Believe it or not, the Ford Mondeo turns 20 this year. The Mondeo helped pioneer standard airbags. James Bond took it for a spin. It even came to define a whole voting class in Britain.
We’ve sold 1.4 million Mondeos in the UK since it went on sale in 1993 – and in the words of Ray Winstone – it’s even greener, smarter and of course, looking better than ever before.
The Mondeo was introduced in 1993 and was named Car of the Year in 1994. Since then it has continued to set standards in its class for two decades, gaining awards from across Europe.
• The first generation provided a standard driver’s airbag, an optional passenger airbag and offered traction control, adaptive damping, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and power steering.
• In 1996, a revised, restyled and lighter weight Mondeo delivered optional side airbags, which were standardised two years later together with four-channel ABS.
• In 2000, the second generation Mondeo was launched with Ford’s Intelligent Protection System – a network of sensors to calculate the most effective safety features to deploy in an accident. This Mondeo made heated rear seats, automatic headlamps and rain-sensing wipers available for the first time.
• The dashing third generation Mondeo arrived in 2007 following a silver screen cameo as a Bond car in the movie “Casino Royale” in 2006.
It was so popular it even became part of the English language, when Tony Blair coined the phrase “Mondeo Man” to define a new voting class in the early part of the last decade.
Mondeo was again updated in 2010, adding Ford EcoBoost petrol engine technology and safety and convenience features such as Lane Departure Warning, Driver Alert and Auto High Beam.
And who could forget the performance models!? Class-leading driving dynamics have always been a cornerstone of the Mondeo experience, demonstrated by models such as the V6-powered ST24, ST200 and ST220, and the 240PS 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol version available today.
For more information about the Ford Mondeo, visit Ford.co.uk