Ford Mondeo celebrates 20th anniversary with a video featuring Clarkson praising: Mustang is most wanted classic car
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Ford Mondeo celebrates 20th anniversary with a video featuring Clarkson praising: Mustang is most wanted classic car

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2007 – Ray WinstoneOver the past two decades, the company has sold over 4.5 million units in Europe and 1,400,000 units across the UK. It has introduced advanced technologies which included airbags, traction control, intelligent protection, Adaptive Cruise Control and EcoBoost engines and its models displayed outstanding driving dynamics, state of the art technologies and outstanding safety and fuel efficient features.

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.