Asia Bizz: Ford India launched its much awaited automatic transmission variant vehicle of its Sedan Fiesta on February 28, 2012. The company launched its petrol variant and has priced it between Rs 8.99 lakhs and Rs 9.70 lakhs.

Michael Boneham, the president and MD of Ford India, said that the all new Fiesta powershift automatic will further open its segment. Boneham added that the new variant comes with a very affordable pricing as well as better fuel efficiency compared to the manual one.

The launch of the new product is the company’s plans to introduce eight new models in the Indian market by the year 2015. At present, the manual petrol variant of the new Ford Fiesta varies from Rs 8.25 lakhs to Rs 9.44 lakhs; while the diesel variant with manual transmission is priced between Rs 9.28 lakhs to 10.43 lakhs.

As for as the responses from the test drives of the new Fiesta Sedan are concerned, it was found that the automatic gear box is more responsive on the bends and off the roads that the manual cars. Even the shifts are smooth and do not hamper the acceleration. The new Fiesta has a 1.5 litre petrol engine Ti-VCT .