Ford Verve Concept: Ford plans to make 1 million units

Yesterday we brought you two scketches of a new small concept car that Ford will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. The Ford Verve concept hints at the next-generation Ford Fiesta and gives the first hints of Ford’s future small-car design vision.

The next-gneration Ford Fiesta will debut in Europe late next year with versions for North America and Asia set to go on sale sometime between 2008 and 2010.

According to Joe Bakaj, Ford of Europe’s head of product development, Ford plans to make at least 1 million units of the Ford-branded small car and its platform sibling, the Mazda2.

The project has been overseen by Ford”s European design director, Martin Smith, who has taken Ford”s “˜kinetic design” into a small car for the first time.

Martin Smith, Ford”s design chief of Europe said that the new Fiesta will look almost exactly the same in the US as it will in Europe with minor engineering changes that will be necessary to federalize it in the US.

Ford Verve Concept Gallery:

          

 

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