While watching the iQ, I'm also watching the up-n-coming new Ford Fiesta (formerly the Verve concept). It looks interesitng, but I'm already questioning the quality of engineering and construction. It's from Ford Europe, so all of the motor press is optomisitc that it will be good.
I sent a note to Ford customer relations off of their website, and got the following response. Here is the chain:
" Ford Motor Company - Main Topic: GeneralCorporateEmail
Questions: Please bring the 2009 / 2010 Ford Fiesta to the U.S. as a 3-door hatchback! It is a much more attractive car than the sedan.
Ford needs more excitement in their lineup, and I am certain that the new Fiesta 3-door hatch would help accomplish this mission. Please see how excited folks are about the hatch in the comments section of this web page:
I would strongly consider buying this car as a 3-door, but would probably not if it was a sedan.
FYI, I am a current Ford stockholder, and Lexus driver that will be looking for a new economy car within the next two years. I hope to see the new Fiesta hatchback as one of my choices.
Thank you for your time,
AND THEIR RESPONSE:
Thank you for contacting the Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center regarding the availability of a 2009 Ford Fiesta in North America.
There are no details at this time reflecting plans to put the Ford Fiesta into commercial production in North America.
From time to time, vehicle models are added, deleted or modified. Decisions to make these changes take into account factors such as market trends, customer demands, engineering advances, and dealership input.
The Customer Relationship Center is unaware in advance of changes that our Engineering and Design Team may be making and the specific reasons that the changes may be made in the future. This type of information is considered confidential until the appropriate media statement is released. If you are interested in some futuristic vehicle design ideas that we are working on, visit us at:
2. Select 'Innovation'
We think you will like what you see.
In addition, we appreciate your interest in affecting the direction and improving the quality of Ford products and services.
If you have any other inquiries, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to address them for you.
Customer Relationship Center
Ford Motor Company
WOW! It's common knowledge that the car is coming to N.A. in one form or another, and the best guess is the sedan. They're staying tight-lipped about something that they should be getting people fired up on! Besides, I was only wanting to clock my vote for the hatchback, and not looking for a response!
Poor Ford. So misguided.
Think I'll stick with Toyota!