Ford Mondeo Review & Ratings
- 4 May 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Ford Mondeo is classified as a family car and has been manufactured by the Ford Motor Company since 1992. This vehicle’s name is derived from the Latin “mundus”, meaning “world” and was therefore designed to be a “world car”. The North American models of this vehicle were marketed as the Mercury Mystique and the Ford Contour until 2000. By 2013, this vehicle was marketed under the Ford Fusion nameplate. The Mondeo has competed in a number of different races, including the British Touring Car Championship between 1993 and 2000.
At one point Ford ran a factory-sponsored team which was called Ford Team Mondeo for eight seasons in a row. Andy Rouse Engineering was responsible for running the cars from 1993-1995, which is when West Surrey Racing took over from 1996 to 1998. Both the M1 and the MK II have joined the ranks of other vehicles which have been used in banger racing in the UK throughout the years, and because of its handling and overall design, this vehicle is a popular choice for racers in the UK as well as other parts of the world.
The Mondeo has won a number of awards over the years, including the 1994 European Car of the Year award as well as Top Gear’s Car of the Year in 2001. This vehicle also won the Best Family Car award from “What Car?” magazine. Production of the first generation Mondeo (MK I) began in 1986 with a total design cost of $6 billion, making it one of the most expensive programs in the history of the automobile industry. This vehicle was marketed and designed between Ford USA in Dearborn, Michigan, and Ford in Europe. The codename of this project was “CDW27” and in 1996 it was given a significant facelift.
The 1996 facelift that the Mondeo or MK II as it then known underwent included correcting problems like the poor headlight performance as well as the reflectors and bland overall styling of the vehicle. Very few things on the Mondeo were left as the originals, but the rear quarter panels as well as the roof and doors remained intact and unchanged. An additional reflector panel that extended around the top and side of the rear wings was used with this vehicle, as it was one of the major design flaws on the first generation vehicle.
The fourth generation Ford Mondeo, or the Ford Fusion 2013 as it is also known, was first revealed to the public in 2012 at the North American Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The design team that worked on this vehicle was based in Detroit and the vehicle itself was launched globally, but not before some important changes were made. This vehicle takes many of its styling cues from the European Ford Evos concept which was first introduced to the public in 2011 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The V6 3.0 engine that this vehicle once used had been removed in favor of a three-cylinder 123 bhp Ecoboost which Ford claims can produce up to 125g/km of CO2 emissions.
Ford confirmed the details of the 2014 Ford Fusion/Mondeo at the Paris Motor Show in 2012, addressing all of the questions that the press had about it. This vehicle was planned for a European launch date of summer 2013, but that was pushed back to August of 2014 in order to address some of the more significant issues with the vehicle. There is no doubt that the Ford Mondeo has undergone a lot of changes over the years, including its name, but those who are familiar with the earlier models can still see the origins of the Ford Fusion if they look closely enough.