Ford Mondeo/Ford Zhisheng (CD345). 2006–15 (prod. n/a). 4- and 5-door saloon, 5-door estate. F/F, 1753 cm³ diesel (I4 OHC), 1596, 1999, 2261 cm³ petrol, 1997 cm³ diesel (I4 DOHC), 2521 cm³ (I5 DOHC). No longer a mid-sizer, as CD345 Mondeo has essentially the same physical bulk as a full-size EA169 Falcon. Launched on the big screen in James Bond movie Casino Royale. A softer car than its predecessor but far more refined, with advanced computer and Hill Launch Assist to aid hill starts. Extras meant exceptional value for money—one commentator likened it to getting a £50,000 car for £25,000—harking back to European Fords of old (like the original Granada) in an attempt to create desirability. Bigger than premium mid-sizers and solidly built. EcoBoost (turbocharged VVT) engines from 2010, with new 2- and 1·6-litre units, same capacity as existing ones. Mondeo Zhisheng in China, with the Mondeo tag dropped when the fifth-generation model appeared; available only as a four-door saloon with the 2·3-litre four.
Marque: Ford | Model: Ford Mondeo | Predecessors: Ford Mondeo Mk III, Ford Mondeo Metrostar | Successor: Ford Fusion (CD391)
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