Ford Mondeo celebrates 20th anniversary with a video featuring Clarkson praising: Mustang is most wanted classic car
Ford Mondeo turned 20 recently. To celebrate this, a new video has been released with voiceover by famous actor Ray Winstone. The video also features 33 yr old Jeremy Clarkson praising the Mondeo, a Ford car! Apart from this, Ford Mustang has been voted as the most wanted classic car in Europe. The results were announced via an online car survey.
Mondeo commenced this journey when it was introduced in November 1992 while sales commenced in March 1993. This large family car from Ford Motor Company gets its name from the Latin word ‘Mondus’ which means – World. Available as a four door saloon, five door hatchback and five door state, all models for European markets are produced from the company plant in Genk.
In 1996, a revised style of Mondeo emerged which was lighter and came with optional side airbags while in the year 2000, the company launched the second generation of Mondeo with Intelligent Protection System with sensors for calculation of safety features to be deployed in the event of an accident. The model also saw the launch of heated rear seats, automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers.
Third generation Mondeo appeared in 2007 prior to which it was seen in the Bond film, Casino Royal in 2006. Once again updated in 2010, this time, the Mondeo included an EcoBoost petrol engine and safety features such as lane Departure Warning, Driver Alert and Auto High Beam. The new Mondeo will be launched late 2014 while it will sport a Ford award winner in the form of its 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine.
Speaking about winning the title of most wanted classic car for Mustang, Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe, said, “Ford Mustang is more than a car, it’s the freedom of the open road and the spirit of performance driving. Mustang has been a fundamental part of global automotive culture for almost half a century and is one of the world’s most recognisable vehicles.” Scan through the image gallery below to see the evolution of Mustang.
FORD MUSTANG IS VOTED EUROPE’S MOST-WANTED CLASSIC CAR
- Europeans desire a Ford Mustang more than any other classic car according to a survey by online car portal Autoscout24
- Ford Mustang – the iconic car that Ford has confirmed is coming to the UK – is the top choice for 37 per cent of those surveyed
- Ford Mustang Customizer app, which enables fans to create their own dream Mustang, attracts 500,000 visits from European fans
- “Mustang Countdown” video series launches celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the iconic sports car in 2014
BRENTWOOD, Essex, 27 September, 2013 – The Ford Mustang is Europe’s most desirable classic car, according to a survey of more than 75,000 users of online car portal AutoScout24.
A total of 37 per cent of Europeans named the Ford Mustang as the classic car they would most like to own. Confirmed as coming to Europe and the UK for the first time, the Mustang was the clear winner, ahead of the BMW M1 (20 per cent) and the Volkswagen Beetle (11 per cent).
“Ford Mustang is more than a car, it’s the freedom of the open road and the spirit of performance driving,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe. “Mustang has been a fundamental part of global automotive culture for almost half a century and is one of the world’s most recognisable vehicles.”
Ford also said the Mustang Customizer – a downloadable and online app – has already attracted more than 500,000 visits from Europe. Available for iOS and Android phones and tablets, the app enables Mustang fans to build their dream cars and pit them against other fans, earn points and badges for each car they build, save pictures for use as desktop wallpaper, and compete in a drift challenge.
Mustang celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014 and Ford has launched a new “Mustang Countdown” series of videos to throw the spotlight on the iconic sports car and its fans from across the globe.
The first video – Where It All Started: The Mustang 1 Concept – revisits the concept car’s 1962 debut. Further videos will illustrate Ford’s exhaustive Mustang archives, the Ford Mustang club scene and fans, with rare footage, exclusive interviews and expert insight. A collection of Mustang news, information and archive materials also can be found at Ford of Europe’s dedicated Mustang web portal.
Launched in 1964, Mustang became an instant sensation and inspired millions of people. With nearly 3,000 movie and TV appearances around the world, countless song references, parade appearances, toys and more, a passion for Mustang is common to car fans around the world.
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.