Ford Fiesta History-Including batteries

Ford Fiesta History-Including batteries

Ford Fiesta History-Including batteries

Not surprisingly, it was yet another crisis in the oil-rich Middle East that sparked off a small car revolution. Petrol prices soared! And so car manufacturers scrambled to make a small model car in the early 1970s. Economy was to be the buzz word.

European car drivers were demanding small, economical cars to combat rising fuel prices at the pumps. Renault, VW, and Fiat were all bringing out small cars, leaving Ford a little behind.

Eventually, Ford started to develop a similar model type, and in 1976, it introduced a new model to compete with the other established brands that were entering our roads at the time.

Fiesta Mk1 was born-Ford Fiesta History-Including batteries

The little car was given the name “Fiesta,” a Spanish name, of course. The Fiesta Mk1 was to become extremely popular. It was cheap to buy and, more importantly, cheap to run. I remember the car because it was fitted with a battery that had bolt-on terminals, the 037 battery.

The car became so popular that by the early 1980s, Ford had sold over a million models.

1980 also saw the introduction of the XR2 Fiesta. This little gem of a car was to be the envy of every boy racer. Britain’s bestselling car had now reached over 2 million sales by 1982.

1983 brought the Fiesta Mk2 model-Ford Fiesta History-Including batteries

So despite the staggeringly high sales, Ford decided to give the second-generation Fiesta a slight facelift. Modifications were made to the car’s interior and dashboard. Also, the front of the car was to be made rounder.

Other options were also available, including a five speed gearbox, a better locking system, and a 1.6-liter diesel version.

Ford’s customers were very satisfied with the new design and just kept on buying the car. In fact, the Fiesta Mk2 was vastly outselling the VW Polo in its own backyard in West Germany.

Ford also kept the square terminal batteries with bolt holes as standard on all their models.

The difference was that the battery would have a square shape. However, the battery terminals were still of the bolt-on style, synonymous with Ford cars at this period of time. The part number of this battery was the 085 car battery.

Bring on the Fiesta Mk3-Ford Fiesta History-Including batteries

Ford was still upholding its promise of economy cars for the Fiesta range. So, this Mk3 model was to be no different. Including the introduction of the 1.0-litre and 1.1-liter engines to keep fuel costs down.

Car emissions were also being introduced by the EU. Ford made this car the first one to comply with the new emissions laws of 1996.

Different models included the new Fiesta RS Turbo. a better replacement for the old Fiesta XR2.

Safety features included the addition of air bags and the first cars to be fitted with an ABS braking system. With a new body shape, this was to be yet another well-liked Fiesta upgrade.

So the MK3 Fiesta was developed to have a longer and wider body shape. The car was important because it was the first one to meet the new emissions standards that were going to be put in place in 1996.

The battery size was also increased on this model, and the new 097 car battery was introduced. Once again with the bolt on Ford terminals

Changes to the battery included the introduction of the 097 battery with square Ford terminals.

Frankfurt motor show release the Fiesta 2001 to 2008

Ford was overdue for some major changes in design for this new Fiesta. So, Ford introduced a five door model that included new engine sizes, the 1.3-litre and the 1.6-liter Duratec petrol engines.

Also, the powerful Fiesta ST was introduced, which was the most powerful Fiesta model of all time.

Ford by now had changed their battery from the bolt on type to the more popular post type. The part number would be the 063 car battery.

modern Ford Fiesta car
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The 2008 -2010 Fiesta

Eco friendly was to be the buzzword amongst car producers, and Ford was no exception to this. So, 2010 saw an upgrade to the Fiesta ECOnetic model. Which was to be the most fuel-efficient five-seater family car on the market.

Owners were getting up to 75 mpg from these Fiestas. These Fiestas were fitted with the larger 075 car batteries, which are larger than the 063 batteries previously fitted.

Many upgrades were developed for the Fiesta up the recent dates. Including the use of start stop technology and the introduction of the AGM and EFB batteries.

The EFB battery is more common because it was developed for the smaller engine cars. This of which you will the 027EFB battery under most start stop engine Fiesta cars.

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