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Confirmed: Ford to Launch Fiesta ST in North America, Brings Big Speed and Style to the Small Car Market

  Confirmed: Ford to Launch Fiesta ST in North America, Brings Big Speed and
                        Style to the Small Car Market

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 26, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  oFiesta ST – a well-known hot hatch born in Europe and now ready for North
    America – packs a punch with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost® engine producing nearly
    200 horsepower
  oNew Fiesta ST is Ford's latest vehicle to wear the Sport Technologies
    badge, a global performance brand that debuted in North America earlier
    this year with the launch of the Focus ST
  oExclusively equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, Fiesta ST is
    expected to be a segment leader in both performance and fuel efficiency

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.

"This is a rewarding car to rev," says Mark Roberts, Fiesta calibration
supervisor. "With 177 lb.-ft. of torque available from just 1,600 rpm and 214
lb.-ft. by 3,500 rpm, Fiesta ST gives the performance and feel of an engine
twice its size. There's no waiting at all for the power to just push you back
in your seat."

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.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 172,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the
company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides
financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information
regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit
http://corporate.ford.com.

SOURCE Ford Motor Company

Website: http://www.ford.com
Contact: Craig Daitch, +1-313-594-7903, cdaitch@ford.com, Dan Mazei,
+1-313-323-7365, dmazei1@ford.com