Small cars continue to be a hot segment in North America and with the new Fiesta ST, introduced here at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford is expected to have the hottest hatch around.
Fiesta ST, a performance model first launched in Europe back in 2005, is yet another proof point from Ford that small cars are anything but boring. In addition to a precision sport-tuned suspension and an improved braking system, Fiesta ST packs a punch under the hood.
A new high-output variant of the award-winning 1.6-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine propels Fiesta ST with an estimated 197 horsepower and 214 lb.-ft. of torque. In comparison, Mini Cooper S makes do with 181 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft., while Chevrolet Sonic RS produces just 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft.
Unlike the competition, Fiesta ST doesn't simply look like a performance car; it's got the guts to back it up.
Fiesta ST may be born with racing DNA, but buyers won't have to pay for that performance at the pump. Available exclusively as a five-door hatchback in North America and with a six-speed manual transmission, Fiesta ST is projected to achieve up to 34 mpg.
This compact performance machine sports a unique grille and chin spoiler with new rear diffuser and fascia extensions. Bright tipped dual-Exhaust pipes and high-mount spoiler along with unique 17-inch wheels complete the visual package: Fiesta ST looks like it's made for the racetrack. The car is first of its nameplate to receive the Molten Orange tri-coat metallic paint.
Fiesta ST steering is more direct and responsive than the base model. A unique suspension with modified front knuckle makes for a quicker overall steering ratio of 13.6:1.
The rear axle gets increased roll stiffness to improve stability through fast corners, while the Fiesta ST body sits 15 millimeters closer to the ground than the base model.
Increased mechanical grip provided by the suspension improvements is further enhanced with electronic Torque Vectoring Control to reduce understeer during hard cornering maneuvers. Three-mode electronic stability control -- standard, sport or off -- enables the ST driver to select the amount of electronic aid based on current conditions. Overall, Fiesta ST provides enthusiastic drivers with the ideal mix of performance handling and ride comfort.
Fiesta ST will also sound good on the open road. It features the mechanical version of the sound symposer first used on the Focus ST, which went on sale in North America earlier this year, to provide an enhanced soundtrack for drivers out tackling the open road. It is unique for Fiesta in that for the first time the engine sound is directly fed into the passenger cabin to accentuate feedback quality and response.
Fiesta ST is the result of the combined efforts of Team RS in Europe and SVT in the United States.
► 2014 Ford Fiesta Titanium 5-door [US version]
Ford's new Fiesta redefines the small car with a projected best fuel
economy rating of 40 mpg-plus, an exciting new look and technology that
make it the most fun-to-drive car of its size. This expressive car rocks
the new Ford global grille, has available MyFord Touch®, and has safety
and performance features not usually associated with a car of its size. The
Fiesta is offered as a hatchback or sedan and with three powertrain options
so customers can choose the ideal ride for their lives.
The new 2014 Ford Fiesta on sale next year will be the first vehicle
available in the United States with Ford's award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine. Though the car has not
yet undergone EPA testing, it is expected to be certified as the most
fuel-efficient non-hybrid car available in the United States.
► Mercedes Ener-G-Force Concept - OFFICIAL TRAILER
Of course the concept of the Ener-G-Force for the Los Angeles Design
Challenge is pure, rendered science fiction. However, the notion of
designing tomorrow's off-roader fascinated the designers at the
Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Carlsbad, California to such an
extent that they evolved the vision of a police version into a civilian
version and even built a 1:1-scale model. Like the "Highway Patrol Vehicle
2025", the shape of the civilian Ener-G-Force is modelled after the
G-Class, the off-road icon whose continuous history goes all the way back
to the 1970s and that to this very day still tackles the future as a
stylistically and technologically advanced SUV.
Like the police version, the model of the civilian Ener-G-Force is
unmistakably inspired by the G-Class, which has long been considered an
automotive icon. However, it presents a radical reinterpretation of this
classic that looks far into the future. Important genes such as proportions
and design elements were adopted conceptually and completely redesigned and
updated in a clean concept for beyond tomorrow. Ener-G-Force Designer
Hubert Lee: "Of course we wanted to take a clear step forward, but we also
wanted the G's characteristic features". The Ener-G-Force has a similar
profile, however with a high shoulder line and scaled-down glass areas.
While the clear design idiom of the G-Class has remained, all surfaces are
designed to express intensity and tension. The meticulously executed
details also are a clear indication that the Ener-G-Force is the product of
modern times. Like the G-Class, the Ener-G-Force sports a front with an
expressive radiator grille that incorporates the headlamps. LEDs in the
headlamps form lamp units in the shape of a G. This gives the Ener-G-Force
a strong, iconic appearance and demonstrates dominance. The front
indicators and position lights are mounted on top of the wings as a
significant G-Class element.
The mounted roof distinctive to the G-Class and the tripartite glass area
also cite the fundamental genes of the classic off-roader from
Mercedes-Benz, but represent a clear step forward. This is also evident in
the large wheels, whose 20-inch rims give the Ener-G-Force a powerful,
towering stance. The Ener-G-Force also plays on the utility factor in an
entirely new way. For instance, the distinctive feature in the rear is a
slightly off-centre pull-out compartment whose cover takes up the
characteristic look of the spare wheel carrier of the classic G-Class. This
pull-out tool box can hold a wide variety of equipment items that
consequently are quickly in reach without having to open the whole
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