Britain’s best-selling car is now the Ford Fiesta, which has just overtaken the Ford Escort after first going on sale in 1976.
Here‘s the story of Britain’s best-loved cars in numbers:
-40 – lowest temperature in Celsius at which engineers test Fiesta
1.2 – kilometres of wiring in every car
3 – International Engine of the Year wins for its 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine (geek fact – it‘s also got three cylinders)
31 – years you could buy a different version of Fiesta every day
55 – percentage of each Fiesta body made from high-strength or ultra-high-strength steel
86 – seconds before another one rolls off the production line in Cologne, Germany
137 – mph top speed of the Fiesta ST hatchback
140 – PS (power output) of the new Fiesta Red/Black editions. That’s lots. More power per litre than a Bugatti Veyron
310 – panels required to build a Fiesta
850,000 – kilometres covered on the test track
4,115,000 – sold in the U.K.