Η Ford γιορτάζει το Mondeo, αφού το οικογενειακό της μοντέλο πλέον έκλεισε τα 20στα του γενέθλια. Μέσα σε αυτά τα 20 χρόνια, το Mondeo έκανε 4,5 εκατ. πωλήσεις στην Ευρώπη. Οι πωλήσεις του ξεκίνησαν το 1993 και το 1994 αναδείχτηκε ως το αυτοκίνητο της χρονιάς. Το 1996 κυκλοφόρησε η facelift έκδοση του, ενώ το 2000 βγήκε στην αγορά η δεύτερη γενιά. Η 3η γενιά έκανε την εμφάνιση του το 2007, το οποίο ανανεώθηκε το 2010.
Η νέα γενιά του Mondeo, πωλείται ήδη στην αγορά της Αμερικής ως Fusion, στην Ευρώπη θα κυκλοφορήσει στα τέλη του 2014 και ανάμεσα στους διαθέσιμους κινητήρες του θα βρίσκεται και ο 1.000αρης Ecoboost.
Γι’αυτό τον λόγο η Ford δημιούργησε και ένα video με τον διάσημο ηθοποιό Ray Winstone να αναλαμβάνει την αφήγησή του.
FORD CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF MONDEO
- Ford Mondeo celebrates 20 years, with more than 4.5 million sold across Europe, 1,400,000 in the UK
- Ford releases new internet video celebrating two decades of Mondeo with voiceover by acclaimed actor Ray Winstone
- Technologies advanced by Mondeo include airbags, traction control, intelligent protection, Adaptive Cruise Control and EcoBoost engines
BRENTWOOD, Essex, Sept. 24, 2013 – It helped pioneer standard airbags. James Bond took it for a spin. It came to define a whole voting class in Britain.
The Ford Mondeo is celebrating its 20th anniversary and more than 4.5 million sales in Europe, including 1,400,000 in the UK.
“Mondeo has a rich history and a bright future,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president Product Development, Ford of Europe. “Across two decades, Mondeo has stood for great driving dynamics, surprising technologies, excellent safety and outstanding fuel efficiency.”
To celebrate two decades of Mondeo, Ford released a new internet videowith voiceover by Hollywood actor Ray Winstone, star of such movies as “The Sweeney,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”, “The Departed” and “Great Expectations”.
The Mondeo was introduced in 1993 following a five-year,£3 billion development programme and was named Car of the Year in 1994. Since then it has continued to set standards in its class for two decades, gaining awards from across Europe.
Mondeo has made advanced features available and affordable for UK customers. 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.
In 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.
It was so popular it even became part of the English language, when Tony Blair coined the phrase “Mondeo Man” to define a new voting class in the early part of the last decade.
The dashing third generation Mondeo arrived in 2007 following a silver screen cameo as a Bond car in the movie “Casino Royale” in 2006.
The new model debuted advanced technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Interactive Vehicle Dynamic Control and Ford Easy Fuel system to prevent misfuelling.
Mondeo was again updated in 2010, adding Ford EcoBoost petrol engine technology and safety and convenience features such as Lane Departure Warning, Driver Alert and Auto High Beam.
Class-leading driving dynamics have always been a cornerstone of the Mondeo experience, demonstrated by past performance models including the V6-powered ST24, ST200 and ST220 and current four-cylinder 200PS 2.2-litre Duratorq diesel and 240PS 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol versions.
Recent powertrain enhancements to the Mondeo result in CO2 emissions from just 119g/km* and fuel consumption of 62.8mpg from the best-selling 2.0-litre 163PS Duratorq diesel engine – Mondeo now offers more power than its key sub-120g/km CO2 rivals. This Mondeo has Smart Regenerative Charging, the Ford EcoMode driver information system and the Active Grille Shutter system, which reduces aerodynamic drag.
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 havesegment-first adaptive full LED headlamps and debut Ford’s rear inflatable seatbelts designed to reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers.
“Mondeo’s future is very bright and at Ford Motor Company we’re looking forward to delivering another 20 years of innovation for drivers across Europe,” added Samardzich.
* The stated fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are measured according to the technical requirements and specifications of the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 as last amended. Results in MPG also correspond to this European drive cycle and are stated in imperial gallons. The results may differ from fuel economy figures in other regions of the world due to the different drive cycles and regulations used in those markets
Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 47,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities and approximately 67,000 people when joint ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 22 manufacturing facilities (13 wholly owned or consolidated joint venture facilities and nine unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.
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