Ford has confirmed that it will end production of the Mondeo in March 2022 and that the model will not be replaced in Europe.
Launched as Ford’s first “world car”, the Mondeo has been on sale since 1993 and is currently in its fifth generation. It has always been one of the brand’s leading global models – selling over 86,500 units in 2001 – but its market share has shrunk amid the growing popularity of SUVs, and Ford only sold 2,400 units in 2020.
A Ford spokesperson told Autocar that the main reason for ending production of the Mondeo comes down to “changing customer preferences” and that Ford “is evolving our range of passenger vehicles in Europe to meet the changing needs of customers as we move towards a fully electric future ”. In 2020, 39% of all Ford models sold were SUVs and crossovers, an 8% increase year over year.
News that there will be no replacement for the Mondeo in Europe suggests that Ford’s coupe-like crossover model largely inclined to adopt the nameplate will not be sold in the region.
Spotted recently as a camouflaged prototype – then discovered in leaked footage – the SUV appears to bear minimal resemblance to the existing car, including the interior, which seeks to move upmarket with heavy use of premium materials and a touchscreen control panel covering the width of the dashboard.
As the Mondeo prepares to retire, Ford’s UK passenger car lineup only includes the Fiesta and Focus in B and C segments other than SUVs. Both cars recently received mild hybrid engine options and are slated for mid-life updates later this year, as predicted by a pair of test mules recently spotted on public roads.
Questions remain about what will happen when the two hatchbacks reach the end of their lifecycle in 2023 or 2024. Ford’s European lineup will be fully electric by 2030, and new models are unlikely to launch. pure combustion engine in preparation for this deadline.
Before that, however, Ford will offer every model in Europe with an optional plug-in hybrid powertrain by mid-2026, so the Fiesta and Focus could return as PHEV-only offerings before the brand passes. all electric.
In line with its electrification targets, the company announced that its plant in Valencia, which currently manufactures the Mondeo alongside the 2.0 and 2.3-liter versions of the company’s Ecoboost gasoline engines, will build the hybrid gasoline engine. 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle used for the Kuga, Galaxy and S-Max, late 2022. The engine is currently being built in Chihuaha, Mexico.
The company has also pledged € 5.2million (£ 4.5million) to increase its battery assembly capacity in Valencia, complementing an investment of € 24million (£ 20.7million) sterling) announced early last year. He said: “The additional capacity is needed to support the increased demand for current and future production of electrified vehicles. ”