The Ford Fiesta has just been named the United Kingdom’s best-selling vehicle ever, leading the small-car segment for 27 of its 37-years. The hatchback took over the position from its older cousin, the Ford Escort. According to the Society of Motor Manufactures and Traders, a total of 4,132,294 Fiestas have been sold since first appearing in 1976. The Fiesta currently surpasses the Escort’s total by 27,102 units and is projected to have strong sales for 2014.
Even though the Fiesta is no longer built in the UK, the engines that power the compact are. The EcoBoost lineup was developed at the Ford’s Research and Development center in Essex, while the engines are built in Dunton. The Fiesta’s available diesel engines were developed at Dagenham in Easton London. Even the Fiesta ST’s punchy 1.6L EcoBoost is built in South Wales.
Ford Britain chairman Mark Ovenden believes the sales figures for the Fiesta display the vehicle’s strong points. “It continues to outsell its nearest retail competitor by more than two to one – and that really tells the story of this extraordinary car.”