Friday, December 11, 2015

Friday Car Pr0n #108

One thing I've noticed as we get closer to current day cars is that fewer and fewer new models seem to be introduced. Part of it has to do with the number of manufacturers dwindling, with Pontiac/Saturn/Hummer/Plymouth/Saab and others falling by the wayside.


2008 Ford Fiesta. Although it had a three year run in the late 1970s, I'm counting this as a new vehicle. I figure 28 years between U.S. models is good enough. The Fiesta, interestingly enough, has been sold continuously outside of the U.S.; there was a brief stint where the Festiva (not to be confused with the Fiesta, mind you) was Ford's subcompact.

The Fiesta is of note mainly because it followed a trend of using previous marques to launch a new vehicle. Notably, General Motors did it (BADLY) with the LeMans, taking what had been a decent rear-wheel-drive automobile and slapping the nameplate on a Korean FWD POS. They also did it with the Nova, although at least in that case they rebranded a Toyota Corolla. It's easier to take a rebrand if it's going on a decent donor vehicle...


I've considered very few Ford vehicles in my driving life, and never owned a single one. Much of it comes from a bad experience I had in the 1990s when I was looking for a 4WD pickup. The bone-stripped Ranger that I *barely* fit in (seriously, I was banging elbows with the salesweasel, and there was NO other room in the cab) was selling for more than a significantly-better-equipped Ram 4X4. I was decidedly unimpressed.

Now, though, I do have to admit I'd consider the Mustang...

That is all.

4 comments:

poobie said...

I had the misfortune of driving an '86 Ranger while I was in high school. It had a tendency to die shortly after throttle application from idle, like say when turning left against traffic. After the second transmission, my folks finally dumped it.

Old NFO said...

Having rented a few Fiestas, they aren't bad... BUt I wouldn't own one...

Anonymous said...

I have to say, if a Fiesta ST rolled into my driveway, I wouldn't push it back out.

Montana said...

You know Jesus had a Ford...

He walked everywhere. :)