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Ford Fiesta Car of the Year 2009

Auto Express name Ford Fiesta Car of the Year 2009

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The new Ford Fiesta has been nominated Car of the Year 2009 by Auto Express. The Ford Fiesta also won the best supermini award and the Ford S Max won best MPV. Ford has seven nominations with the Ford Ka, Kuga and two Mondeo models commended.

The Ford Fiesta went on sale in September 2008 and more than 77,000 models have been sold in the UK. The new version has won nine awards including an international award for design and impressive accolades as 'Best Small Car' from consumer and trade media.

Nigel Sharp, managing director, Ford of Britain said: "Seven nominations from such a popular magazine have left us on a high. We knew that the new Ford Fiesta was a great car when it went on sale last year. That said, the endorsement of the motor industry's most independent critics, journalists is exceptionally rewarding and helps us to keep the new Fiesta in the minds of the UK's car buyers."

Lighter in weight but stronger and with a stiffer body, the new Ford Fiesta feels and looks a much improved car and you can bet it will be near or at the top of all the Car of the Year awards and competitions. It really is a very pleasing modern car to look at and quite distinctive. Better still it looks expensive and upmarket. The three-door models look sportier but the five-door models are in real life more practical. Inside it looks and feels the same. A nice combination of textures and materials and the upper centre console Ford is very proud of. The new all-electric power steering is perfectly weighted, precise and gives good feedback. It is light at low speeds and gets heavier the faster the car is driven. With excellent fuel economy, low CO2 emissions, cheap road tax and lower insurance costs the new Ford Fiesta really is worthy of Car of the Year.