Ford's European operations are celebrating a milestone of sorts as the Mondeo, the Blue Oval's bread-and-butter D-segment sedan in the old country, celebrates its 20th anniversary. The mid-sizer, which was sold in the US for a short time as the Contour, has been a far more popular vehicle in Europe – even receiving regular praise from one Jeremy Clarkson.

Narrated by Cockney actor Ray Winstone, the video goes through the Mondeo's years and how it's evolved from 1993 to the as-yet-unreleased fifth-generation model, which is essentially the same as the Ford Fusion that's sold in America. Take a look below for the full video from Ford of Europe.


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      Todor Angelov
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sierra, the model sold before Mondeo, was a great car too.
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      For next year it should show off the wagon in car shows to gauge feedback. I think this would sell in some quantities and it should be limited quantities. Very nice wagon.
      kkohlstr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very cool video. Anyone know the first two song artists? The last is James Bond--Scouting for Girls.
      JayLagan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have driven the Mondeo quite a few times and honestly, I don't understand why this keeps getting praise. It's a OK car, but that's it, OK. The VW Passat (Euro version) handles way better, the Vauxhall Insignia has a much nicer interior and the Toyota Avensis is more practical. In fact, I put this criticism out to all Ford Europe cars. I've driven the Ford Focus more than enough times and I seriously don't get it. There are cars on the European market with bags more toys, handling and quality than Fords. I don't mean to sound like a troll (I hate them), but I'm just throwing, what I believe to be, legitimate criticism at Ford. I don't think they're as good as reviewers make them out to be. Especially, when I've driven many other cars on the markets and found them to be streets ahead of Fords. Fords are bad cars, but they're not great, either. Mind you, I also thought that Mazda was going down the wrong path with their SkyActiv system and was proven wrong to the highest degree, so what do I know....? :O)
        RS1800
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JayLagan
        passat handles better? insignia has better interior? avensis is more practical? Mondeo is much bigger inside than avensis, handles much better than passat (passat turns like a truck). Insignia has worst interior in class, cheap hard plastics, rattles, no legroom. Passat has nicer interior, insignia looks better outside, avensis is more reliable
        Jarda
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JayLagan
        i also believe all the reviewers are wrong (paid by Ford or not knowing WTF they're talking about) /s
          Jarda
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jarda
          btw /s stands for /sarcasm oh wait, i'm at autoblog
        creamwobbly
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JayLagan
        You're right as far as the choices. (You might have gone a little far by making *those* specific comparisons.) But it's true. Ford Europe makes far better equipped cars than Ford North America, and yet European Fords are so-so at best, whereas here, they're made out to be some kind of extra special automotive product. It's also ironic (in the dictionary sense of the word, not the American sense) that the US is supposed to be a haven for free market competition, and yet the Europeans with their annoying regulations and socialist tendencies have a far healthier competitive marketplace that's far better for the consumer.
      flammablewater
      • 1 Year Ago
      Forbidden Fusion Wagon porn. Mmmmmm.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      creamwobbly
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ah yes, good old Ford. The Mondeo. How did they put it? A global-sounding name for a global car, (sold in the US as Contour), and now realigned with the Fusion (which isn't the same as the European Fusion, which was a lifted Fiesta). Nice work, brand monkeys.
      RobbieP
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only one shot of the Fusion/Mondeo come on Ford pull your finger out ... it should have paid homage to the new car too!
      Jarda
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the pre-facelifted version (2007-2010) more.
      Michael
      • 1 Year Ago
      We get CUVs, instead of this sort of nice midsize wagon from Ford? No Focus wagon, either?
      Dane Grant
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fantastic! Call me a Mondeo Man but with a touch of liberal spirit with the ST version....
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