Ford Fiesta becomes best-selling car in UK of all time


Time 8:35 am, July 23, 2014

Fiesta Best-Selling Car_1WITH 4,115,000 sales clocked up since 1976, the Ford Fiesta has become the UK’s best-selling car of all time.

First launched in 1976, the Fiesta has led the small car segment in the UK for 27 of the 37 years and has been Britain’s best-selling car since 2009 when it overtook the Ford Focus.

July saw it surpass 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.’

Ford says more than 40 per cent of  Fiesta buyers in the UK choose the turbocharged 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, and almost 90 per cent opt for higher level specification – Zetec, Zetec S, Titanium, Titanium X and ST models with the Ford SYNC voice-controlled connectivity system.

The most popular Ford Fiesta model in Britain is the Zetec, priced at £12,945.

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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