Ford is one of the largest car manufacturers in the world, and for decades Ford has had many models top the best-selling charts each year.
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Ford has been credited with several key innovations, such as developing large scale car manufacturing, managing an industrial workforce, and maintaining an elaborate high yield assembly line. These concepts were widely recognized and Ford’s efficiently run factories skilled and highly paid workforce, and low vehicle prices helped to shape car manufacturing and by 1914 had been coined ‘Fordism’.
The moving assembly line was Ford's most innovative implementation, allowing over one million vehicles to be produced annually. Ford also introduced minimum wage and the 40 hour work week to keep employee turnover low.
Today, Ford employs in excess of 300,000 people across the world.
Ford has been one of the most popular car brands in the UK for decades, with many of the models being favourites in the UK.
The Ford Focus is a medium family car that was first launched in 1998. The Focus replaced the previous Ford model, the Escort. An updated model was launched in 2005 and is still being produced.
Compared to others in its class, the Focus has excellent handling and a good ride. The Focus also delivers good levels of passenger comfort and a responsive driving experience. The newest version has improved styling and handling and comes in seven trim levels. The used Ford Focus is a very popular car with second-hand buyers.
The Ford Fiesta is a small family car or supermini, and one of Ford's most successful cars.
The car was originally introduced in 1976 and has received updates and enhancements through the years keeping it fresh and competitive. The Mark I went from 1976-1983, to be replaced by the Mark II which ran until 1989.
The Mark III was in production for eight years until 1997. Interstingly, the Mark IV was launched in 1995, so both were built and sold from 1995 to 1997.
In 1999 the Fiesta received a facelift and better levels of trim to keep the car fresh and competitive. This model was in production from 1999 to 2002.
In 2002 the Mark V was revealed. The car was completely new and bore less resemblance to its predecessors that other evolutions of the model had. The car was being offered with a new line of engines including diesel options, and could be bought in ST form reaching 130 mph. It too received a facelift (in 2005), until it was replaced by the Mark VI in 2008.
Alongside the Ka, the used Ford Fiesta is a perennial favourite of the young car buyer, or those looking for a relatively economical small car that is cheap to run and insure.
The Ford Ka is a city car that boasts nimble handling, as well as sporty suspension and steering. The Ka has been the best-selling car in its class for some time in the UK. The car’s production first began in 1996, and the Mark II was launched in 2008 and continues to present.
The Ford B-Max is a small MPV which was first unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. It is a five seater and is most notable for its lack of B-pillars, which makes access to the rear seats incredibly easy.
The Ford Focus C-Max is a small MPV. The car provides seating for five and a good deal of boot space. It's comes in 1.6 or 2.0 litre engines sizes. Rear seats fold flat and increase boot space even further. The car has been in production since 2003 to the present.
The Grand C-Max is a large MPV, and provides 7 seats, compared to the five in the standard C-Max, and comes with a similar selection of engines.
The Ford Fusion is an estate style car that was derived from the Ford Fiesta supermini. It has a taller body height and provides a roomier interior for taller passengers. The car boasts off-road suspension and larger wheels.
The Ford Mondeo is a large family car, and a very popular model for Ford.
The Mark I Mondeo was launched in 1993 and replaced the outgoing Ford Sierra model. The MK II Mondeo was launched in 1996, and then replaced by the MK III in 2000.
The Mondeo Mark III was much larger but was still based largely on the Mark II. The new version offered more legroom and a better diesel engine option. The Mark III’s production lasted from 2000 to 2007.
The Mk IV was launched in 2007, and the same platform as Galazy and S-MAX large people carriers. The new Titanium S version was launched within this mark, as was the ECOnetic version. The Mark IV received a facelift in 2010.
The used Ford Mondeo remains a popular favourite amongst second hand buyers in the UK.
The Ford Galaxy is a large MPV.
The first generation Galaxy (1995-2000) was comprised mainly of Volkswagen mechanicals including all of the engines on offer but one, and all of the transmission.
In 2000, the Mk II Galaxy received a major overhaul. The car became more of a 'Ford', and lost a lot of the VW elements.
In 2006, the Mk III was launched with many elements of the new Kinetic Design seen in its other models.
The Ford S-Max is a large MPV with a sportier style than the Galaxy. Like the Galaxy, the S-Max also boasts Ford’s Fold-Flat Sytsem where the rear seats fold completely flat, providing better boot space. The car started production in 2006 and continues to the present.