The familiar Ford Mondeo reaches the end of the road next year.
Almost 30 years after it was launched, Ford’s medium sized family and reps car will go out of production in Valencia.
It was also the basis for the Ford Galaxy large MPV and both are now seen as outdated by the new generation of SUVs such as Kuga and Ford is committed to moving onto all-electric platforms by the end of the decade.
Ford recently signed an agreement with Volkswagen, who had also used the Galaxy platform for its own MPVs, to share future technologies and production and Valencia is likely to produce the new generation of cars from this agreement.
The Ford Mondeo was launched in the UK in 1993 and has sold five million since on the back of popularity with both families and executives but the car giant has been re-evaluating its business model as the motor industry moves towards zero-emission motoring.
While every new model in the Ford range will have a hybrid or electric model inside five years, the brand will be fully electric by 2030.
Former Ford Bridgend Plant manager Kieran Cahill is now vice-president of manufacturing Ford of Europe and yesterday said in a statement, “Today is another step on Ford’s electrification journey, providing a bridge to an all-electric passenger vehicle future.”
However, the Mondeo name has been a cornerstone of Ford for over a generation and it is thought to be pencilled in for a future SUV electric model above the Kuga size and which would be made in Europe and America, where SUVs are dominant. On the other hand it may be consigned to the bin along with the Escort, Cortina and Sierra names.