The Mazda 2 has just been launched this week but Sime Darby Auto ConneXion is keen to remind Malaysians that it’s platform mate the Ford Fiesta will also be coming this year. The Ford Fiesta will be on display at 1 Utama High Street from the 7th of April 2010 (tomorrow) until the 11th of April 2010. This is the second time the Fiesta has been on display in Malaysia – it was showcased at Sunway Pyramid earlier this year.

They are also having a little promotion called the Ford Fiesta Malaysia Movement. From what I understand this will be a series of ‘tasks’ that Malaysians have to perform and if you complete them successfully you will receive something. For Mission One, you have to head to the Fiesta display at 1 Utama, snap a photo with the car and upload it onto the Ford Fiesta in Malaysia Facebook fan page. The first 100 who submit their photos will win a pair of GSC movie tickets. There’s also some other information on the Fiesta at the Facebook page such as the preliminary specifications.

Both the Mazda 2 and the Ford Fiesta roll off the same assembly line in Ford’s Thailand plant, albeit with different internals. The Mazda 2 is only available here as a 103 horsepower 1.5 litre with a 4-speed auto while the Ford Fiesta gets two engine variants and two transmission options. The baseline is a 96 horsepower 1.4 litre engine with a 5-speed manual transmission while the top of the line car will get a 120 horsepower 1.6 litre engine mated to a quick-shifting 6-speed Ford Powershift dry twin clutch transmission.

Twin clutches offer better efficiency and better transfer of power over regular slushbox automatic transmissions so more of those 120 horses can reach your tyres compared to if the Fiesta used a regular 4-speed auto. 6-speeds also mean closer ratios so the small engine can be kept in its peak torque band more often. Other confirmed equipment include Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

The Fiesta will also come with ESP stability control which is best in class safety here in Malaysia, although it certainly won’t be best in price range as the Forte 1.6 SX which is a segment higher (C-segment car but the same price as cars in the B-segment) matches the Fiesta’s safety features with ESP stability control and dual airbags.

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GALLERY: Ford Fiesta Preview at 1 Utama High Street – Day 1

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