Exactly one month after I saw a herd of Deere sailing down the river, another load coming from Germany caught my eye. The upper deck of the Fuerte RoRo-ship was laden with Ford Fiestas, built in Cologne.
The MS Fuerte can transport up to 500 cars. It’s also used to ship tractors (obviously) and buses.
Here’s where the little Fords are coming from, the Ford plant in Cologne (alternative spelling: Ford Werke Köln), situated at the river Rhine. All Fiestas for the European market are Cologne built.
The production of the current Fiesta generation started in May 2017. Pictured the Vignale, best described as the plush Ghia trim level of yore.
In 2018, the Ford Fiesta was the number 4 on the EU + EFTA sales chart. It’s also Ford’s only model in the Top 10, let’s have a look at the full list:
- Volkswagen Golf – 445,754
- Renault Clio – 336,268
- Volkswagen Polo – 299,920
- Ford Fiesta – 270,738
- Nissan Qashqai – 233,026
- Peugeot 208 – 230,049
- Volkswagen Tiguan – 224,788
- Skoda Octavia – 223,352
- Toyota Yaris – 217,642
- Opel/Vauxhall Corsa – 217,036
(Source: Jato Dynamics)
The Fiesta’s career started in 1976 and the party is still going on, certainly if 200 horses join in.