Ford Fiesta becomes the UK’s best-selling vehicle
By Kyle Lindsay
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 16:23
Congratulations to Ford
With sales topping 4,115,000 in July, the Ford Fiesta is now ranked as the UK’s best selling vehicle of all time.
As the Ford Fiesta makes its way to the Commonwealth Games as the official vehicle sponsor, marked by the cherished ‘FMC1’ registration number, now is the perfect time to celebrate.
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 […] It continues to outsell its nearest retail competitor by more than two to one – and that really tells the story of this extraordinary car.”
Technical progress since the original Fiesta was introduced in 1976 shows just how much the car has evolved over the past 37 years. 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 weighed around 800kg and achieved 37.7mpg, with CO2 emissions of almost 150g/km. Compare that with 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 and just 99g/km CO2 emissions.