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Ford's Cancellation of the Fiesta Inspires Outpouring of Tributes... Just Not Here in the States

Posted November 10, 2022 5:00 AM by dstrohl
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Small cars don't have much time left on this world, apparently, and the latest casualty of that trend is the Fiesta, which Ford recently announced it will discontinue after the current model year production ends next summer. Here in the States, that news merited a collective shrug. The model has sold well here since 2010, but ask anybody on the street about the Fiesta and they'll either confuse it with the Mazda-derived Festiva or dimly recall the first-generation cars sold here from 1978-1981. Over in the U.K., however, Ford's announcement inspired the BBC and other news outlets to pen lavish obituaries, as if another institution has fallen to the wayside. Ford even made this touching "Goodnight Fiesta" video:

And here's the BBC's coverage:

That said, it was kind of an institution for European drivers. It was inexpensive, lively, pressed into rally duty, and so long-lived that many across Europe had at least some experience with one. A few years ago, Ford even reconnected with one of the Belgian test engineers who was responsible for evaluating the prototype Fiesta.

Got any fond Fiesta memories? Share them in the comments below.

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Re: Ford's Cancellation of the Fiesta Inspires Outpouring of Tributes... Just Not Here in the States

11/11/2022 12:21 PM

The future is going to come crashing down on the drivers who only want muscle cars, big sizes, and excessive power or acceleration. I look forward to that.

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11/12/2022 10:30 AM

Why do you begrudge what other people want to do with their lives and their money? Do you object to John Kerry flying around the world in his private jet to lecture people about their carbon footprint? Just wondrin' . . .

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11/13/2022 11:17 PM

Two different questions.

1. When the doer is a celebrity or otherwise reportable, they are models for others. Some people value control of power more than its size, and want to see examples of moderation, pride in doing less with less. Neither all small nor all big, but a spectrum of in between.

2. As for Kerry, how he gets around doesn't bother me -- here, I don't care how he uses his wealth. I do care if he follows public image in dealing with climate change: all CO2 generation is evil, avoid comparisons and numbers, sanctify electric cars as magically emission-free, misunderstand the role of the oceans in which carbon dioxide is highly soluble (think beverages), glorify green plants because they take in CO2 (but return it to the air when they decompose and leaves dry up and fall, like now), and ignore the service it does, which ranges from essential to frivolous. Longterm effects on food supply are what really matter. Neither all good nor all bad, but a spectrum of in between.

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