Home » News » Ford » Ford Fiesta celebrates 40 years since launch
Ford Fiesta is one of the most popular cars in the world, mostly because it is very well sold in Europe. The small hatchback was launched 40 years ago, in 1976.

In the 40 years from 1976-2016, Ford sold 4,339,149 Fiestas in the UK alone, with European Fiesta sales set to surpass 18 million before the end of this year. Over these four decades, more than one in every 20 cars sold in the UK was a Ford Fiesta.

These record numbers are doubled by the fact that in 2014, the Ford Fiesta became the UK’s best-selling car of all time, overtaking the Ford Escort. It is not only the best-selling car in the UK this year; it has been the UK’s most popular car every month for the last seven years.  

To celebrate this success, and the range of vehicles produced over the years, 40 of the nation’s favourite Fiestas travelled in convoy from the Ford Engine Plant in Dagenham to Brighton Race Course for the Kelsey Media organised, 2016 Ford Summer Festival – A celebration of all Ford models.

The Ford Fiesta MkI began production in the all-new Valencia factory in 1976 and sales in the UK commenced in 1977.



Related Articles

Leave a Comment

Fields marked with * are required
Name *:
Email *:
Comment *:
Code *:
  CAPTCHA
  • Email
  • YouTube
  • RSS
  • Twitter
  • facebook
  • feedburner

Related Specs

  1. 2005 Ford '40 GT

    Engine: All Aluminum, MOD V8 w/Dry Sump Lubrication, Power: 410.1 kw / 550 bhp @ 6500 rpm, Torque: 677.91 nm / 500 ft lbs @ 3750 rpm
  2. 2002 Ford GT40 Concept

    Engine: All Aluminum MOD V8, Power: 372.9 kw / 500.1 bhp @ 5250 rpm, Torque: 677.91 nm / 500.0 ft lbs @ 3250 rpm
  3. 1965 Ford GT40 Mark I

    Engine: Cobra-Spec, Water Cooled, 90 Degree, Ford Fairlane V8, Power: 287.1 kw / 385.0 bhp @ 7000 rpm, Torque: 423.02 nm / 312 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm
  4. 1966 Ford GT40 Mark II

    Engine: Galaxie Watre-Cooled, 90 Degree V8 w/Dry Sump Lubrication, Power: 361.7 kw / 485.0 bhp @ 6200 rpm, Torque: 644.01 nm / 475.0 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm
  5. 1966 Ford GT40 Mark III

    Engine: Water Cooled, 90 Degree V8 w/Dry Sump, Power: 228.2 kw / 306.0 bhp @ 6000 rpm, Torque: 446.0 nm / 329.0 ft lbs @ 4200 rpm

New Vehicles

Jaguar E-Pace available with new 200 hp petrol engineJaguar E-Pace available with new 200 hp petrol engine
Launched this Spring, the baby SUV Jaguar is now available with more options and a new engine. The new Jaguar E-Pace can be ordered with ‘self-learning’ ...

Concept Cars

Subaru Viziv Tourer Concept unveiled in GenevaSubaru Viziv Tourer Concept unveiled in Geneva
Even if it's not recording huge volumes in Europe, Subaru didn't want to miss this year Geneva Motor Show. So it kept the stand and unveiled the Subaru ...

Custom Cars

Rolls Royce Wraith Luminary Collection announcedRolls Royce Wraith Luminary Collection announced
Rolls Royce is continuously improving its client experience with special editions for the current range of cars. Same happened with the current Wraith ...

Future Cars

Volkswagen to unveil new Camper VanVolkswagen to unveil new Camper Van
Volkswagen is one of the strongest name in Europe when it comes to building commercial vehicles. So every concept coming from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles ...

Market News

Volkswagen I.D R set a new record on Pikes Peak Hill ClimbVolkswagen I.D R set a new record on Pikes Peak Hill Climb
After a long teasing campaign and intense preparations, Volkswagen managed to score an impressive time on the Pikes Peak hill climb. The electric supercar ...

Gadgets

Volkswagen Connect offered as standard on Polo and UpVolkswagen Connect offered as standard on Polo and Up
Volkswagen is updating its technology found in its small car range. The Up! and the Polo are targeted by this latest update. Volkswagen Connect – the ...

Various News

Jaguar XJ50 special edition launchedJaguar XJ50 special edition launched
Jaguar has one of the most popular models in automotive history. And XJ50 is one of the most iconic, longly recognised as one of the most luxurious car ...

Motorsports

Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak - officially unveiledVolkswagen ID R Pikes Peak - officially unveiled
Volkswagen has officially unveiled the new Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak Concept. The car is set to compete in the famous Pikes Peak Hill Climb event which ...

Videos

Here is the Bugatti Veyron Vitesse WRC doing some fast stuff in off-roadHere is the Bugatti Veyron Vitesse WRC doing some fast stuff in off-road
A few year ago, Bugatti launched a special edition Veyron. Its name was Veyron Vitesse WRC but the WRC doesn't stand for World Rally Championship. Instead, ...