Ford Fiesta arrives in the Philippines

By Anna Barbara L. Lorenzo
 

TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Ford Fiesta arrives in the Philippines

The long wait is over. Ford Group Philippines has finally revealed the Ford Fiesta to the media just days before its public debut at the Philippine International Motor Show.

As TopGear.com.ph earlier reported, the new Ford Fiesta comes in 1.4-liter and 1.6-liter variants with a choice between a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback package. Pricing starts at P670,000 for the sedan with manual transmission.

The Ford Fiesta variants with 1.4-liter engines (Style, Trend MT hatchback and Trend MT sedan) are powered by a 16-valve Durateq I4 engine and a five-speed manual transmission. The 1.4-liter engine produces a maximum output of 94 horsepower at 5,750rpm and a maximum torque of 126 Newton meters at 4,200rpm.

Variants with the 1.6-liter engine (Trend hatchback, Trend sedan and Sport) are equipped with Ford’s six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission. Maximum output for this engine is 119hp and maximum torque is at 151Nm at 4,050rpm.

The Ford Fiesta comes with MacPherson strut suspension with stabilizer up front and twist beams at the rear. It is equipped with front disc and rear drum brakes.

The Fiesta 1.6-liter Sport has bigger alloy wheels at 16 inches, while the standard wheel size in the other variants is 15 inches. Fiesta Style comes with steel rims.

Other special features found only in the Sport variant of the Fiesta include the Bluetooth/Voice control with USB connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, sport-tuned suspension, perimeter alarm and rear parking sensors.

The Ford Fiesta has long been expected to be a hit in the Philippines where fuel-efficiency is a major consideration.

“We expect it to do well in the Philippines,” said Steven Tan, Ford Group Philippines vice president for sales and marketing. “Everyone will be surprised with good fuel economy, good power and low maintenance cost.”

Tan said the Fiesta’s added appeal lies in its being a global brand. The car is already the best-selling car in its segment in the United Kingdom and it just started selling in the United States. The Fiesta will be sold in the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia at around the same time.

“One thing that Filipinos are aware of is that the Fiesta is a global name,” Tan said. “You can go anywhere in the world and you’ll see the car is called Fiesta everywhere. This will give Filipinos the comfort that it’s really a global car.”

The new Ford Fiesta is sold with the following prices:

Style 1.4 MT (four-door): P670,000
Trend 1.4 MT (four-door): P685,000
Trend 1.4 MT (five-door): P685,000
Trend 1.6 Powershift (four-door): P766,000
Trend 1.6 Powershift (five-door): P766,000
Sport 1.6 Powershift: P816,000

It comes in Cool White, Highlight Silver, Sparkling Gold, Ice Blue and Black Mica for the four-door variants. The same colors as well as True Red, Aurora Blue and Chili Orage are available for the five-door variants.

The new Ford Fiesta will be on display at the Philippine International Motor Show from August 19 to 22 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Photos from Ford Group Philippines. For more photos taken during the Ford Fiesta launch, click here to visit our Events Gallery.

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  • keithdb Aug 17 2010 @ 03:09pm
    The trend powershift is the best deal IMO. Now if its features are the same as the fiesta that TG has driven in thailand, I believe this would have more bang for the buck as compared to its competitors.
  • anselmodelarocha Aug 17 2010 @ 03:49pm
    for me the 1.6l with ti-vct plus powershift at 766k confirmed honda 1.5l city/jazz and kia soul 1.6l are overpriced.hope theres an introductory discount for cash buyers
  • Dinzo Tabamo
    Dinzo Tabamo Aug 17 2010 @ 05:11pm
    @keithdb - The top of the line Sport variant we drove in Thailand has more toys and safety features than the Trend Powershift. It has a better sound system and that super cool voice command feature (it works, I tried it), dual airbags, rear parking sensors, steering wheel audio controls, a sport-tuned suspension (!), 16" alloys, and front fog lamps.

    The Sport variant may be P50,000 more than the Trend, but you get a lot of stuff for your 50k. The 1.6-liter Trend Powershift is a good middle ground if you can live without the toys, but the sport-tuned suspension is fun :).
  • fortis Aug 17 2010 @ 07:48pm
    Can't wait for a new hatchback comparo on TG! Jazz vs. Fiesta vs. Mazda 2 vs. Yaris vs. Swift!!! Biggest Little Fight is on!

    I think the Jazz is still the barometer in this segment. Let's see how the newcomers can matchup.
  • zed370 Aug 17 2010 @ 10:19pm
    saw one fiesta road testing here in sta.rosa! (I love sta.rosa, it's like the DETROIT of the Philippines. I see disguised cars every now and then - spy mode!)
  • Leopaul Aug 18 2010 @ 01:21am
    Pretty big deal! Fudge yeah!
  • ieatworld Aug 18 2010 @ 02:38am
    shouldve waited 2 more months and bought this instead of my subby impreza. :(
  • Andrew Guerrero
    Andrew Guerrero Aug 18 2010 @ 02:52am
    @ieatworld, on the bright side, the Subaru is AWD and is still a class higher.
  • m0nk Aug 18 2010 @ 05:20am
    mag FIESTA na tayo!!! nice pricing...:D
  • aargh Aug 18 2010 @ 08:46am
    very nice indeed. If i didnt have my eyes set on the 2012 focus, this is what i'll get. I hope the pricing for the focus will be as reasonable. Ford has always been competitive when it comes to pricing. Now that theyre producing awesome cars again, they could be the best bang for the buck.
  • nestortinam Aug 18 2010 @ 11:14am
    sana me diesel.
  • cristan Aug 18 2010 @ 12:35pm
    great pricing! now choosing among these cars the city, vios, rio and fiesta would be tough! i hope you could help me TG fans and car owners with your suggestions. i'd appreciate it! budget: 700k-800k;the most fuel efficient; low maintenance. will be buying soon and your suggestion would affect my decision. God bless
  • hopeless Aug 18 2010 @ 01:18pm
    @cristan: Get the fresh Ford Fiesta. Let their eyes feast on your definitely new Fiesta.
  • bayen Aug 18 2010 @ 05:20pm
    i hope posted prices remains the same till the end of the year.
  • southboy Aug 18 2010 @ 10:58pm
    in the showrooms.. oct 8 or 18..
  • HRPzb Aug 23 2010 @ 07:47am
    It won't come in green? That was my choice of color of the fiesta. :'(
  • entropy96 Sep 06 2010 @ 01:00am
    They should release the DIESEL variant as well, since diesel prices here in the Philippines are cheaper than regular gas.
  • carlcarter15 Dec 11 2010 @ 03:58pm
    what can you say about the fiesta 1.4 manual? is it fuel efficient and is it fast? please help me because i want to buy a ford fiesta..
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