Ford New Zealand enhances Fiesta range for 2011

Ford New Zealand enhances Fiesta range for 2011

Ford NZ has officially launched its updated Fiesta range for the local market at a special event held yesterday. The popular Fiesta range sees a number of additions and enhancements for the 2011 model year including a diesel power train option and the introduction of an all-new six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission.

The 2011 Fiesta range has been on sale since 1 November and now offers small-car buyers a wider choice with improved performance and style.

Chief amongst the 2011 Fiesta’s changes is the addition of the new PowerShift automatic six-speed transmission. The new transmission introduces an efficient and smooth-changing double dry-clutch option to the petrol variants that offers the convenience of an automatic with the fuel efficiency of a manual. Effectively, PowerShift consists of two transmissions working in parallel, each with its own clutch unit. This leads to less torque interruption and a more consistent, smoother drive. This new transmission will be available with the standard-fitment 1.6-litre petrol engine.

The 1.6L petrol engine delivers 89kW and 151Nm of torque and like its diesel siblings, fuel consumption is low, with both the PowerShift and manual petrol derivatives using just 6.1-litres per 100km combined.

The Fiesta line up also includes the expansion of diesel power train beyond the already announced ECOnetic model. The efficient 1.6-litre diesel engine is torque-rich — 200Nm — and very fuel-efficient, consuming just 4.4-litres per 100km combined. Partnering the diesel engine is a five-speed manual transmission. Meanwhile, the five-door Fiesta ECOnetic will continue to offer the greenest option for drivers at 3.7-litres per 100km, making it New Zealand’s most fuel-efficient vehicle.

The 2011 Ford Fiestas now include extra equipment. All models will pack in more safety kit, which includes seven airbags along with the carry-over safety features of standard ABS braking, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and traction control.

The sports-focused Fiesta Zetec now includes a new sports suspension system. This combines specially tuned front struts, bushings and damper stabiliser bars to enhance driving performance. New sports front seats are also added.

In terms of exterior changes there’s new wheel designs and body-coloured bumpers. The 2011 Fiesta also gains a new colour and upholstery palette, comprising nine paint colours and three interior trim choices.

In addition to the introduction of LX models, the following new equipment has been added to the 2011 Fiesta range.

2011 Fiesta LX

* Larger 89kW 1.6-litre Ti-VCT engine standard
* PowerShift® Automatic six-speed dual-clutch transmission
* Driver’s beltminder
* Passenger beltminder
* New body-coloured bumpers
* New wheel design
* Six-speaker sound system
* Stowage compartment under front passenger seat
* Temporary Mobility Kit
* 1.6-litre DV6 diesel engine with five-speed manual transmission (optional)
* Side curtain and side thorax airbags with driver and passenger belt minders

Fiesta Zetec – Same as Fiesta LX but also includes:

* All-new sports suspension
* New sports seats
* 16″ alloys with new Zetec wheel design
* New sports front bumper and honeycomb grille

The 2011 Fiesta range will again come fitted with Bluetooth partnered with voice-control technology. All models feature MP3 and AUX input connections for personal entertainment devices with steering wheel mounted audio controls. Also returning with the new lineup is Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) – standard across all models.

New Zealand 2011 Ford Fiesta model range and pricing

Model Engine Transmission Power/Torque Available RRP

Fiesta LX 5D Hatch 1.6l petrol 5-sp Manual 89kW/151Nm Q4 2010 $23,990
Fiesta LX 5D Hatch 1.6l petrol 6-sp PowerShift Auto 89kW/151Nm Q4 2010 $25,490
Fiesta LX 5D Hatch 1.6l diesel 5-sp Manual 66kW/200Nm Q4 2010 $26,990
Fiesta Zetec 5D Hatch 1.6l petrol 5-sp Manual 89kW/151Nm Q4 2010 $25,990
Fiesta Zetec 5D Hatch 1.6l petrol 6-sp PowerShift Auto 89kW/151Nm Q4 2010 $27,490
Fiesta ECOnetic 5D Hatch 1.6l diesel 5-sp Manual 70kW/200Nm Q4 2010 $30,990

To find out more click here to visit the Ford New Zealand website.

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