Ford releases the new Ford Fiesta onto the roads of Britain

The all-new Ford Fiesta's arrival in the UK has been marked with a spectacular event at the White Cliffs of Dover.

After eight years and more than a million units of the outgoing model sold, the crown for Britain's best selling car is being passed over to a new generation of Fiesta.

Ford releases the new Ford Fiesta onto the roads of Britain
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Ford releases the new Ford Fiesta onto the roads of Britain

In a picture spectacular, the five-door Fiesta was unloaded on a crane across the water near Dover. It is also still available as a three-door too.

Power comes from a range of engines including a 1.0-litre Ecoboost with 99bhp. Also, for the first time ever, a Bang and Olufsen sound system called B&O Play will be available.

In the last 12 months the most popular choice of model has been the five-door and Ford expects this to continue with the new version.

Ford of Britain chairman and managing director Andy Barratt said: "This year the eyes of the car world in our market are on new Fiesta as it takes over the reign as top seller. Having seen all Fiesta models coming over the next nine months, I'm confident it will remain on top."

Extensive testing has been carried out to ensure the Fiesta is as tough as ever. The seats for example were tested by being pressed more than 25,000 times to make sure they don't wear out, and the leather used on the steering wheel has been crafted to ensure that hand cream or sweat doesn't affect the quality of the material over time.

Available in several trim specifications, the current Zetec and Titanium lines will be joined later this month by the sportier ST-Line variant and more luxurious Vignale. These will be available with the more powerful 1.0-litre engine with 138bhp.

An Active Crossover – a first for the Fiesta - will also follow. The hot hatch ST version will come in spring next year.

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