2014: Ford’s Year in Review

Ford has experienced a fantastic 2014, boasting a year filled with new releases, record achievements and prestigious awards. Now that 2015 is almost upon us, it seemed only right that Foray Motor Group reflected on the past twelve months, showcasing the highlights of Ford news from this successful year.

The award-winning S-Max strikes again 

One of the first of Ford's accomplishments in 2014 was the award given to the Ford S-Max, marking the model's eighth award in the past seven years from BusinessCar. Holding on to the title of Best MPV for the seventh year in a row, the results are decided by fleet managers themselves, and was hailed for its ‘practicality, low running costs, style and enjoyable handling' by the magazine's editor.

 

Ford Fiesta voted best value car

In March, it was announced that the Ford Fiesta had placed at the top of CAP's Total Cost of Motoring, confirming the great value for money that the vehicle has been well-known for providing. The figures were based on an average of 100,000 motorists each month, taking into account factors such as running costs, current values, and rates of depreciation, which the Fiesta managed to top. Both new and used Ford Fiesta cars can be purchased from Foray, at superb prices, so why not upgrade your car for the New Year and save on running costs in 2015?

Mark Fields named as new CEO 

A couple of months later, Ford officially revealed that the company's new CEO Mark Fields was to replace Alan Mulally, the man who had turned the company around in the years since his takeover in 2006. Fields was previously the Ford chief operating officer, but took over at the beginning of July in what shaped up to be a very successful year for the company.

Unusual celebrations for Mustang's 50th birthday 

A rather unique event occurred in May, with the iconic Ford Mustang launched into space to celebrate the model's 50th birthday. Once placed into a high altitude weather balloon, a smaller model of the car was taken 110,000 feet into the sky, spending an hour in space before falling back down to earth.

The Telegraph car of the year is... 

Also in May, the Ford Fiesta was named Telegraph car of the year, as voted for by readers of the newspaper. There were winners in seven categories, with the Telegraph choosing an overall Car of the Year award from this selection. The Telegraph described the Fiesta as ‘a pleasure on the sort of mundane journeys that most of us do every day, thanks to its beautifully weighted controls, comfortable ride and good visibility', praising the car for being a sensational all-rounder in the small hatchback group.

 

Ford Focus ST makes global debut

In June, the new Ford Focus ST was revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, uncovering the facelifted version which brought the ST up to date with the rest of the Focus range. Improvements included a larger touchscreen in-car entertainment system, and styling tweaks to both the interior and exterior. 

Another Ford model becomes best-selling car ever

Yet again, the Ford Fiesta appeared in the headlines, this time for being the best-selling car ever in the UK. Overtaking the Escort, another best-selling Ford model, more than 4.13 million Fiestas had been recorded as sold in July since its first appearance in 1976. Although discontinued in 2000 and replaced by the Focus, a total of 4,105,192 Escorts were sold during the vehicle's 32 years of production.

Continuing with the successful figures above, the Ford Fiesta also topped the list as the most popular new car in the UK in August, selling more than 8,800 in July alone. Ford also featured in second place with the Focus selling just over 6,000.  
 

More models revealed for 2015 release

Other models to receive facelifts in 2014 include the S-Max and C-Max, which were both revealed in September. The larger S-Max is to become available in four wheel drive, and with a new engine range in 2015, which includes a 158bhp version of Ford's 1.5-litre ‘Ecoboost' petrol turbo. Also, the S-Max will feature the new Ford power steering system, which is continuously variable and designed to get lighter and faster the slower you go. 

Additionally, after a two year wait, the Ford Mondeo was finally first driven in Europe in October, showcasing the sharp revamped design, and new range of engines.

So, carrying on from this successful year, and with six new models to look forward to in 2015, we can't wait to see what's in store for the New Year! 

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