The launch of the new Ford Mondeo has been a long and rather tortuous one. Initially shown at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the car didn’t go on sale until this year after Ford decided to close a plant and shift all production to Valencia in Spain.
Hard to believe that the Ford Galaxy has been around for almost 20 years. And in that time, over two distinctive generations, the big Ford seven-seater has established itself as one of the most significant private hire cars on the market.
Audi’s original Q7 represented a lot of car for the money when it came out in 2007 – but for all its virtues, it never felt quite right. Too bulky, too obviously made with the American market in mind.
Skoda set a benchmark for the upper-medium sector with its previous Superb when it was launched in 2009. Cleverly adapting the China-market long-wheelbase VW Passat platform resulted in a car with class-leading rear seat space and luggage room.
It’s all change in the large, volume-brand saloon sector this year. We’ve had a new VW Passat, facelifts for Peugeot 508 and Mazda 6, and new Skoda Superb and Toyota Avensis are on their way.
And in the middle of all this activity comes a new version of the car that more than any defines the class – the Ford Mondeo. It’s been a long time coming – we originally saw the car back in October 2012, but Ford’s decision to close its Belgian plant and move production to Spain brought about an 18-month delay in getting the car to the European market. It’s been on sale since 2013 in the US, where it’s known as the Fusion. Has it been worth the wait?
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