Ford was Britain's best-selling nameplate for new cars for the 26th consecutive year in 2002.
Sales performance highlights for Ford last year included:
In a total new car sales market of 2,563,631 last year, an all time record for the industry, Ford sold 400,808 new cars, equivalent to 15.6 per cent share of the total market. Ford also sold 74,507 commercial vehicles.
Paul Thomas continued: "Whilst I am pleased with our success, 2002 was also an intensely competitive year in the new car and commercial vehicle markets and I have every expectation this competition will only increase in the year ahead. However, Ford is ready to meet the challenges and the opportunities 2003 will bring.
"Last year we launched a number of new vehicles, including the all-new Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus RS, Ford Fusion and the Ford Transit Connect. These will be joined this year by other new niche and volume models, such as the Ford Streetka and the Ford Focus MAV. 2003 will see Ford's best range of new car and commercial vehicles ever offered in Britain."
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