Hot-Selling Hatch: Ford Fiesta Becomes UK's Best Selling Car
How long does it take to climb up the ranks and become the UK’s top selling car? Answer: Just under four decades. After 37 years on the market, the plucky Ford Fiesta became Great Britain’s best-selling nameplate this month when overall sales topped 4,115,000.
That’s quite a lot of zippy hatchbacks on the motorway. Ford launched the original Mk1 Fiesta in 1976 to compete in the rapidly growing super-mini class. It’s quite safe to say that Ford’s engineers succeeded. Its seven generations would go on to lead sales in the UK’s small car segment for 27 of its 37 years of production, taking the crown from the Ford Focus in 2009 and now topping Ford’s previous record holder in the UK – the Escort, which sold to the tune of 4,105,961 units from 1968 to 2000. RELATED: Check out photos of Ken Block's 2013 Ford Fiesta RS
Today, the press continues to ogle over the pint-sized hatch, especially its acclaimed lineup of EcoBoost engines. The jewel in Ford’s fuel economy cap remains the 1.0-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder, named International Engine of the Year for a third consecutive year. Also unavoidable is the spicy 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that pushes around the Fiesta ST with 197-horsepower at the ready. 26mpg in the city and 35mpg on the highway ain’t bad either for the hotted-up hatch either. So long as Ford doesn’t change the recipe, the UK should see the Fiesta enjoy a long, long reign at the top. RELATED: See more photos of the hot 2014 Ford Fiesta ST