The Fiesta supermini is Britain’s best-selling car of all time. Justifiably, too, because though competition from the French, Koreans and Germans is fierce, it’s still the best of its ilk. Same can be said of the Focus, which back in the Nineties cemented Ford’s reputation for building the best-handling ‘ordinary’ cars out there. Today’s Focus isn’t revolutionary, not like its great grandad, but it’s still a very good car indeed.
Nobody buys Mondeos anymore, though Ford will still sell you one if you really want. The current car has been around for years and feels it. Same goes for the Galaxy and S-Max MPVs – they’re good enough cars for what they are, but nowadays everyone wants SUVs. Happily the new Kuga (basically a Focus SUV) and Puma (Fiesta SUV) are both excellent.
TG loves a Fast Ford – the Fiesta and Focus ST are mighty. Pity there isn’t going to be another Focus RS, thanks mainly to ever tightening emissions rules.
Ford has been selling Mustangs across the pond since 1964, but only a few years ago made the decision to do right-hand drive ones for us Brits. We’re glad it did – name another V8, manual, rear-drive coupe available brand-new in the UK. Now, if only it’d do the same with the Raptor pick-up…
Then you’ve got the GT – the ultimate Fast Ford. Built to win Le Mans (which it did), the £500k-odd road car uses a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 making 660bhp, giving a top speed of way over 200mph.
We can’t move on without talking about commercial vehicles – the Transit has been keeping Britain moving since the mid-Sixties, and become a byword for ‘van’ in the process (like Hoover instead of vacuum cleaner, Biro instead of pen and so-on…) while in the States, the F-150 pick-up reigns supreme. Last year Ford sold almost 900,000 of them in the US alone.
Ford is behind when it comes to commercially available EVs and hybrids. It does a mild-hybrid Puma, and the new Kuga is available as a PHEV, but its only all-electric car is the £40k Mach E. And that’s not even out yet. No little supermini to rival the Renault Zoe, or hatchback to counter the VW ID. 3, and none on the immediate horizon.