1980 Ford Fiesta

ford feistaThe Ford Fiesta is a supermini car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company from 1976 to present. It has been built in Europe, the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, China, India, Taiwan, Thailand and South Africa.

In 2010, the sixth generation Fiesta (Mark VI)  had been introduced worldwide, including in the United States and Canada, making it the first Fiesta model to be sold in North America since the Fiesta Mark I was discontinued at the end of 1980.

The Fiesta has sold over 16 million units since 1976,  making it the third biggest selling Ford nameplate of all time behind the Escort and the F-series.

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1984 Ford Laser

The Ford Laser was a restyled version of the Familia/323 models produced by Mazda in Japan from 1980 onwards. (Ford had acquired a 25% stake in Mazda in 1979.)

In Australia and New Zealand where Ford was seen as a ‘local’ brand, the Laser outsold its Mazda twin, but in neighbouring Asian countries, such as Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, as well as Japan itself, the reverse was the case. However, pooling resources with Mazda allowed Ford to maintain a foothold in the region. This was also the case in South America, Africa, and the Caribbean, where the Laser was also sold, in many cases being locally assembled.

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1981 Ford Escort

Codenamed “Erika”, the third generation Escort was launched in September 1980. The code name alluded to the leader of the product planning team, Erick A. Reickert.  The North American Escort introduced at this time was a derivative. The two vehicles were intended to share component designs, but separate engineering organizations and government regulations made this impractical.

Unlike the Mark II, which had essentially been a reskin of the original 1968 platform, the Mark III was a completely new “wheels-up” design, and was conceived as a hi-tech, high-efficiency vehicle which would compete with the Volkswagen Golf – considered at the time the class benchmark, and indeed the car was launched with the advertising tagline “Simple is Efficient“. The Mark III was a radical departure from the two previous models, the biggest changes being the adoption of front-wheel drive, and the newhatchback body, which introduced trademark styling cues which would be later seen in the forthcomingSierra and Scorpio, most notably the “Aeroback” rear end — the “sawn off” bootlid stump which was proved to reduce the car’s drag coefficient -at the time a class leading value of 0.37.

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Ford Transit

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The Ford Transit is a range of panel vans, minibuses and pickup trucks, produced by the Ford Motor Company inEurope.

The Transit has been the best-selling light commercial vehicle in Europe for 40 years, and in some countries the term “Transit” has passed into common usage as a generic term applying to any light commercial van in the Transit’s size bracket.

Over 5,000,000 Transits have been produced since 1965 across three basic platforms with several “facelift” versions of each.

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