The Ford Festiva is a subcompact car according to the American classification, the urban hachback. It was presented for the first time in Japan in 1986. The premiere for the North American market was two years later, in 1988. The car was produced by the South Korean company – KIA, which was the part of Ford Corporation. The Ford Festiva was created for the customers from the North America, Asia and Australasia.
Technically was based on the platform of the Mazda DA, in which there was used the carbureted engine of Mazda B series. The last generations were equipped with the modern system of the direct injection of the fuel.
The Ford Festiva under its name was sold in the USA during the period from 1988 until 1993. In Europe it was called Mazda 121 (probably to avoid the competition with the Ford Fiesta); it was sold from 1988 until 1991 and was changed with the modern Mazda Autozam Revue. In some countries it was sold under the name of Kia Pride.
The second generation of the Ford Festiva was created by the cooperation of Kia Motors and Ford USA. The car preserved the most part of the technical equipment of the earlier model, became a little bigger, got the rounded body according to the fashion of 90’s, so called biodesign.
The hatchback is famous for its common management, not bad dynamics of the acceleration. The most part of the owners of this car consider this one to be a secure car. The Ford Festiva has a strong running gear, good package including the full electronic package and roomy luggage space (250 L). It necessary to mention that it also has the informative dashboard, good observability, crispy working transmission and quiet comfortable suspension plus the economic fuel consumption and ergonomic interior of the salon.
This model has also some drawbacks, such as the breakage of the belt and roller of the gas-distribution system. The car also the light construction of the body, the moderate course-keeping ability and the roll of car at turns, so it is not recommended to speed up to more than 100 km / h.