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About Time For A Fiesta ST


It’s Fiesta time, folks. Originally, the word ‘fiesta’ referred to a religious festival or celebration so, since cars are something of a religion for us, we’ll accept that as a link, however tenuous. The Ford Motor Company obviously felt they were on to something with that name and so it has proved, because the Fiesta has been with us successfully since 1976.

The current 6th Generation car has been on the market for about four years and it has proved immensely popular, remaining consistently on the best-seller lists. Small yet roomy, very good looking and great to drive, the car has something for everyone except perhaps out and out performance. We are all familiar with the hot ST version of the evergreen Focus and fans of the smaller car have been clamouring for a similar badge on the Fiesta. This year Ford have obliged.

Order yours now and you can expect delivery in March, depending on the order book, which is likely to be bulging. Priced at around £17,000 depending on preferences, buyers will probably want the ‘Molten Orange’ paint job. Alternative choices are ‘Spirit Blue’ and ‘Rado Grey’.

The ST is powered by the very fuel efficient 1.6L EcoBoost engine developing 180bhp which helps the car to do the 0-60mph sprint in 6.9 seconds. Despite this only 139g/km of CO² are emitted from the discreet twin tailpipes and Ford are still claiming over 47mpg, so clearly you can have your cake and eat it.

The car is 15mm lower than the standard version and sports Ford’s cutting edge Torque Vectoring Control for precision handling and cornering. The ESP system is especially interesting as it has three settings. These are ‘On’; ‘Wide-slip’, which turns off the traction control module, and finally ‘Off’ and you know what that means – no intervention whatsoever thus affording the over-ambitious driver with the spectacle of his own rear-end going past the window.

It’s three door only with a black trapezoidal grill, a big roof spoiler and the inevitable red brake callipers, just in case anyone is in any doubt that this car means business. A blissful addition is that Recaro seats are standard. A real bonus.

There’s a generous amount of the latest technology including Ford’s SYNC system that controls your music and ‘phone with voice commands. The car is also offered with the MyKey system which enables performance limitations in case you lend it to your kids. Seriously; as if.

Ford have done it again. The Fiesta has always been a good car and the current model is the best yet. The ST goes one step further and that’s a true religious experience.

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Cars On Television


Great news! After a year’s break and no Christmas special, the premier car show – in the world – is returning to our small screens next Sunday for seven weeks. That’s right; TG is back and as usual the three refugees from Last Of the Summer Wine will again grace our TV’s with their usual larky high jinks and a choice selection of (mostly) desirable cars.

But is that enough? Are car and driving enthusiasts catered for on the box? The problem is that cars are still viewed by the chattering classes as evil incarnate. Somehow or other, the automobile has taken the brunt of the climate change guilt without a fair hearing. Certainly the car must take its share of blame but if any industry has pulled out all the stops to work towards a cleaner future more than car manufacturing, it would come as a big surprise.

There’s Fifth Gear of course but these days it seems hastily cobbled together, trying to pack an hour’s show into half that time. It is rushed, no matter how enthusiastic the presenters are. Also, it has been shunted off to the Discovery Channel robbing terrestrial viewers of even that delight.

Motor sport fans fare just as badly. The BBC believe that Formula One is the only game in town and all the UK channels, however received or broadcast, completely ignore motor rallies; even the World Championship. Motors TV tries hard and ITV4 covers the British Touring Car Championship very well, but that’s it.

Thanks in the main to JC, Top Gear has moved on from the stiff and starchy early days (Noel Edmonds! Angela Rippon!) to a more fluid format but has the emphasis shifted too far towards fun rather than car content? Every driving nut in the country would no doubt like to try a Pagani Huayra but very few of them would buy one even if they had the very many Euros required.

However, many would be interested in hearing about the new Fiesta ST or the latest Freelander. There’s a wealth of autos priced under £30k that would satisfy everyone’s needs whatever their fancy. The Crossover / SUV market is awash with desirable, well-priced vehicles, for example.

Nissan’s popular Juke (a third of a million of them built so far) has been breathed upon by Nissan Motorsport resulting in the Nismo, a 197bhp pocket rocket (see image) that will satisfy most drivers for a modest twenty thousand. Why, on British third world roads, would we need more?

We probably don’t want TG to change but we almost certainly would like a magazine programme that covers the sorts of cars we mostly buy. It doesn’t have to be stuffy provided the presenters are personable people who, crucially, actually know about cars and the needs of modern motorists. What do you think?

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