Interesting that the Honda Fit/Jazz gets so much praise but is out sold by the tiny Fiesta in both Europe and USA.
Actually the Fiesta is a top seller in USA in its segment, but because of strange placements of the Kia Soul and Nissan Versa as B-segment (subcompact cars) is delegated to 3/4th place.
Even if I love Ford cars, as a car enthusiast I'm curious about other cars in the market even if it's from a competitor of Ford.
The Honda Jazz/Fit is not perfect, but it's impressive specially when it comes to interior packaging, how they maximized the space of a car that has the same foot print as a Fiesta, and it's only a bit taller (by 1.9 inches).
Do you have sales figures for the B-segment cars in the US? The Versa is a B-segment car.
The Jazz is more popular than the Fiesta in Asia because it doubles as a family car, and handling is actually good. When it comes to fun to drive hatchbacks, it's usually the Fiesta, Jazz/Fit, and Mazda 2 in the list.
I cannot see Ford NA withdrawing the Fiesta, as it is a solid competitor, plus with the Fiesta ST being a big hit in North America.
Strange that the next Fiesta was not introduce in Geneva this year, as I am at a loss where the heck FoE will introduce it.
FoE has no other major auto shows this year, as they will not be at this years Paris Auto Show.
And it must be really soon as it is planned as a MY2017.
The next gen Fiesta will most likely be unveiled in one of the European Auto shows next year. Based on the spy photos, it's currently in its early stages (prototype is still hiding under the old body).
What the Fiesta needs... slightly more rear passenger room and a new automatic transmission option.
I prefer a manual transmission, but based on market demand, automatics are important in Asia since this makes up a large percentage of car sales.
Current gen Fiesta cons: Aside from the smallish interior, its the Powershift transmission. (This put a dent on the Fiesta's reputation)
A lot of people got victimized by the faulty TCM of the problematic PowerShift. there was no recall (I think there was one in the US), people had to shell out the equivalent of US$1,278 or 1,167 euros to get their Fiestas fixed.
PS: I don't hate the current Fiesta, it would actually be my first choice (manual transmission model) if I were in the market for a new B-segment car.