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Already previewed at the end of October, the Ford Fiesta ST will arrive in Malaysian showrooms later this month. To recap, the B-segment hot-hatch offers a 1.6 litre turbocharged engine with 182 PS and 240 Nm of torque, and it’ll get to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds through a six-speed manual gearbox.

Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? Priced at RM149,888 (OTR with insurance, or RM145,842 without), the tuned-up Fiesta will go up against the RM139,888 Peugeot 208 GTi (200 hp and 275 Nm, six-speed manual, 0-100 km/h in 6.8 secs) and Renault’s RM172,888 Clio RS 200 EDC (200 hp and 240 Nm, six-speed dual-clutch auto, 0-100 km/h in 6.7 secs).

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Also announced are Ford’s October sales figures in Malaysia (1,209 units), which sees another two percent growth over last month. So far this year, Ford has sold a total of 11,426 units here, a significant 28% increase over the same period in 2013. The company is on track to achieve its all-time high record in this country.

The biggest contributor to that feat is the latest Ford Ranger. Recently updated to include electronic stability control (ESP) across all variants, the pick-up truck’s sales numbers (829 units in October, 6,831 in 2014) have surged by 46% compared to last year – not bad at all for the model’s third year in the market.