New Fiesta and Kuga are the big newsmakers in Europe, attracting universal applause as orders for the new vehicles flood in. Elsewhere, Focus ST continues to impress.
“Very impressive” is how motoring.co.uk describes new Fiesta ST, reporting: “This new model is in the showrooms now and is a hugely exciting car. It is priced two thousand pounds less than any of its similar competitors so it really is worth exploring if you are looking for a sporty but fuel efficient car. UK sales are forecast at approximately five thousand per year and there is no doubt this will be achieved as orders have exceeded fifteen thousand already.”
“Beware Volkswagen” warns Denmark’s Bilekspressen after driving new Fiesta 1.0-litre EcoBoost. “Ford raises the bar in the small car class with the new face lifted Fiesta, which now can be bought with the advanced 1-litre 3-cylindered EcoBoost turbo engine. The small engine and the Fiesta fit like a glove. The reaction of the accelerator is phenomenal! And if it’s driven correct the noise and gas consumption is being kept low. Even though the under carriage and transmission was great before, Ford has made some changes and made it even better and still with lots of happiness when driving.”
Meanwhile, Italy’s Il Messaggero Online sums up new Fiesta as “incredible”, adding: “Born in 1976, the little Ford continues to amaze us in its sixth generation. Although it isn’t very new (it was launched in 2008), the current model remains in step with the times. The Fiesta series is constantly updated with new technology. The latest facelift, which adds the large grille typical of the latest Fords, perfectly illustrates this continuous evolution.”
UK website Car Online hails new Fiesta as “brilliant”. “Despite an onslaught of trendy French newcomers like the Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio, and the ever-present premium threat of the VW Polo and Audi A1, the Ford Fiesta remains a brilliant all-rounder, and a deserved British favourite. There’s a real verve to the Fiesta’s dynamics, though not one that compromises its refinement.”
Motor 16 (Spain) rates new Kuga highly: “The Ford Kuga has grown in every way. It is roomier, more comfortable and more technologically advanced. It is an SUV, but it has the dynamic performance of a regular passenger car. When equipped with the 140PS diesel engine, it becomes a tireless road traveller. Built in Valencia for the global market, its superb credentials make it the best Spanish ambassador.”
Il Messaggero - Ed. Latina (Italy) is another big fan: “The new Kuga has redefined the SUV concept with its dynamic lines – inspired by Ford’s Kinetic Design – and easy handling. The American crossover combines the qualities of a designer off-roader with surprising manoeuvrability. Modern and charming, the Kuga promises excellent passenger comfort thanks to its quietness and precision.”
Auto (Italy) has joined the growing ranks of Focus ST Wagon admirers. It reports: “Few models find it easy to be station wagons and sports cars at the same time. Adding a lowered suspension, a couple of spoilers and some extra power isn’t enough to turn a family car or sedan into a thrilling performance car. But with the ST initials, which stand for Sport Technologies, the Focus has been completely transformed. Its suspension, power, performance and even sound are the best that one could expect from a C-segment car. Intoxicating to drive, fun and aggressive, the Focus ST is impressive in any situation, whether pushed to its limits or driven tranquilly.”