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The Ford Fiesta is officially the UK's best-selling car ever

24th July 2014

New figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) confirm that the Ford Fiesta is now the biggest-selling model of all time in the UK.

A plan to build a new small vehicle was first hatched by the manufacturer in 1972, and at the time it was developed under the codename of 'Project Bobcat'. The name 'Fiesta' was coined by Henry Ford II – the oldest grandson of Henry Ford Sr., who founded the Ford Motor Company in 1903.

The Fiesta first launched in 1976, and Ford boasts that the car has led in its segment for the vast majority of the model's history. By 1979 one million models had been sold already, and SMMT reports that more than four million Fiesta cars have now been sold in total. As chairman of Ford UK Mark Ovenden confirms, the Fiesta outsells its closest rival “by more than two to one".

The achievement is even more impressive for the manufacturer, as the Fiesta replaces the Ford Escort at the top of the list. Ford now claims the two best-selling UK vehicles ever. The Fiesta was also the highest performer in the range for 2013, with over 121,000 registered in the UK alone. It is now in its sixth generation and is available with the award-winning 1.0-litre Ford EcoBoost petrol engine.

You can discover the enduring appeal and popularity of the Ford Fiesta by getting in touch with any of our Lookers Ford dealerships located throughout the UK.