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Old 7th November 2011, 21:41   #1261
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The answer is simple. He should have offered you a test drive. The amazing drive and handling of the car would more than answer your question as it is leagues ahead of Fluidic Verna and much better than the City.

Emm don't we all know that already? Besides I own a 1.6 Ikon and a 1.6 Fiesta ! My question to the SA was posed from the point of view of a layman who's in the market for a 9-11 Lakh Sedan.

I did test drive the petrol Titanium + with 350 Km on the odo.. in full traffic & the little i could find out was that the steering was light, very good for bad traffic.
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Took my car for the 2500 Kms. 1st free service and met the sales guys too. They told me that there is no discount on the Fiesta at present and no year end offerings are proposed so far.

Finally spotted another Fiesta outside Promenade at Vasant Kunj on Sunday evening.
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Bunch of new features to be introduced with the new Fiesta AT:

- Automatic Hill Hold.

- Hill Descent Control.

- Leather Seats.

- A new colour, Paprika Red.


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Bunch of new features to be introduced with the new Fiesta AT:

- Automatic Hill Hold.

- Hill Descent Control.

- Leather Seats.

- A new colour, Paprika Red.

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What's the point in introducing a Petrol AT? A diesel AT with price around 10.5 OTR will make a lot of sense IMO.
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Old 10th November 2011, 08:12   #1265
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Took my car for the 2500 Kms. 1st free service and met the sales guys too. They told me that there is no discount on the Fiesta at present and no year end offerings are proposed so far.

Finally spotted another Fiesta outside Promenade at Vasant Kunj on Sunday evening.
Is the recommended first service at 2500 kms? "Kitna deti hai"? In Chennai, i spotted three New Fiestas yesterday. Two of them Sea Grey and one Moondust silver.

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What's the point in introducing a Petrol AT? A diesel AT with price around 10.5 OTR will make a lot of sense IMO.
+1 to that

Can't Ford realize this?

Even the AT shift lever is not placed aesthetically. The design crease on the left and right are different So much for the fit and finish of Ford
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Bunch of new features to be introduced with the new Fiesta AT:

- Automatic Hill Hold.

- Hill Descent Control.

- Leather Seats.

- A new colour, Paprika Red.
Is that image a rendered one? In photoshop? They've managed to spoil it's look. And are those the only features to be introduced? It seems like a half hearted attempt.
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Is the recommended first service at 2500 kms? "Kitna deti hai"? In Chennai, i spotted three New Fiestas yesterday. Two of them Sea Grey and one Moondust silver.

+1 to that

Can't Ford realize this?

Even the AT shift lever is not placed aesthetically. The design crease on the left and right are different So much for the fit and finish of Ford
The AT lever is placed like that because of ergonomic considerations so that it can be easily operated by the driver. You can also see in the manual variant that the handbrake is closer to the driver than to he front passenger.
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I would second Mustang on that - even in the Vento , the HU console is slightly turned towards the driver . I guess most non TBHP people would not even make out the difference
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Is that image a rendered one? In photoshop? They've managed to spoil it's look. And are those the only features to be introduced? It seems like a half hearted attempt.
FYI the car in that picture is the model sold internationally. In international markets it is sold with a different grill and some other small exterior differences. Since the car was launched so recently I do not see the introduction of the additional features as "a half hearted attempt", rather I see it as a good move on their part.
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Even the AT shift lever is not placed aesthetically. The design crease on the left and right are different So much for the fit and finish of Ford
I think thats placed ergonomically for the driver, I dont think thats something to do with the fit & finish!
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Even the AT shift lever is not placed aesthetically. The design crease on the left and right are different So much for the fit and finish of Ford
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The AT lever is placed like that because of ergonomic considerations so that it can be easily operated by the driver. You can also see in the manual variant that the handbrake is closer to the driver than to he front passenger.
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I think thats placed ergonomically for the driver, I dont think thats something to do with the fit & finish!
What MAS is pointing is the uneven crease running around, which can be uniform irrespective of whether the lever is in the center of offset. However the uneven crease may be a parallax error and it may be uniform in reality
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What's the point in introducing a Petrol AT? A diesel AT with price around 10.5 OTR will make a lot of sense IMO.
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+1 to that

Can't Ford realize this?
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We served this question to an official recently and found out that Ford needs about 40-50k units global sales annually of this variant to sanction it. At the moment, India’s among the few countries where diesel cars beat petrol cars hands down in numbers. Countries such as China, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and South Africa are petrol markets some of which love automatic transmissions.

