THE FORD FIESTA IS A WORLD-CLASS COMMUTER, WRITES KARLA PINCOTT
TWO little Ford Fiestas set off last week on the first leg of a drive around the world. Starting on California’s Santa Monica Pier, the journey will cover 25,000km over 20 countries on four continents and finish at the Australian International Motor Show in 57 days.
It’s a global tour to celebrate the US return of what is now a global car. Despite the Fiesta coming from an American brand, it hasn’t been sold there for nearly 30 years.
And the Fiestas on the tour are being schooled in geography and culture along the way, with stops including US talk-show host Jay Leno’s garage, a machine-gun shooting range and drive-thru wedding chapel in the US, a matchmaking festival in Ireland, a lap of the Nurburgring in Germany, camel races and a women-only car showroom in the Middle East (where women can apparently buy cars, but are banned from driving).
Asia will welcome the Fiestas with a monk’s blessing, feng shui and elephants, before the cars hit Darwin for their final leg to Sydney.
CarsGuide was behind the wheel for the first legs from Los Angeles, California to Phoenix, Arizona, and will be following the adventure at carsguide. com. au with daily blogs, galleries and video from journalists Jeremy Hart, Lucy Denyer and others. Stay tuned.