The Ford Fiesta, which made its ASEAN debut at the recent Thailand International Motor Expo, will go into production next year at the AutoAlliance Thailand plant, which recently started producing the Mazda 2. The USD 500 million facility is a joint venture between Mazda and Ford, while the Fiesta and Mazda 2 share the same platform, so this news isn’t too much of a surprise.
Ford says that its Thai factory will supply Fiestas to the ASEAN region, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa – basically all the major right-hand drive markets in the southern hemisphere. This sporty looking five-door hatchback and a sedan will be available. A big favourite in the UK market, the B-segment Fiesta is often praised for its dynamics.
It was reported by The Edge that Sime Darby Auto ConneXion will be bringing in the Fiesta in July 2010. If so, the supermini class should be quite exciting next year as Mazda is also expected to launch the 2.