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History of Ford Puma
Ford released the Puma in 1997, as a small sports coupe to complement their car line up. The Puma was produced by the Ford Motor Company from this point until production ceased in 2001, with the car built exclusively at the Niehl plant in Germany. Ford utilised its existing supermini, the Fiesta, as a base for the Puma, sharing many fundamental components between the two vehicles. The Puma appealed to buyers who appreciated its sleek lines and feline look, particularly the front headlights, paired with its strong range of engines. Puma won the Design Council''s Millennium Products Award for the first Ford in Britain designed solely on computer and in record time. The Ford Puma was a stylish success for Ford, with the motoring press praising its brilliant drive quality and unbeatable sense of fun. With its affordable price point the Puma was very popular and won a number of awards, including What Car? Used Sports Car of the Year in 2001 and What Car? Best ''Gem for under £1000'' in 2011, showcasing the car''s popularity with secondhand buyers.
Ford Puma (1997 - 2001)
Ford Motor Company launched its small sports coupe the Puma during 1997, built exclusively at its Niehl plant in Cologne, Germany. Depending on the model and accessories chosen, the entry level Puma was hugely affordable for a small sports coupe, which made it an instant hit. It was based on the Ford Fiesta Mk4, with a new range of engines developed in collaboration with Yamaha. It also featured a stiffer suspension to complement the new body design and close-ratio gearbox.
The Puma had a memorable launch campaign, featuring Steve McQueen. The original UK television ad used footage from the movie Bullitt paired with McQueen in the modern setting with a Puma in San Francisco.
All Ford Pumas had a front-engine, front wheel drive layout and take a three-door coupe format, with four interior seats. 15in alloy wheels were fitted as standard, with 17in alloys on the Ford Racing Puma. Four engine options were available, including a 1.4 litre, 1.6 litre and 1.7 litre VCT, with a Tickford-tuned 1.7 litre VCT used in the Ford Racing Puma. The low weight of the Puma, paired with these decent power engine options, gave the car a hugely exciting driving performance that was hard to beat at the time - particularly at such a low price point.
The Puma was one of the first vehicles to make the most of the New Edge design strategy which was first seen on the 1996 Ford Ka. As the Ka had taken the brunt of the controversy with regards to this new design style, the Puma achieved great critical acclaim in the press for its perfect proportions and cat-like design. However, the driving position was unique and the car is definitely small. What Car? reviews say: "Rear visibility is restricted by the coupe''s racy lines, which also limit the headroom in the rear. Anyone much above average height will find it cramped, but at least the reasonable boot gives it some practicality."
Production ended in 2001, although sales continued into 2002 from stock vehicles. Ford did not replace the Puma with another small coupe, choosing to introduce the Ford StreetKa instead. Many felt that the discontinuation of the Puma seemed to signal the end of the small coupe market in Europe.