Ford to offer hatchback version of Fiesta

MEXICO CITY — Ford Motor Co. has added a hatchback version of the Fiesta to the 2010 North American launch of the small economy car. The hatchback will be sold alongside the sedan.

Ford confirmed on Friday that it will build the hatchback and sedan at its Cuautitlan, Mexico, plant starting in early 2010 as part of a $3 billion investment in the country.

The Fiesta will give Ford a fuel-efficient competitor against such cars as the Honda Fit and Nissan Versa.

It's not clear whether the hatchback Fiesta will be a three-door, five-door or come in both configurations.

Ford said the Cuautitlan plant will shift from making F-series pickups for Mexico to making small cars for all of North America. The changes at the plant near Mexico City begin this year.

You can reach Richard Truett at rtruett@crain.com

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