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Friday, July 3, 2015

Hot Wheels and Greenlight 2012 Ford Fiesta




It's not often to see a sub-compact car in small scale, but in some cases it does happen.  Throughout the years a few of them have made it to diecast, and most of it in the past decade thanks to tuner cars like the ones in the Fast and Furious movies.  However, most of them have been compact cars that are a smidge larger than the sub-compacts.  This Ford Fiesta starts in two different directions in unlikely situations: Greenlight releases their first sub-compact car in their Motor World series after the first run with the New York Yankees memorabilia, while the other one from Hot Wheels is based on Ken Block's wild rally car turned stunt driving car.


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The Festiva was Ford's subcompact car for at least two decades in the U.S. before the small car was replaced by the Kia-based Ford Aspire in the mid-1990's.  On the other side of the pond Europe had a different version called the Fiesta.  For six generations the Fiesta has been a proven success in Europe thanks to its compact size and great fuel economy.  The sixth-generation is the most stylish version of the bunch and the first one to be offered in the U.S. starting in 2011.  The bodylines are smooth, stylish in either three-door or 5-door versions, so much that when the 2012 Focus arrived it was hard to distinguish the two.  Interior is practical, but not so comfortable as a few i've driven have tight spots in the rear seats and between the pedal and center dashboard section.  The Fiesta is powered by a 1.6L DOHC I-4 that produces 105 hp. through a 5-speed manual or six-speed automatic.  Other engines include the Ecoboost 1.6 for the ST and a new three-cylinder turbo.


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It was very odd to see Greenlight make a subcompact car, something they've never done betore!  Offered here in lime squeeze green and dark blue this Fiesta looks good, with the front having the detailed swept-back headlights, small grille with Ford logo, and lower grille with side LED lights.  Note the blue one is missing the headlight lenses on my example; I guess someone at the factory forgot to put the lenses on by mistake!  The sides feature full-length windows with integrated side mirrors, a feature that will be applied to all Greenlight modern castings later on, and double 5-spoke wheels are nice and stock though the rear axle tends to sag.  The rear has the D-pillar taillights that wrap around the rear hatch door and combine with the lower black section of the bumper to give this sub-compact a sporty look.



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The interior features the detailed front and rear seats, side door panels, and the dashboard with 4-spoke steering wheel and stacked buttons in the center for the radio.  The base features some engine details at the front but is mostly the exhaust pipe thereafter.  This Fiesta has also appeared in white and the deco for the Yankees, but after that the Fiesta has shyed away from the Motor World line.


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On the other hand is a Fiesta that is so wild it deserves to be in the Hot Wheels line.  This radical car with flared fenders, rear spoiler, and low, flared ground effects is Ken Block's Gymkhana drift machine.  Ken Block is a world-renowned rally car and stunt driver recognized by the Monster logos on a black and white color scheme.  He has raced the Fiesta on the rally circuit, but on one version it was created as a drift machine featuring three differentials that can transform this AWD car to either front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive (the latter suitable for drifting).  The engine is a 2.0L I-4 that produces 600 hp. through a 6-speed semi-automated manual transmission.  Even with all of that fancy gear this race car still looks like a Ford Fiesta.

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Introduced in 2011, the Ken Block Fiesta is don in black and white graphics (without the Monster logo's), green 5-spoke wheels, and a white lower ground effects that are a separate piece from the base.  That separate base piece did not last long, however, as the latest version shows a one-piece unit instead, though the front seats inside are still part of the base color.  The flared front-end has clear headlights, large lower grille, vented hood, and if you still can't decipher what vehicle it is the Ford  and Fiesta logo adorn the hood.  The sides have radically flared fenders and a hood-mounted scoop, while still retaining the factory-stock roofline.  The rear has a large rear spoiler and flared bumper ends yet once again the stock taillights and rear hatch still prevail.  Also on the base the exhaust exits out on the right-side.  The interior only has seats for two (the rear seat is removed for lighter weight) and the dashboard looks like a stock Fiesta but instead has digital gauges, switches where the radio buttons used to be, and the shifter handle is a simple unit to hand the power while drifting away.  While many variations have been made this green recolor with blue base looks great and really shows off the details that the black color cannot, plus it looks great alongside the green Greenlight version.


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So, stock or wild, your choice as both examples of this Ford Fiesta from Greenlight and Hot Wheels offer two extremes of one car.  It's something that only comes once in a lifetime and it will be a long time before something wild like this happens again.

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