Ford Aspire

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Ford Aspire
1994-1996 Ford Aspire 3-door
ManufacturerKia Motors
Parent companyFord Motor Company Mazda
Also calledKia Avella
Ford Festiva
AssemblySeoul, South Korea
PredecessorFord Festiva
Body style(s)3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
LayoutFF layout
Engine(s)1.3L 63 hp I4
Transmission(s)3-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase90.7 in (2304 mm) (2-door)
93.9 in (2385 mm) (4-door)
Length2-Door: 152.8 in (3881 mm)
4-Door: 155.9 in (3960 mm)
Width1997: 65.7 in (1669 mm)
1994-96 2-Door: 65.5 in (1664 mm)
1994-96 4-Door: 65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height55.6 in (1412 mm)
Curb weight2,004 lb (909 kg) (2-door)
2,053 lb (931 kg) (4-door)
ManualsService Manual

The Ford Aspire was the second-generation of the Ford Festiva subcompact car sold by Ford Motor Company in the US and Canada from 1994 to 1997. The Aspire was available as a three- or five-door hatchback. The vehicles were manufactured by Kia Motors in South Korea with engine and components made by Mazda of Japan, and they were also marketed as the Kia Avella in Asia and the Ford Festiva in Japan and the Australasia region.

The Ford Aspire was the first car in its class (in North America) to have standard dual air bags and optional 4-wheel ABS . An SE model available from 1994-1995 included a blue-faced gauge package with a tachometer, a rear spoiler, alloy wheels, fog lights, and "SE" badging.

1997 Ford Aspire 5-door

In 1997, the Aspire received a new oval grille, rounded headlamps, and other minor changes. This was the last year for North American sales.

The Aspire was replaced in Kia's lineup by the Kia Rio, which was sold under its own name (until replaced by a Hyundai-based car of the same name) because the Ford-Kia-Mazda relationship had ended.

It is mentioned in Craig Cheetham's book "The World's Worst Cars". A tendency to rust, rear brake lamp assemblies prone to water leaks, and chassis problems were among its weak points. The Aspire will finally be replaced in Ford's North American lineup by the Ford Fiesta in 2010, as the spot it left vacant had not been filled since its cancellation.


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