Malaysia is no stranger to the Blue Oval. Ford has been in our markets for quite awhile, spanning back to the Escorts, Lasers and recently the Focuses, Fiestas and such. Its presence in Malaysia has been quite solid, although after the discontinuation of the Ford Laser in the late 90s, they kind of laid low till quite recently. The Laser TX3 was touted as one of Ford’s earlier racer-boy cars in the mid 90s, it appealed to the younger market due to its two-door layout, powerful B8 1.8 litre engine, and kart-like handling. Most TX3 owners modded their cars quite extensively, with some adding in turbos and other speed-inducing tweaks.
It’s very hard to find a Ford Laser these days, much less a TX3. They have been replaced with a new generation of cars, particularly the Ford Focus and its smaller brother, the Ford Fiesta. The Ford Fiesta has been around in international markets since 1976, but it was only recently that this supermini was introduced into the Malaysian market.
Now in it’s sixth generation, the Fiesta came to our shores in 2010 and caught on quite fast as it was powered by a very efficient naturally aspirated Duratec engine coming in both 1.4 litre and 1.6 litre variants. Later models eventually came with smaller 1.5 litre engines and the final edition is now powered by a 1.0 litre turbocharged Ecoboost engine which has more output than its larger 1.6 litre counterpart but twice the fuel economy. Talk about efficiency!
Another appealing feature of the Fiesta is that it is the most affordable car in our market to come with a Dual-Clutch Transmission. Dubbed the ‘PowerShift’, it is a dry clutch unit made by Gertrag and is used for less torque-demanding engines (250Nm and below), such as the Fiesta.. Yes I know many of you cringe at the sound of “DCT”, especially when faced with traffic jams and such, but when it works, it really does wonders!
But despite the addition of a DCT gearbox, there was no ‘manual’ mode for enthusiasts to have fun with. It did however give the Fiesta a pretty good fuel economy of 16.4l/100km, although the newer Ecoboost engines boast much higher fuel economy. Although being the baby hatchback of the Ford hatchback family, the Fiesta has a very unique profile with bold headlight and taillight designs befitting a very sleek hatchback. Ford has also come up with a niche performance variant; The Fiesta ST which is powered by a 1.6 litre turbocharged engine with 182 PS and 240 Nm of torque, and it’ll get to 100 km/h in less than 7 seconds through a six-speed manual gearbox.
Now in it’s 6th year in our market, the Ford Fiesta has garnered quite a number of passionate and enthusiastic owners. One of Malaysia’s leading Ford Fiesta club is the Ford Fiesta Owners Community Malaysia (Fiesta OCM), which was established in mid-2012 and initially called Ford Owner’s Club, “FOC” for short.
Few weeks back we were invited by Fiesta OCM to join their Annual Grand Meeting held in Tropicana Golf and Country Resort. To date, they have had three previous AGM’s dating back to 2013 in Cherating, 2014 in Bukit Jalil Golf Resort and 2015 in Malacca. Fiesta OCM was founded by Nazha as the President and Fahmi as the Vice President, assisted by Aizat, Shawn and Bukhari as administrators. At the time of inception, there were less than 20 members. Now they have grown to 600 members spanning across Malaysia, with the most members from the Central region, followed by the Eastern, Southern and Northern regions. Their Facebook Group consists of more than 2,500 members in which they share their passion and knowledge of their beloved little hatchback. Fiesta OCM’s aspire to be more than just a car club, but to be a community uniting all Ford Fiesta owners across the nation. Another reason for the formation of Fiesta OCM was so that they could be united as one, and also to help members with any after-sales related issues, primarily with spare-parts as well as servicing issues.
Fiesta OCM frequently organize convoys, or fun-drives to various states in Malaysia. To date, they have traveled to Penang, Malacca, Port Dickson, Desaru, Johor Bahru, Kuantan, Cherating and Janda Baik. Seeing a bunch of Ford Fiestas on the highway sure is a sight to behold. Aside from convoys, they also have BBQs, Meet & Greet sessions with new members, Photoshoots, Go-Karting Sessions, Time Attack Events, and also the mandatory Teh Tarik (TT) sessions. Fiesta OCM has future plans to personally meet new faces and introduce new members from other regions, they also have plans to involve themselves in charity drives, and other means of giving back to the larger community.
We enjoyed our time with Fiesta OCM and shared their enthusiasm and passion with their rides. For those of you who own a Ford Fiesta, please feel free to join them as their doors are always open to welcome in new members. Check out their Facebook Page; Fiesta Owners Community Malaysia. Mcclubz would like to thank Fiesta OCM for having us!