Ford Aspire Engine

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The Ford Aspire was introduced in 1994-1996 and car the Ford and Kia worked on in partnership. It only had 1 engine offered, a 1.3 liter B3 SOHC that produced 73 hp. This is a base type subcompact car that replaced the Ford Festiva. The transmission offered was a 3 speed automatic Jatco built unit of a 5 speed standard transmission. This car was available in a 3-door hatchback, 4-door sedan and a 5-door hatchback body style. The Aspire was a first in class to have dual airbags and optional 4 wheel ABS brakes. In 1994 the Hyundai Excel was in the same class of cars but was discontinued that year. Mazda offered a Mazda 323 then later a Protégé that were similar to the Aspire.



The Aspire roots were from the Ford Festive that Ford marketed but was built by Mazda and Kia in separate countries. Mazda made the platform and the car was sold under different badges in the Asia market. In South Korea it was called the Kia Pride and in Europe is was sold as a Mazda 121. That designation is for a subcompact version of a Mazda. It was also named Laser and Telstar in the Southern Pacific market.

The third generation is now called the Mazda Demio. It is sold for the Japanese market and there it is known as the Ford Festiva Mini Wagon because of the size and design being a 5-door hatchback vehicle. They do offer a 1.3 liter and a 1.5 liter engine with both automatic and manual transmission as an option. It is not produced as an all-wheel drive version for that market. The Japanese seems to have the most all-wheel drive vehicles offered than any other market in the world. It is a combination of preference and geography.