Seven Things You Might Not Know about the Ford Aspire
- The Ford Aspire was the replacement for the Ford Festiva, which belonged to Ford's subcompact car lineup.
- The car came out in two body styles: two- and four-door hatchbacks. The four-door version had a longer wheelbase than the other did. More notably, the Aspire was the first in the lineup to have dual airbags and optional antilock brakes. A revamped Aspire came out as an SE trim, with tachometer and blue-faced gauge included.
- The Ford Aspire had several competitors in the subcompact car market. Eagle Summit, Geo Metro, Toyota Tercel, Mitsubishi Mirage, Suzuki Swift, Mazda Protege, and Hyundai Accent all battled for best subcompact car title.
- Although the car bears an American nameplate, the Ford Aspire was in fact a product of South Korean innovation and Japanese engineering. Kia Motors manufactured the body of the vehicle while Mazda took care of the car's engine and other parts. Not surprisingly, the Aspire bore the designation Kia Avella for South Korean and international markets. When the relationship between Ford, Kia, and Mazda turned sour, the Aspire was replaced by the Kia Rio.
- The Ford Aspire appeared in several movies from the '90s: "Jerry Maguire" (1996), "Volcano" (1997), and "Lethal Weapon 4" (1998). In 2007, another Ford Aspire (a green one) appeared in yet another Hollywood flick: "Be Kind, Rewind." The car appeared during the recreation of a scene for the movie "Ghostbusters."
- The Ford Aspire did not only appear in the movies but in TV series as well. The 2005 hit series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" featured a red Ford Aspire, which was bought and driven by Kaitlin Olson's character Dee Reynolds. In the series, the car was stolen by a hitchhiker, which Dee picked up on the road. Sometime between 2002 and 2009, the Aspire also appeared episode on 15 of the detective TV series, "Without a Trace Season 4."
- The Ford Aspire was sold in the US market for only three years (1994 - 1997). The last model rolled off the assembly line in September 2007. The Aspire was succeeded by another subcompact car, the Ford Fiesta, which was unveiled to the North American market in 2010.