YAK Car Pic of the Day
by Jim Corbran - posted 12:00 am, April 15, 2014
Plug “Ford Aspire” into Wikipedia and it offers to take you to the Ford Festiva page (not to be confused with the Ford Fiesta). That’s how much respect the Aspire has garnered over the years. For those who don’t know, the Aspire was Ford’s answer to the mini compacts (the Geo Metro comes immediately to mind) being offered by competitors back in the 1990s. The Festiva was its predecessor. Neither car was actually a Ford: the original Festiva (1986-93) was designed by Mazda in Japan, and sold there as the Ford Festiva, eventually also badge-produced into two variations called the Kia Pride and the Mazda 121. The second generation car, like the one in our photo, was designed jointly by Ford and Kia, sold here as the Ford Aspire (1994-97), and in Asia as the Kia Avella. This red example was seen this past Sunday in Tonawanda.
— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know