Ford Fiesta Becomes UK’s Best Selling Car EVER
The Ford Fiesta became the UK’s best-selling car of all time this month when total sales topped 4,115,000.
First launched in 1976, the Fiesta has dominated the small car market in the UK for 27 of its 37 year life and has been Britain’s best-selling car since 2009 when it overtook the Ford Focus.
This month it surpassed the historic record of the Ford Escort which sold 4,105,961 in the 32 years it was on sale in the UK from 1968 through to 2000.
Mark Ovenden, Ford Britain chairman and managing director, said: “The Ford Fiesta has gone from strength to strength and today’s car combines style, value, driving dynamics and remarkable technologies such as the multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine. It continues to outsell its nearest retail competitor by more than two to one – and that really tells the story of this extraordinary car.”
UK-based engineers at Ford’s research and development centre at Dunton, here in Essex, and at Ford’s Dagenham Diesel Centre develop all engines for the Fiesta. Dunton is home to Ford’s latest technical masterpiece – the EcoBoost range, including the 1.0-litre named International Engine of the Year for an unprecedented third consecutive year. You can read our review of Ford’s EcoBoost engine HERE.
Technical progress since the original Fiesta was introduced is advancing year after year. For example, it would now take more than 80 modern-day Fiestas to generate the NOx emissions of a single 1976 Mk1 model. This first-generation Fiesta, with the 46PS four-cylinder 950cc petrol engine, weighed around 800kg and achieved 37.7mpg, with CO2 emissions of almost 150g/km. Today’s fully-equipped model, with the 1.0-litre 100PS EcoBoost engine, weighs nearly 1,100kg, yet boasts a combined fuel economy of 65.7mpg.
More than 40% of Fiesta buyers in the UK today choose the turbo-charged 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, and almost 90% opt for higher level specification – Zetec, Zetec S, Titanium, Titanium X and ST models with the Ford SYNC voice-controlled connectivity system.
The Fiesta is one of our favourite cars. Jonathon and I have both had a few of them over the years and we wouldn’t hesitate to buy another!