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    Ford Mondeo (1st gen) 1992-1996

    First generation (1993–1996)

    The Mondeo was launched on 8 January 1993, and sales began on 22 March 1993. Available as a four-door saloon, a five-door hatchback, and a five-door estate, all models for the European market were produced at Ford's plant in the Belgian city of Genk. The Sierra had been built there since its launch in 1982, although until 1989, right hand drive Sierras had also been built in UK at the Dagenham plant.

    Intended as a world car, it replaced the Ford Sierra in Europe, the Ford Telstar in a large portion of Asia and other markets, while the Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique replaced the Ford Tempo and Mercury Topaz in North America. Unlike the Sierra, the Mondeo is front-wheel drive in its most common form, with a rarer four-wheel drive version available on the Mk I car only. Instigated in 1986, the design of the car cost Ford US$6 billion. It was one of the most expensive new car programs ever. The Mondeo was significant as its design and marketing was shared between Ford USA in Dearborn, and Ford of Europe. Its codename while under development reflected thus: CDW27 signified that it straddled the C & D size classes and was a "World Car".

    The car was launched in the midst of turbulent times at Ford of Europe, when the division was haemorrhaging hundreds of millions of dollars, and had gained a reputation in the motoring press for selling products which had been designed by accountants rather than engineers. The fourth generation Escort and Orion of 1990 was the zenith of this cost-cutting/high price philosophy which was by then beginning to backfire on Ford, with the cars being slated for their substandard ride and handling, though a facelift in 1992 had seen things improve a little. The Sierra had sold well, but not as well as the all-conquering Cortina before it, and in Britain, it had been overtaken in the sales charts by the newer Vauxhall Cavalier. Previously loyal customers were already turning to rival products and by the time of the Mondeo's launch, the future of Europe as a Ford manufacturing base was hanging in the balance. The new car had to be good, and it had to sell.

    Despite being billed as a world car, the only external items the Mondeo shared initially with the Contour were the windscreen, front windows, front mirrors and door handles. The CDW27 project turned out not to be a true world car in the sense that the original Ford Focus, the Mk V Mondeo (known in the US as the 2013 Ford Fusion) and the Mk VI Ford Fiesta would later be, one design for the world.
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    One more pic of previous model. BTW, Matt, can you give me the right to post new thread in this section? Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piston Motion
    One more pic of previous model. BTW, Matt, can you give me the right to post new thread in this section? Thank you!
    Here's how you get permission to post in the hide-out. You need to make some threads in Multimedia that are worthy of my moving them to the hideout. You need to do some of those, consistently, with thread names that I don't have to change and posts that I don't have to edit. And you need to show me that you're able to reliably search the existing threads in the hideout in order to not make duplicate threads. After I feel that I can trust that I won't have to clean up your threads, I'll give you permission.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt
    Here's how you get permission to post in the hide-out. You need to make some threads in Multimedia that are worthy of my moving them to the hideout. You need to do some of those, consistently, with thread names that I don't have to change and posts that I don't have to edit. And you need to show me that you're able to reliably search the existing threads in the hideout in order to not make duplicate threads. After I feel that I can trust that I won't have to clean up your threads, I'll give you permission.
    Matt, you should post this rule somewhere, like a sticky or something. It really explains what kind of posts you want here in general.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt
    Here's how you get permission to post in the hide-out. You need to make some threads in Multimedia that are worthy of my moving them to the hideout. You need to do some of those, consistently, with thread names that I don't have to change and posts that I don't have to edit. And you need to show me that you're able to reliably search the existing threads in the hideout in order to not make duplicate threads. After I feel that I can trust that I won't have to clean up your threads, I'll give you permission.
    Wow, big rules, but I'll do my best to prove moi.

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