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New Ford Fiesta will emit less than 100g/km CO2

The global debut of Ford’s all-new Fiesta will take place at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. The good news is that the final design remains very similar to the coupé-like profile of the Verve Concept. But the best news is that a Fiesta ECOnetic model emitting less than 100g/km of CO2 will become available later in 2008.

Other TDCi common-rail diesel engines will be available in 1.4-litre (68PS) and 1.6-litre (90PS) guises. The petrol engines on offer include the 1.25-litre (60 and 80PS) and 1.4-litre (91PS) Duratec units. These are joined by a new Duratec 1.6-litre Ti-VCT (115PS) option which provides an additional 15PS over the outgoing model but, due to variable valve timing, there is no fuel consumption penalty

From launch, all Fiestas will be equipped with the Durashift five-speed manual transmission, and a four-speed automatic transmission will be available on selected models.

It will be offered in both three and five-door body styles and the futuristic interior of the Verve Concept will also make it into this Fiesta, along with technology such as keyless starting.

Electric-Power Assist Steering (E-PAS) is introduced in the Fiesta for the first time with the aim of providing the right balance between responsiveness and low-speed assistance.

More than 12 million Fiesta models have been sold since its introduction in 1976 and this is the sixth generation of the Fiesta family.

Full technical details and UK trim levels for the new Fiesta range will be released closer to the launch of the production model in autumn 2008.