I am driving along a winding stretch of road between Grosseto and Siena, Italy, taking in the sun-drenched scenery of vineyards and villas. This is my first visit to Italy and as a lover of wine, art and architecture, I could now experience the best of all three.
But I didnt come to Tuscany to sightsee. I came here to drive the new European Ford Fiesta. And as I throttle, twist and push it down the road, I find myself just as impressed by the car as I am by the country.
I had just started covering Ford for Automotive News when Ford invited a group of U.S. journalists to test drive the Fiesta and some of Fords other European small vehicles the new Focus sedan and the C-Max and Kuga small crossovers. Ford plans to add all of them to the U.S. lineup within four years, with the Fiesta coming in 2011.
Europeans have long appreciated the capabilities of the Fiesta. The car was part of Fords European initiative in the mid-1990s when the company vowed to build high-quality small cars there. It has been a best-seller overseas ever since.