The history of the Ford Fiesta goes back to the early 1970s, whereupon demand in Europe for supermini vehicles was beginning to rise. Medium sized cars like the Ford Cortina, which was constructed in the United Kingdom, were conventional rear wheel drive vehicles.
But competition was arising as tiny cars such as the Renault 5 and Fiat 127 were gaining in popularity. Thus, a new model called the Bobcat was created. This model would go on to become the basis for the Ford Fiesta. With over ten million vehicles sold since it was introduced in the 1970s, the Ford Fiesta is one of the most successful automobiles in the history of the Ford Motor Company. The Ford Fiesta is currently in its eighth generation. The vehicle was only briefly made available in the United States of America and Canada, however.
In the year 2002, the third generation version of the Ford Fiesta was unveiled. It was available in a variety of trim levels, one of which was Finesse. This was the first Ford Fiesta to feature passenger airbags and an anti lock brake system as standard features. The styling of the Ford Fiesta Finesse was said to be largely inspired by the larger vehicle the Ford Focus.