Ford Mondeo celebrates ‘20th Anniversary’
All- new Ford Mondeo arrives next year
The popular Ford Mondeo is celebrating twenty years with more than 4.5 million sold across Europe. Approximately 1,400,000 Mondeo’s have sold in the UK since its launch in 1993. To celebrate the two decades of the Mondeo, Ford has released a new internet video with voiceover by Hollywood actor Ray Winstone, star of such movies as “The Sweeney,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”, “The Departed” and “Great Expectations”.
Barb Samardzich, vice president Product Development, Ford of Europe said “Mondeo has a rich history and a bright future, across two decades, Mondeo has stood for great driving dynamics, surprising technologies, excellent safety and outstanding fuel efficiency.”
The Mondeo has made advanced features available and affordable for UK customers which will be part of its popularity. The first generation provided a standard driver’s airbag, an optional passenger airbag and offered traction control, adaptive damping, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and power steering. In 1996, a revised, restyled and lighter weight Mondeo delivered optional side airbags, which were standardised two years later together with four-channel ABS. Later in the year 2000, Ford launched the second generation Mondeo with Ford’s Intelligent Protection System, which used a network of sensors to calculate the most effective safety features to deploy in an accident. This Mondeo made heated rear seats, automatic headlamps and rain-sensing wipers available for the first time. The latest Mondeo is the first Ford to feature headlamps with LED high-beam, low-beam and signal lighting, these are quicker to illuminate, more durable and more energy-efficient than traditional filament bulb headlamps, the Mondeo’s LED headlamps turn with the steering and adapt beam projection to vehicle speed providing a greater depth of illumination at high speeds and a wider field of vision at slower speeds. Also recent powertrain enhancements to the Mondeo have resulted in CO2 emissions from just 119g/km and fuel consumption of 62.8mpg, these figures are produced from the best-selling 2.0-litre 163PS Duratorq diesel engine so the Mondeo now offers more power than its key sub-120g/km CO2 rivals.
The all-new Mondeo will arrive in the UK in late 2014. Engines will include Ford’s award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost which is expected to deliver leading fuel economy, and a petrol Hybrid Electric Vehicle powertrain. It will have segment-first adaptive full LED headlamps and debut Ford’s rear inflatable seatbelts designed to reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers.