From Britain’s best-loved small cars to multi-award winning hatchbacks, saloons, estates and MPVs, Ford offer an appealing range of desirable models for March 08 registration.
Upgrades across Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy take centre stage, alongside the arrival of a new Focus plus some compelling incentives across established models like the Ka, Fiesta and C-MAX.
Dealers across the country are geared up to offer some of their best ever deals - a snapshot of what’s on offer is listed below.
Ford KA from £6,995
Chic, charming and great fun to drive, the Ford Ka remains a popular choice.
Still the best-seller in its class, Ka provides unbeatable budget motoring backed by the reassurance of the blue oval badge. All models now boast power assisted steering and electric windows with features such as central locking, air conditioning and leather trim available further up the range.
Packing plenty of equipment into this iconic compact car, the Ka Zetec Climate is guaranteed to turn heads with its 14-inch 'minilite' alloy wheels, air conditioning, Quickclear heated windscreen and electrically operated heated door mirrors. Frugal yet lively performance is provided courtesy of Ford’s proven 1.3-litre 70PS Duratec petrol engine. Alternatively, for the ultimate look, there’s the racy Sportka, complete with equipment and styling enhancements plus an uprated 1.6-litre powertrain.
Ford Fiesta from £8,595
With more than 12 million units sold since its introduction in 1976, Fiesta is a name which defines the supermini segment. And many models available this March boast unrivalled levels of equipment and technology.
As well as the established Studio, Style, Zetec, Zetec-S and Ghia derivatives, a specification-packed special edition hits the headlines this month.
Costing from only £8,995, 16-inch alloys, Sony CD audio system, Quickclear heated windscreen, air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity with voice control, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and power-fold door mirrors form part of the Fiesta Blue’s kit list.
New Ford Focus from £11,945
Another huge success story for Ford since its debut back in 1998, the Focus received an anniversary year makeover.
Benefiting from Ford’s ‘kinetic design’ approach to styling, the 2008 Focus takes much of its inspiration from the critically acclaimed new Mondeo.
The result is a classier and more distinctive appearance from a vehicle that’s now as impressive to look at as it is to drive. Inside, the upmarket feel continues with soft-touch plastics, plush new seat fabrics and upgraded technology and convenience features. The new-look Focus is in showrooms now with revised turbocharged ST and Coupe-Cabriolet versions expected imminently.
Ford C-MAX from £13,295
It may be practical but Ford’s C-MAX benefits from Focus DNA and the result is a fine family holdall with exceptional dynamic qualities.
Opt for the £14,495 C-MAX Zetec 1.6-litre 100PS for example and you’ll be saving £800 off the recommended retail price with free Bluetooth and Voice Control featuring alongside privacy glass, front fog lights, air conditioning and Quickclear front windscreen.
New Ford Mondeo from £15,195
Winner of numerous prestigious accolades since its launch last year, Mondeo continues to delight and surprise fleet and private customers alike. A comprehensive choice of engine/trim/bodystyle combinations has ensured Mondeo retains its strong position in the fleet market while appealing to a growing number of retail buyers – up by more than 20 per cent. And now there are several additional reasons to consider this accomplished all-rounder with new colours, equipment enhancements and the arrival of an E85 compatible Flexi-Fuel Vehicle (FFV) on all series.
The big news though is in the diesel department. Ford’s ECOnetic vehicle portfolio has now been extended to include a sub-140g/km CO2 Mondeo ECOnetic. Equipped with a 115PS 1.8-litre TDCi engine with six-speed manual gearbox and Diesel Particulate Filter, this super-frugal addition features lowered suspension, low rolling resistance tyres and aerodynamic improvements.
For the ultimate in smooth diesel power, a new 175PS 2.2-litre TDCi engine also joins the Mondeo family. Offered exclusively with Titanium X trim, the engine provides a new level of sporty performance combined with 165g/km CO2 emissions.
More good news for diesel customers is the announcement that the 2.0 TDCi engine linked to the six-speed automatic transmission receives a power boost from 130 to 140PS.
Ford S-MAX from £17,495 and the Ford Galaxy from £19,495
The mid-size contender in Ford’s MPV family proves that seven seaters don’t have to compromise driving enjoyment. This fabulously flexible S-MAX, crowned 2007 European Car of the Year, now has advanced Bluetooth technology fitted as standard across all specifications. Titanium trim now adds Solar Reflect Windscreen, ambient lighting and chrome door handles plus lower grille. The Titanium X pack now includes bi-xenon lights.
Galaxy buyers can also communicate on the move with Bluetooth technology installed as standard while Ghia adds new 10-spoke 17-inch alloys, Solar Reflect Windscreen, ambient lighting and rear compartment air conditioning. A new Ghia X pack, with 18-inch alloys, bi-xenon lights and powered rear quarter windows complements the full leather trim and panorama roof to create the ultimate Galaxy. Meanwhile S-MAX and Galaxy see the LX badge deleted in favour of Edge trim and receive a similar array of upgrades to the Mondeo. A new colour palate is joined by the availability of a FFV derivative, 2.2-litre TDCi powertrain in conjunction with Titanium (S-MAX) or Ghia (Galaxy) trim and a 10PS power enhancement for diesel automatics.Published 27 February 2008