The Ford Mondeo began its life in 1993, when it was launched as the replacement for the Blue Oval's ageing Sierra.
It was billed as the first 'car for the world', with Ford hoping the model would gain the same affinity with the public as the iconic Model T.
Ford took lessons learnt from its sales of the Escort, namely that European and American models would need different routes to market, and planned the Mondeo's launch accordingly.
American innovations, like the inclusion of a driver's airbag, were brought over for the European version, which was to be offered in three body styles. Buyers could also pick from one of five trim levels: Base, LX, GLX, Ghia and Si.
Initially, the Mondeo was offered with three petrol engines, including a 1.6-litre, a 1.8-litre and a 2.0-litre unit. The 1.6-litre unit had 104bhp which allowed for a 0-60mph time of 12.5sec, while the 1.8-litre had 114bhp and a 0-60 time of less than 10 seconds.
The 2.0-litre engine offered up 134bhp, which allowed the Mondeo to sprint from 0-60mph time of 9.6sec.
The Mondeo shared little with the Sierra that preceded it. For one thing, the Mondeo was 5cm shorter than the Sierra, making it more suitable for British garages.
Ford had done its homework with the Mondeo and it subsequently proved to be a hit, beating its rivals and clinching the Car of the Year award from What Car? in 1993
In 1994, the Mondeo continued its success and won European Car of the Year. That year also saw Ford put its V6 petrol variant of the Mondeo into production.