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The Rs 8.99 lakh Ford Fiesta Automatic launched

Last updated on: February 28, 2012 16:09 IST

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Ford India launched the New Ford Fiesta AT at the Taj Palace in New Delhi on Tuesday. Michael Boneham, president and managing director of Ford India, unveiled the car for the Indian auto market.

The new vehicle instantly garnered an enormous degree of hype in the media since its launch news was abuzz.

New Ford Fiesta will give firm competition to others in the C segment.

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Ford Fiesta Automatic price (ex-showroom Delhi)

Ford Fiesta AT Style -- Rs 899,000

Ford Fiesta AT Titanium Plus -- Rs 970,300

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Ford Fiesta AT breeds on a 1.5 litre Ti VCT engine with remarkable 6 speed dual clutch Powershift automatic transmission.

The new Ford Fiesta AT is the first C segment sedan in the Indian auto markets which comes fitted with dual clutch automatic gearboxes.

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The engine generates peak power of 110 Bhp and torque of 140 Nm.

The car is more frugal than the petrol variant with manual transmission, and gives a prudent mileage of 16.97 kmpl (certified by ARAI).

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The new Ford Fiesta AT is improved with several modifications like a lighter gearbox which gives better performance, hill hold and creep functions to drive in the peak traffic hours.

The firm has persisted with a 5-speed manual gearbox for the diesel and petrol versions.

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Ford has always been the pioneer of automobile technology and the car symbolizes Ford's expertise.

The American auto maker is eying a larger share in the Indian Auto markets with the New Ford Fiesta.

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Like all Ford cars the new Fiesta is also a very driver oriented car, loaded with many sporty features.

Ford calls this six-speed auto-box as Power-Shift and with this Ford Fiesta becomes the first car in its segment to get a Dual Clutch gearbox.

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Image: Advanced Voice control system that keeps you in command.


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Dual clutch gearbox are known to be very quick in their shifting, thanks to two clutch mechanism that this intelligent gear box engages the 1st-3rd and 5th gears on one clutch and 2nd-4th and 6th gears on the second clutch hence reducing the shift time to the lowest.

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Image: USB music port lets you take your hottest tunes with you.


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The ECU (Electronic Control Unit) intelligently detects  what speed and RPM the engine is at and also checks with the drivers throttle inputs to shift gears up or down via the two clutch that are ever ready with the correct gears.

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Image: iPod & Bluetooth connectivity that gives you the freedom to take all your favourite music with you.


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This dual clutch auto gearbox from Ford uses dry clutch system that helps reduce a massive 13kgs as compared to a wet clutch system in turn reducing the overall weight of the car and helping increase the overall fuel efficiency.

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The use of the dry clutch system also makes the gearbox go without a torque convertor etc.

Ford engineers have also put in some advanced features like micro slip that enables smooth gear changes and helps in dampening transmission noise and helps in running the engine at a much lower RPM when driving the car in the fifth and the sixth gears.

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There is a feature called as the creep forward that moves the vehicle ahead at a very gentle pace when the shift is in the drive mode and with zero throttle input.

This feature is very handy in slow bumper to bumper traffic conditions and the driver just needs to control the vehicle using the brake pedal.

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There is also a very intelligent feature on the power-shift gear box known as the Ford Grade Assist that is very handy when going uphill or while climbing a slope.

This system can be activated by a small button on the right of the automatic shifter.

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This mode intelligently selects lower gears when climbing a slope and also acts as a perfect engine braking if you are coming down a slope as you are driving in a lower gear and hence enhancing the engine rpm that acts as a brake system.

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You also get the hill assist feature that is really handy when climbing slopes.

In this feature if you completely stop uphill and you want to avoid the car from rolling back, you just need to press the brake pedal for about 3 seconds and then if you release the brake pedal the car's intelligent braking system keeps the wheels locked for about 3 seconds and gives you enough time to get back to the accelerator to move ahead.

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You get four drive modes to drive in namely, P (Park), N (Neutral), D (Drive) and lastly L (Low). Ford has not felt the need to get in a paddle shift or tiptronic shift option on the Fiesta Automatic.

For the best drive feel and optimal performance with efficiency drive in the D mode.

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In the D mode the Fiesta's automatic gearbox selects the best gear and harmoniously shifts through the six speed tranny.

In the L mode what the gearbox does is that, it downshifts to the lowest possible gear at that particular RPM and speed to give you good engine braking if on a downhill or uphill.

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You get the regular (manual) Fiesta's cruise control as standard on the automatic version too. We found the cruise control to work flawlessly on the Fiesta automatic.

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The Fiesta automatic gets an all black leather seats that make the cabin look sportier.

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The Fiesta automatic gets two airbags (Driver and Passenger), Voice activated controls (unique feature also on the manual Fiesta), auto fold mirrors with integrated turn lights, single zone climate control, front and rear fog lamps, ABS, EPAS steering system with Pull Drift Compensation (PDC), ESP (Electronic Stability Program), Alloy wheels, reverse park sensors, keyless entry etc to name a few.

These features may look a lot on papers and mean a lot but how they all work actually on the road is what really matters.



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