News: FORD TAKES HONOURS AT UK CAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS

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Unsurprisingly, due to the current range on offer from Essex’s favourite manufacturer, Ford models have won UK Car of the Year Awards for the third year in succession. One look is all it takes to know that the all-new right-hand drive Ford Mustang is bang on the money and the judges obviously agreed as it took Coupé of the Year, winning over the judges with its performance, value for money and fun factor.

The UK Car of the Year honours are decided by a panel of 27 British motoring journalists, including contributors to national newspapers, consumer and industry magazines, websites and TV which means that to win this prestigious award the product you have to be very good indeed.

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Sharing with MotorMartin, Tim Pollard, of CAR magazine, praised the Ford Mustang’s “exceptional value, amazing bangs for your buck and sheer drama of the thing”. John Challen, UK Car of the Year Awards director, highlighted to MotorMartin that the Ford Mustang for its “outstanding performance and value for money. Just the name is enough to stir even the most conservative petrolheads,”

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Ford have completed a great job in getting their latest Mustang ready for the unique demands of the European market and we can be grateful that there is finally a right hand drive model available for us UK drivers. Is this really the first in the Ford’s long and illustrious history? Ford Mustang owners can choose between 317PS of EcoBoost power or 416PS of V8 muscle, with prices starting from £30,495. In fact, MotorMartin was chatting to one of the first lucky recipients of the V8 in Bradford, West Yorkshire this week and they confirmed that their Black, 5.0 Litre car was everything that they hoped it would be whilst reserving particular praise for the quality of the in car navigation and central infotainment screen. High praise indeed.

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In further confirmation of the breadth of vehicle in Ford’s current range the style and practicality of the latest Ford S-MAX helped secure Multi-Purpose Vehicle of the Year Award for the acclaimed Ford model. “The original S-MAX tore up the people-carrier rulebook, and now its replacement moves the game on again. Seven-seat practicality meets renowned Ford dynamics – it’s a combination that continues to defy the odds,” said John Challen when sharing with MotorMartin.

And even Top Gear magazine’s Tom Ford reckons:  “The S-MAX is an MPV that doesn’t drive like one. And yet it takes seven people with ease. Plus it comes loaded with all the best convenience options. As an all-rounder for families, it’s hard to beat.”

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In what was somewhat of a surprise to MotorMartin, Ford models have featured in the UK Car of the Year Awards since they were launched in 2014. Ford S-MAX and Ford Mustang’s 2016 success follow previous accolades for the Ford Fiesta ST and Ford Mondeo. Two very deserving winners.

Commenting on the wins to MotorMartin, Ford of Britain chairman and managing director Andy Barratt, said: “We are bringing a desired taste of the US to the UK with Ford Mustang and S-MAX blends cutting-edge design with seven-seat accommodation. We’re proud that the judges have recognised the strengths of both cars in this year’s UK Car of the Year Awards.”

So there you have it, in the Mustang, Ford have produced a car which will impress both their hardcore fans in Essex and also those further afield and the S-MAX is a proven leader within its own field of expertise.

An impressive MotorMartin well done then to Ford UK. Keep up the good work.

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