Ford Mondeo

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Ford Mondeo
Ford Mondeo - Mondial de l'Automobile de Paris 2012 - 001.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Also called Ford Contour (North America)
Ford Fusion (North America)
Production 1992[1]–present
Assembly Genk, Belgium (till early 2013)
Body and chassis
Class

Mid-size

Large family car
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Chronology
Predecessor Ford Sierra

The Ford Mondeo is a large family car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company from 1992 onwards. The name comes from Latin mundus, meaning "world".[2] The Mondeo was designed to be a "world car"; the North American models were marketed as the Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique until 2000, and as the Ford Fusion from 2013 onwards.

Versions[edit]

Photograph Version Launch Sold from Sold until
Ford Mondeo I Turnier 20090308 front.jpg First generation (Mk I) 1992 1993 2000
2000 Ford Mondeo (HE) Ghia hatchback 01.jpg First generation facelift (Mk II) 1996 1996 2000
Ford Mondeo GhiaX.jpg Second generation (Mk III) 2000 2000 2007
Ford Mondeo 3 (2007) Sedan.jpg Third generation (Mk IV) 2006 2007 2014
Ford Mondeo sedan (front).JPG Fourth generation (Mk V) 2012 2014

Motorsport[edit]

Will Hoy driving for Ford Mondeo Racing in the 1998 British Touring Car Championship

The Mondeo competed in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) between 1993 and 2000. The cars, prepared by former series champion Andy Rouse, did not enter the 1993 season until the 8th round at Pembrey in Wales. Rouse and Paul Radisich were the drivers in the Mondeo's first season. Radisich went on to win the FIA World Touring Car Cup in both 1993 and 1994 driving a Mondeo.

Ford ran a factory-sponsored team, called Ford Team Mondeo, for eight seasons. As mentioned above, Andy Rouse Engineering ran the cars from 1993 to 1995, at which point West Surrey Racing ran the works team from 1996 to 1998, with Prodrive taking over beginning 1999. In 2000, the team expanded from two cars to three when drivers Alain Menu and Anthony Reid were joined by 1998 series champion Rickard Rydell, recruited from the disbanded Volvo team. The team dominated the 2000 season, finishing 1-2-3 (Menu-Reid-Rydell) in the drivers' standings and winning the manufacturers' championship by a staggering 104 points.

A complete overhaul of the BTCC following the 2000 season saw the supertouring regulations scrapped as the series moved towards less expensive but slower race cars. Ford withdrew from BTCC competition prior to 2001.

The Touring Cars after their withdrawal went on sale to the public and are now in the hands of other drivers. Two of the 2000 series Mondeos have been spotted in the BRSCC series of LMA Euro saloons; drivers known to own them at present are Bernard Hogarth and Alvin Powell.

The Mk I & Mk II Mondeo have followed many other previous Ford models into the world of banger racing in the UK, and with many plenty of older cars being available for very little money, the Mondeo is now a popular and relatively easy car to race. The Zetec engines are converted to run off a carb set up and the Mondeo bodyshell is fairly tough, but they are proving rather rigid, with many drivers getting injured in high speed impacts. Mondeos are proving more popular than the Sierra and Mk III Granada.

In Argentina, the Mondeo is one of several cars to compete in the local Top Race racing category; its body handcrafted in reinforced fiberglass. The Mondeo is so far the most successful car in the category, with 3 championship titles in the TRV6 class and 2 championship titles in the Top Race Series (formerly Top Race Junior). The winning drivers in the TRV6 class were Omar Martínez (2006), José María López (2009) and Guido Falaschi (Copa América 2010) with the Mondeo II (based on the MkIII Mondeo), and in the TR Junior category, the championship was won by Gonzalo Perlo in 2008 and Humberto Krujoski in 2010. In 2009, the Mondeo III (based on the MkIV Mondeo) bodystyle was approved and presented as an option within the category; however, the Mondeo II bodywork is still being used.

Similarly, in the United States, the Fusion/Mondeo Mk.5 bodywork will be used for the Gen6 body in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting in 2013, replacing the current Mazda6-based Fusion.

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Mondeo Man, stereotypical figure in the 1990s England

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lester A. Digman (1997). Strategic management: cases. DAME Publications. ISBN 9780873936194. ISBN 0873936191. 
  2. ^ "Mondeo". Interbrand. Archived from the original on 2008-02-09. 
  3. ^ Jaedene Hudson. "DCOTY 2007: Best Medium Car - The verdict". Drive.com.au. Retrieved 2007-11-29. 
  4. ^ Jaedene Hudson. "DCOTY 2008: Best Medium Car - The verdict". Drive.com.au. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  5. ^ Cameron McGavin. "Drive Car of the Year: Medium Car". Drive.com.au. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  6. ^ "Now Magazine". Now Magazine. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-09. 
  7. ^ "2013 ECOTY: Ford Mondeo Estate". What Car?. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 

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