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Concepts and prototypes : Ford Probe III

Concepts and prototypes : Ford Probe III

Keith Adams Back in 1981, when the development of the Ford Sierra (project Toni), was reaching its latter stages of its development, management felt the need soften the buying public. The styling, penned by Patrick Le Quement, was as avant garde as its predecessor, the Cortina’s, was conservative. So, the design team produced a more […]

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Events : NEC Classic Motor Show preview

Events : NEC Classic Motor Show preview

Craig Cheetham and Mike Humble This weekend sees the traditional show season close at the NEC with the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, and AROnline will be there… Our very own Craig Cheetham, Clive Goldthorp and Mike Humble will all be at the show at various points during the weekend and we’ll bring you a […]

By November 13, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Tested : Princess vs Granada vs Renault 20

Tested : Princess vs Granada vs Renault 20

After the Princess received its O-Series engine in 1978, it was finally capable of battling with the rest of the best of the full-sized European opposition. The main target was the base model Ford Granada, but the Europeans were strong in this sector, too. Keith Adams compares the Renault 20 and Ford Granada against the […]

By November 28, 2013 75 Comments Read More →
Video : Ford Escort Mk2 promotional film

Video : Ford Escort Mk2 promotional film

Keith Adams Britain loved the Ford Escort Mk2. It was consistently the second best selling car in the UK (behind the Cortina) for its entire five-year production run. It was cheap, simple to service, there was a dealer on every corner, and generally they were good to drive – even the basic 1.1-litre Popular models. […]

By September 28, 2013 31 Comments Read More →
Video : Twenty years of the Mondeo

Video : Twenty years of the Mondeo

The Ford Mondeo is celebrating its 20th anniversary and more than 4.5 million sales in Europe, including 1,400,000 in the UK. To mark the occasion, the company has released a new video with voiceover by Ray Winstone. The Mondeo was introduced in 1993 following a five-year, £3bn development programme and was named Car of the […]

By September 25, 2013 31 Comments Read More →
The cars : Ford Sierra development history

The cars : Ford Sierra development history

Replacing the Cortina was never going to be easy – it was a British icon, and a top-seller for more years than the company’s rivals care to mention. That led Ford of Europe down the path of radicalism… and as we all know, customer resistance soon followed. However, the ending was a good one. By […]

By September 17, 2013 77 Comments Read More →
Tickford’s Ford : The Capri 2.8i Turbo

Tickford’s Ford : The Capri 2.8i Turbo

Richard David Nener During 1981 John Miles was writing for Autocar. At that time he purchased a 3.0-litre Capri from Ford’s press department and used this car as a test vehicle for over 25,000 miles. He installed a very modified 3.2-litre engine, and most importantly modified and tweaked the suspension. Miles was, and continues today, […]

Tickford’s Ford : Orion 1600E

Tickford’s Ford : Orion 1600E

Richard David Nener In 1989, the Escort and Orion were coming to the end of their production run, and Ford wanted to send them off in style, as well as introduce a new halo model. Taking its inspiration from the Cortina Mk2 16ooE, and intended to sit in the range above the 1.6i Ghia, Ford […]

The cars : Ford Mondeo design story

The cars : Ford Mondeo design story

The Mondeo celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2013, and to mark the occasion Andrew Elphick recounts the story of its design, development, and subsequent introduction of Ford’s vitally important mid-liner. And it really was an exercise in clean-sheet design. One world, one vision These were the words of two giants – one, the world’s most […]

By February 5, 2013 78 Comments Read More →
Concepts and prototypes : Ford Mondeo design sketches

Concepts and prototypes : Ford Mondeo design sketches

Cab forward Mondeo The Ford Mondeo, CDW27, went through a long and considered design process – here are some design sketches early in the development process, around 1988. As you can see, cab forward was a big aspect of the Mondeo’s eventual design.  

