ford Focus ST

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It’s frustrating that many people in the USA continue to see the Ford Focus as a cheap, basic economy car. Maybe it’s a hangover from the small-car hatchback stereotype. Maybe it’s that Ford only recently begun to improve its image here. Given the features and available options inside the newest Focus, it’s anything but an economy car. The Focus ST can be had with items that were only found on luxury cars not long ago. ...

Feature Flick: Ken Block Slides a Ford Fiesta ST in Budapest

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The Ford Fiesta ST may have a smaller stature and fewer horsepower than its bigger brother, the Focus ST. No worries: rally star Ken Block borrowed a closed ice rink in Budapest to show that the Fiesta ST is probably no less fun to drive, and we’ve got the video to prove it. The ice rink in question in the capital city of Hungary, although it didn’t appear to have any ice on it. No worries: ...

Ford Reportedly Moving Next-Gen Fiesta Production from Mexico To Thailand

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Since CEO Alan Mulally took the helm in 2006, Ford Motor Company morphed from a multinational enterprise characterized by regional fiefdoms, to a truly global operation building cars on common platforms worldwide. Although names and some specifications may vary from market-to-market, this global commonality has allowed the company to shift its production mix from continent to continent, moving quickly to optimize output to the demand of specific markets. According to a report from The Detroit ...

What’s Not “World Car” About Ford’s 2013 Focus ST

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The 2013 Ford Focus ST is a world car. Important bits like the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, the six-speed Getrag gearbox, chassis tuning, and even the Goodyear summer performance tires are fitted to all STs, no matter what the country. Still, some changes are necessary for the North American model. What you are about to read enters a world that only savants like myself wander. If you recognize some of the following, it’s because I wrote the ...

Dissecting the 2013 Ford Focus ST’s Powertrain

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The 2013 Ford Focus ST’s engine is quite a beast. The all-aluminum, turbocharged 2.0-liter four develops an impressive 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The soon-to-be-replaced, sixth-generation Volkswagen GTI’s engine is of similar spec but is only rated at 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. The powerful Ford also carries excellent EPA fuel economy numbers: 23 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. On paper, this is an impressive powertrain. But as with any engine, ...

2014 Ford Fiesta SFE Hits 41 MPG Highway

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Minor updates to its aerodynamic components and powertrain calibration allows the 2014 Ford Fiesta to achieve 41 mpg on the highway, with the optional Super Fuel Economy package. That’s up from 40 mpg for the 2013 model; the Fiesta SFE’s city rating also inches up from 29 to 30 mpg. The SFE package is offered on the 2014 Ford Fiesta SE sedan and hatchback, but only with the car’s optional six-speed dual-clutch transmission. It includes low ...

Ford Offering Focus ST, Fiesta ST Test Drives At EcoBoost Challenge

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Want to get behind the wheel of a Ford Focus ST or the upcoming Fiesta ST? The Blue Oval will give fans a chance this summer with a thirteen-city tour called the EcoBoost Challenge. In addition to driving the hot hatchbacks, the EcoBoost challenge will also let drivers test Ford hybrid vehicles. Each of the Ford EcoBoost Challenge events will also feature a special “hypermiling” course, with instructors showing drivers how to get the best fuel ...
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