Joined: 03 May 2007
Location: Olympia, Washington
|Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 4:34 am Post subject: Ford of Europe: 2007 in Review
|Ford of Europe: 2007 in Review
2007 has been a fantastic year for Ford of Europe. They introduced the all-new Mondeo, the new C-MAX, the new re-designed Focus, the new Transit SportVan, the Transit 5-cylinder diesel and heavy-duty derivatives.
At the Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Ford Verve Concept premiered, a signpost for future all-new global B-car models, along with the new Kuga compact crossover.
Also at Frankfurt were the new Mondeo and Focus ECOnetic ultra-low CO2 diesel models, plus an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission available on Mondeo, S-MAX, and Galaxy with a diesel engine or an all-new petrol engine.
In the first 11 months of this year, Ford sold 1,680,900 cars and commercials in its main 21 markets, more than 86,000 units ahead of the same period last year. Year-to-date market share was 8.8 per cent.
BP-Ford secured their second consecutive FIA World Rally Championship title with the Ford Focus RS WRC driven by Marcus Grönholm and Mikko Hirvonen, co-piloted by respectively Timo Rautiainen and Jarmo Lehtinen.
Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Antilla will join the driver line-up for the 2008
season, following the retirement of Marcus announced earlier.
2007 sadly witnessed the loss of Colin McRae - 1995 World Rally Champion and beloved and respected Ford/M-Sport driver - and his son Johnny. It is unbelievable that Colin and Johnny's lives have been taken so prematurely and in such a tragic manner.
Just before year-end, Ford Motor Company also accepted the offer of Tata on Jaguar and Land Rover, leaving the Premier Automotive Group behind with just Volvo Cars in Europe.
At FordEurope.net, 2007 celibrated the milestones of more than 5,000 pictures on-line in more than 400 categories! More than 250 official press releases were added to the 2007 news archive.
2008 will bring you the release of the new phpBB 3.0 Olympus forum with additional features and security. And hopefully, we'll also be able to implement the launch of a decent RSS feed, serving you all the latest on FordEurope.net. If all goes well, we'll also switch to another hosting provider offering us a massive 2.5GB of storage and 100MB of monthly data traffic.
I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a happy 2008!