The Ford Mondeo celebrates a big birthday this week – 25 years in existence.
The mid-size model, available in five-door hatch and wagon in Australia, consistently runs a distant second to the mighty Toyota Camry in the segment.
That always seems a bit of a shame given the Mondeo’s strong attributes (check out our most recent review).
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Never the less, a 25th birthday is always worth celebrating.
It was 1992 when the Ford Mondeo first hit the UK market and history shows the model went on to become the brand’s best-selling model in Britain.
In its first year on sale in the UK Ford sold 88,660 Mondeos, remarkably only a small handful of those first cars survive today.
Marking the anniversary, UK motoring website Honest John Classics, took a look at how many of those 1993 Ford Mondeos are still registered in the UK.
It was found just 322 of the cars survive today.
“The Mondeo’s fate is typical of so many 1990s cars that we grew up with. Bought for a bag of chips, run on a shoestring, and thrown in the bin. At this rate, there won’t be any left for future generations to enjoy.” - Keith Moody, editor of Honest John Classics.
While the model’s popularity in the UK among new car buyers is not what is used to be.
The Mondeo no longer makes the list of top ten best-selling cars in the UK, instead, just like here in Australia, buyers are instead increasingly opting for crossovers and SUVs.
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