Sixth generation (19952004) edit 3-door hatchback Estate Van (1995-2002) The Ford Escort 3 was revised in January 1995, although it was still based on dutch hooker sex the previous model.
The Mark III was a departure from the two previous models, the biggest changes being the adoption of front-wheel drive, and the new hatchback body.The Mark I featured contemporary styling cues in tune with its time: a subtle Detroit-inspired "Coke bottle" waistline and the "dogbone" shaped front grille arguably the car's main stylistic feature.The most powerful Escort was the Escort XR, which had 105 PS (77 kW).The Escort was built in Germany and Britain, as well as in Australia and New Zealand.Some of these options were even available on some of the entry-level models.Both sizes were also available in alcohol-fuelled versions with marginally more power.The Escort had conventional rear-wheel drive and a four-speed manual gearbox, or three-speed automatic transmission.Oceania edit Australia edit The Mk II Escort was assembled at Ford Australia 's Homebush Plant, Sydney from March 1975 to 1980 in 2-door and 4-door sedan, and 2-door panel van forms the estate versions were unavailable to the Australian market.The 940 cc engine was still offered in Italy where the smaller engine attracted tax advantages, but in the other larger European markets in Europe it was unavailable.Some.6 Mexicos were imported in 197374 after the government temporarily freed up import licensing owing to a shortage of new cars.36 Latin America edit The Escort entered production in Brazil in July 1983.Escort-based light vans had been offered since 1968, although the market sector, always larger in the UK than in continental Europe, dated back beyond the 1950s when successive Ford Anglias had been available with a van variant.These changes were welcome at a time when the Escort was faced with a host of new competitors; General Motors had brought out a new version of the Opel Kadett / Vauxhall Astra sexy escort 18 months earlier, shortly after Volkswagen had introduced the Mk II Golf.Main article: Ford Escort (Squire-based estate ford Escort 100E, the first use of the.A new.6 L 16-valve 90 bhp (66 kW) Zetec engine was introduced, replacing the previous CVH.Initially this featured a tuned version of the.6 L CVH engine fitted with a twin-choke Weber carburettor, uprated suspension and numerous cosmetic alterations.
However, the car wasn't mechanically an Escort, being based on the four-wheel drive Sierra floorpan and mechanicals, including its longitudinally mounted engine, and was merely clothed in body panels to resemble a Mark.
10 Subsequent generations of the Escort made up some of the ground foregone by the original model, but in Europe's largest auto-market the Escort sales volumes always came in well behind those of the General Motors Kadett and its Astra successor.
There were no changes to either the venerable.8 diesel or the.6/1.8 Zetec units at the top end of the range.14 The Ford works team was practically unbeatable in the late 1960s / early 1970s, and arguably the Escort's greatest victory was in the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally, driven by Finnish legend Hannu Mikkola and Swedish co-driver Gunnar Palm.Some say this was due to British consumers reluctance to let go of the "Escort" badge (as the first two generations of Escort had been among Britain's most popular cars, with the Mk II being Britain's best selling car in 1976 and some say that.In the 1979 season of the World Rally Championship, Björn Waldegård took the drivers' title, Hannu Mikkola was runner-up and Ari Vatanen finished the year in fifth place, all driving Escort RS1800s.Three or five-door hatchback bodywork was available, although Brazil later also received a two-door saloon known as the Ford Verona / Volkswagen Apollo.The production of British-sourced and New Zealand-assembled Escorts ended in late 1980.Sales were strong through the decade, and during the later 1980s Escort production also commenced at the Ford plant originally established for Fiesta production in Valencia.
Dynamically, the handling and ride were also much improved with revised suspension set up from that on the previous Mark V models.
The Escort Mark III was voted European Car of the Year in 1981, fighting off stiff competition from Italy's Fiat Panda and British Leylands Austin Metro.