By February 4, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The cars : Ford Zephyr/Zodiac Mk4

The cars : Ford Zephyr/Zodiac Mk4

Ford of Great Britain found itself in the enviable position of being able to do no wrong during the post-War years with its large cars. From the Pilot V8, to the Consul, Zephyr and Zodiac, big car buyers flocked to their local blue oval dealership. But in 1966, it seemed that the company stalled with […]

By February 4, 2013 75 Comments Read More →
Not their finest hour : Ford Sierra 2.0 (i4 engine)

Not their finest hour : Ford Sierra 2.0 (i4 engine)

Mike Humble To quote David Grohl of Foo Fighters fame (the nice man of rock), I have a confession to make: I like the Ford Sierra. It took 14 years after its launch for me to really appreciate it, though. Being the age that I am, I grew up loving and worshipping cars that were […]

By October 23, 2012 50 Comments Read More →
Tested : MG Metro Turbo vs 205GTI vs XR2

Tested : MG Metro Turbo vs 205GTI vs XR2

Warm hatch wonders With fewer than 50 MG Metro Turbos left on the road in the UK, it’s time to celebrate one of the most fun sporting hatchbacks the 1980s – by comparing it with the big selling Ford Fiesta XR2 and cultish Peugeot 205GTI. And as Keith Adams reckons, what was best then, might […]

By October 12, 2012 55 Comments Read More →
Tested : Cortina vs Solara vs Cavalier

Tested : Cortina vs Solara vs Cavalier

Rep race Back in 1980, if you wanted the ultimate business tool on wheels, you (or your company’s fleet manager) bought a Ford Cortina. Vauxhall and Talbot didn’t necessarily agree, offering the Cavalier and Solara as very capable rivals. But which was best then and now, the Ford Cortina 1.6L, Vauxhall Cavalier 1600GL or Talbot […]

News : Cortina’s 50th celebrated on the Beeb

News : Cortina’s 50th celebrated on the Beeb

The Ford Cortina celebrated its launch 50 years ago on prime-time TV with a feature on the BBC’s One Show. Presented by comedian and actor Alexei Sayle (above), the feature recalled an hour-long documentary hosted by him on the BBC arts show Arena in 1982 called The Private Life of the Ford Cortina. The Ford […]

By September 25, 2012 18 Comments Read More →
News : Ford Cortina’s 50th celebrated at Goodwood

News : Ford Cortina’s 50th celebrated at Goodwood

This weekend the world’s most popular historic race meeting, the Goodwood Revival, will celebrate 50 years of the Ford Cortina with a display of some rare Mark I models outside the RAC Earls Court exhibition. The Cortina was Britain’s best-selling car for 10 of the 20 years it was on sale and laid the foundation […]

By September 13, 2012 22 Comments Read More →
First Drive : Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost

First Drive : Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost

Keith Adams spends a week behind the wheel of Ford’s astonishing 1.0-litre Focus EcoBoost – and wonders if this UK designed three-pot really does represent the beginning of the end of the diesel in Blighty… Twenty twelve – is it the beginning of the end of the popular diesel in the UK? It certainly seems […]

News : Ford builds 40 million engines at Dagenham

News : Ford builds 40 million engines at Dagenham

Ford Dagenham has passed the milestone of 40 million engines – enough to stretch 20,000 miles, or four fifths of the way around the globe, when placed end to end. The factory has been engineering and manufacturing engines since 1931, and now specialises in diesel engines for Ford’s small, medium, and large car ranges, as […]

News : Backbone of Britain breaks cover

News : Backbone of Britain breaks cover

Andrew Elphick Finally, Ford’s new Transit Custom has broken cover away from the halogen spotlights of the show circuit. Ford whetted the appetite of ‘White van person’ (we’re very politically correct here at AROnline!) back in March with the taster Tourneo Custom concept luxury bus. Fast forward a month and the Commercial Vehicle Show previewed […]

Gallery : Ford Cortina Mk3

Gallery : Ford Cortina Mk3

In 1970, the Ford Cortina grew up – taking in the 2-litre class, and replacing the Corsair as well as the Cortina Mk2 in the same process. This growth was a gamble for its maker, but a prescient one, as it was this generation of Ford’s favourite repmobile that became the UK’s best-selling car.