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New Fiesta van offers improved dynamics, safety and security

FORD'S much acclaimed new Fiesta is now on sale in van format with more responsive and economical 1.8 litre diesel and 1.3 litre petrol engines, revised front suspension, steering and brakes, a new interior design, standard Safeguard immobiliser, new front and rear end styling and lower running costs.

The naturally-aspirated Endura-D diesel engine, expected to be the bigger seller, offers 60PS at 4,800rpm and maximum torque of 105Nm at 2,500rpm. Noise, vibration and harshness are kept to a minimum with a rake of new measures.

On the safety front, the Fiesta van meets Ford's own 35mph rigid barrier impact criteria (37% more severe than the 30mph European safety standard) and a driver's airbag is standard. Front seatbelts now have grabbers and seats incorporate anti-submarining ramps. In addition to the immobiliser, the doors and tailgate use high-security anti-burst locks with shields and shrouding cables instead of rods. The load compartment offers a width of 900mm between the rear wheel arches and a length of 1,320mm. There is 0.9cu metres of loadspace and a full width half height steel bulkhead.

Options include power steering, passenger airbag, upper mesh bulkhead, metallic paint, convenience pack and security pack. Price for both models is £7,850 ex VAT plus £470 delivery.

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