Ford Aspire

Ford Aspire was the moniker given to the second-generation Ford Festiva, a subcompact car sold by Ford Motor Company in the US and Canada from 1994 until 1997. The Aspire was available only as a hatchback with either 3 or 5 doors and Kia Motors in South Korea made the body. Other components were also outsourced such as the engine, which was made by Mazda of Japan. It fact, the Ford Aspice was sold as the Kia Avella in Asia, and as the Ford Festiva in Japan and Australia. On the better side of things, this model would be more popular today on account of its fuel efficiency. It has an average fuel economy of about 30 miles per gallon, and even better, the manual transmission models can get up to 45 miles per gallon. To add to the benefits, this model would be great for cities such as New York and San Francisco, as it is favored for parallel parking. The Ford Aspire was the first North American car in its class to have standard dual air bags and optional 4-wheel ABS making it another reason why consumers might prefer this model over another. To satisfy the adventurous types, a sporty SE model was available from 1994 to 1995, and included a tachometer with blue faced gauges, a rear spoiler, alloy wheels, fog lights and "SE" badging. It is very rare to today find the tachometer-equipped instrument cluster making it a fairly high priced automobile if found in good used condition. The year 1997 marked a time for upgrades and the Aspire received a new oval grill, rounded headlamps among other minor changes. This was the last year for North American sales. It was soon thereafter replaced in Kia's lineup by the Kia Rio. At this point it was sold under its own name since the Ford-Kia-Mazda relationship had broken down.