The One Ford strategy does not permit a country-specific model unless the demand is massive. The logic behind the One Ford strategy is developing a model that can be suited to every region on the map. According to the same official pairing the automatic transmission to the 1.5-liter diesel engine “is easy” but the investment to deem the product market ready is considerable and at this time, the global demand is too little for Ford to consider it. The reality is it is an impossible feat for Ford India to sell 50k units of all Fiesta variants put together.

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Is that image a rendered one? In photoshop? They've managed to spoil it's look. And are those the only features to be introduced? It seems like a half hearted attempt.
Like carfreak77 pointed out, that's the international model.
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Ford Fiesta 1.5 Ti-VCT PowerShift Auto: First drive review


Details of all features to be introduced with the new Fiesta AT:

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1. Hill Launch Assist – While climbing inclines it often is a matter of concern for most to prevent the car from rolling back down and banging into the car behind. The Fiesta Auto comes with Hill Launch Assist which prevents the car from rolling back. When on an incline, if you dab the brakes, the Fiesta auto will engage the ABS, and hold the car in place for as long as 3 seconds, enough time for you to dab the accelerator pedal and churn up enough power to move forward. Even if you take your foot up from the brake pedal, the car won’t move back for upto three seconds. This feature maintains enough brake pressure for up to three seconds or until the engine delivers enough torque to move up the hill. The Feature also works in reverse while backing up an incline.
2. Ford Grade Assist – There is this little button on the side of the drive selector stick. Pressing the button turns the Ford Grade Assist system on, and brings on an indicator light in the instrument cluster. The system greatly improves driving in hilly terrains. While climbing uphill, it intelligently selects a lower ratio to provide enough power and torque to prevent the car from puffing and panting. On the way down, it cleverly applies engine braking by shifting automatically into lower gears to allow better car control.
3. Micro Slip – As clear from the term, Micro Slip allows a tiny amount of clutch slippage to allow smooth gearshifts and reduce powertrain NVH. This tiny slippage also allows engine to run at5 lower rpm levels in higher gears for better efficiency.
4. Creep-Forward Function – Even with your foot off the accelerator pedal, the car creeps forward allowing the vehicle speed to be controlled only with the brake pedal. This is especially useful while parking the car at low speeds, or while backing out of a driveway.
5. Neutral Coast Down – Allows the clutches to disengage under deceleration. With the clutches disengaged the transmission freewheels, aiding fuel efficiency.
6. Good fuel efficiency – Ford claims that the PowerShift delivers fuel efficiency which is comparable with that of a manual. ARAI figures are not available, but the officials at Ford expect that the figures will be marginally above or below those of the manual transmission
7. Good acceleration – Auto transmissions are known to kill the 0-100 km/h timings of a car. With the PowerShift, however, Ford India is claiming a timing of 12.1 seconds. Now that’s not much off the 11.5s timing of the manual version
8. Leather upholstery – Ford have also included all-black leather upholstery for the car, which is unique only to the auto variant.
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16kmpl for a petrol automatic seems a bit unrealistic and doesn't the gearbox have a sports mode? What does "L" stand for?

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16kmpl for a petrol automatic seems a bit unrealistic and doesn't the gearbox have a sports mode? What does "L" stand for?
This is not a sports car to have "sport mode". L stand for "low" which means low gears e.g. 1st and 2nd. It is used when you want to lock the gear in either first or second.
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