BIRMINGHAM, England – Ford of Britain marked 20 years of Mondeo at the high-profile Twenty20 cricket final at Edgbaston, Birmingham at the weekend. Two new models helped to celebrate the landmark – the Graphite and Titanium X Business Edition.
Launched in 1993, the Mondeo was the culmination of a five-year, £3 billion investment led by British chief engineer Richard Parry-Jones. From launch, Mondeo sales consistently topped 100,000 a year in Britain. Since 1993, almost 1,400,000 Mondeos have been sold in the UK.
Mark Ovenden, Ford Britain chairman and managing director, said: “Mondeo has become the benchmark for its class and the vehicle by which all cars of a similar size are judged. Over 20 years Mondeo has continued to evolve and offers best-in-class driving dynamics combined with excellent interior space, style and value.”
While the Mondeo has grown in size since 1993, its fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have decreased. Today’s Mondeo ECOnetic is capable of returning 65.7 mpg and CO2 levels of 112g/km, compared with 36 mpg from the first Mondeo diesel of 20 years ago.
The Mondeo Graphite is said to redefine the car’s entry-level specification, while Titanium X Business Edition features include chrome finished windows and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system.