Ford confirms end of Mondeo production

Published 25 March 2021

Ford has confirmed it will end production of the Ford Mondeo in 2022. 

The manufacturer says the decision has been made as part of its transition to electric vehicles. The Mondeo will be phased out in March 2022, while Ford's other large family cars, the Galaxy and the S-MAX, will continue as full hybrid versions.

The Mondeo was officially unveiled on November 23, 1992 as a replacement for the Sierra. Ford's new family car became an instant hit taking the European Car of the Year title and selling 90,000 units in its first full year of production in 1993.

In the 1990s the term 'Mondeo Man' became famous by former Prime Minister Tony Blair to capture the image of the 'self-made man of middle England'.

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The rise of the SUV has seen demand for the Mondeo decline by 80 per cent over the years and today it has become a niche choice for family car buyers and company car drivers. The current Mondeo is closely related to the US-market Fusion - a car that Ford phased out in 2019.  

Ford predicts by mid-2026 100 per cent of its passenger vehicle range in the UK will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid; moving to all-electric by 2030. It is not believed that the Mondeo platform is capable of accomodating a full electric powertrain, although a hybrid model was added to the range in 2019 and received mixed reviews. 

In 2020, 39 percent of Ford’s passenger vehicle sales were SUVs and crossovers – up eight percentage points from 2019. It isn't clear if any jobs will be lost as part of the Mondeo phase out plan. 

Ford has announced it is investing at least £16 billion globally in electrification. It has also committed £900 million in a new car plant in Germany for the manufacture of electric vehicles, the company’s first such facility in Europe. Ford’s first European-built, volume all-electric passenger vehicle will be built at the facility in 2023, with the potential for a second all-electric vehicle thought to be under consideration. 

Comments

Iain Harris    on 25 March 2021

It’s a shame as it’s a truly superb car and in my view far better than many German brands offering but at a far lower cost
However life moves on although I have to say I believe battery is a dead end. Hydrogen is the future

MartyF    on 25 March 2021

I too will miss the Mondeo. My Vignale model offers an unbeatable mix of quality, value, refinement and power. I will be in no rush to move to an electric vehicle no matter how much successive Governments attempt to force the issue.

Furrybiker    on 25 March 2021

Sad to see it go, my one has moved dogs, washing machines and mattresses. The ride is better than a friend's Mercedes. It has been totally reliable and cheap to run.

I agree that hydrogen is the future.

Edited by Furrybiker on 25/03/2021 at 18:38

PhilC    on 25 March 2021

A very underrated car in my opinion. I will be sorry to see it go. Had a 180 TDCi ST Line-X for a year or so a while back. I really miss it!!

Les Boris    on 25 March 2021

Got a mk4 on my drive, the grandkids love to play in it, its done 330,000 taxi miles still runs, It will go to the scrappy when the kids have grown.Shame we cant keep them all.

Les Boris    on 25 March 2021

got a mk4 parked, with 330,000 miles still runs

   on 25 March 2021

A sad day but to be expected, I’ve had 14 mondeo that’s right 14! My latest is a 2018 ford Mondeo vignale 2.0 t.d.c.i 210 powershift what a car the best Mondeo of the lot. Might try and buy a new one before March 2022 or wait for its replacement.

Mr Martin R Wilson    on 25 March 2021

Bought a cheap Mondeo s/hand many years ago and was such a great car. It was a large estate and high mileage and had it for quite a few years. I drove it into the ground spending the minimum on it knowing the engine was close to end of life and was sad to see it go. Loved the car.

aethelwulf    on 25 March 2021

Very sad. I have a 2005 Estate 2L petrol engine. The mechanics are still great and I have had it for 15 years ( I owner - Avis) at £10,000 it was a bargain and so it has proved. Where can I get such a great load lugger ( 600 KG payload) that will still cruise at 70mph? - and not go wrong and be easy to mend?
Won't be many answers.

   on 25 March 2021

The move to 100% electric will be difficult with millions of drivers living in flats.

modena    on 25 March 2021

Not surprised , We had one a few years ago and sold it at great loss 18 months later, it was just so dull, couldn't stand driving it. Things have moved on, people want different things now, more interesting cars.

Howard Buchanan    on 26 March 2021

Now that the Mondeo car is on the way out, what will happen to Mondeo Man, the figure, favoured by advertising executives, who served as a focal point for all the dismal suburban averages in the book?

   on 26 March 2021

Are many manufacturers not going to continue building diesel and petrol cars for export to countries that are not bringing in a ban?

Johnfrog    on 26 March 2021

The earlier model ST220 was a cracker, with its V6 engine, A friend had one as a company car and I was very envious. They are cheap as chips at the moment but a good one (if there are any left!) will surely become sought after in time.

CanAmSteve    on 26 March 2021

Who will replace Mondeo Man? Tesla Toff?

simon john    on 26 March 2021

I have a 64plate titanium x 2ltr diesel 27500 mls lovely car all the toys that you need and better than the equivalent beemer,I don't need a suv most are to tall for normal garages anyway

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