Not content with topping sales here in Britain for the last four years running, the Ford Fiesta is now also the UK’s best-selling car of all time.
As of this month, a total of 4,115,000 have been sold on these shores since the popular supermini first launched in 1976, eclipsing the Ford Escort’s 4,105,961 registrations.
Now in its seventh generation, the Fiesta nameplate has led the small car segment in the UK for 27 of its 37-year lifespan, and has been our best-selling car year-on-year since 2009 when it overtook yet another Ford, the equally ubiquitous Focus.
This latest record for the American manufacturer ends the Escort’s 14-year reign atop the all time British sales chart, set after 32 years of production between 1968 and 2000.
In terms of sales, more the 40 per cent of UK buyers today opt for the turbocharged 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, with 9 in 10 selecting one of the higher trim levels – including Titanium, Titanium X and flagship ST models – the most popular of all being mid-range Zetec spec.
Mark Ovenden, Ford Britain chairman and managing director, believes this landmark “really tells the story”, showing that the Ford Fiesta “has gone from strength to strength”.
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