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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

Relief for UK's 'Mondeo Men' as Ford denies end of line for model

Long-running favourite of British 'average Joes' will not be killed off, says US motor maker,

Signs indicating London congestion charges that drivers pay for entering the capital's central areas, which British financial services group Capita operates, are pictured on the streets of central London on February 1, 2018. The share price of British financial services group Capita plunged more than 40 percent on January 31, 2018, after the indebted outsourcing firm warned over future profits. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga Akmen
Signs indicating London congestion charges that drivers pay for entering the capital's central areas, which British financial services group Capita operates, are pictured on the streets of central London on February 1, 2018. The share price of British financial services group Capita plunged more than 40 percent on January 31, 2018, after the indebted outsourcing firm warned over future profits. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga Akmen

Ford said it’s standing by its Mondeo family car, adding it will move forward with plans for an upgrade of the 25-year-old model and denying a Sunday Times report that it plans to halt production.

The Mondeo remains a “core part” of its product line-up in Europe, and there will be improvements introduced later this year, the US car maker said. Media reported that dropping the Mondeo and other models would be part of a global revamp that would see up to 24,000 jobs slashed, many of them in Europe, Bloomberg said.

“We have upgrades coming for Mondeo later this year, which will see new powertrains as well as exterior and interior updates as well as enhancements to the Mondeo Hybrid range,” the company said.

In the 1990s the term "Mondeo Man" came to mean a typically average/boring British man who would steroetypically live in Kent, south-east England, own a semi-detached house, have a wife, two kids and drive a Ford Mondeo. Such males were identified as the sort of voter the Labour Party needed to attract to win the election of 1997.

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Speculation over changes to the Ford line-up follows an acknowledgement by Ford that its European operation needs a major redesign to deliver on targets and that it is focused on cutting costs to improve performance. Unite union, which represents workers at Ford engine plants including in Bridgend and Dagenham in the UK, said it was pressing Ford to invest and future proof its British factories.

The carmaker also denied the Sunday Times’ claims that plans are afoot to end production of the Galaxy and S-Max models. All three are manufactured at Ford’s plant in Valencia, which also makes the Kuga and Connect. The site employs approximately 3,480 people.

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