Both the Mexico and escort romano di lombardia RS1600 were built at Ford's Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) facility located at the Aveley Plant in South Essex.
17 Some 67,146 examples of the Mk I were built in Australia, 16 with local sourcing bringing the Australian content of the vehicles to 85 per cent.Popularity edit As well as being one of the most popular cars in Europe throughout its production the life, the Escort was frequently the best selling car in Britain during the 1980s and 1990s.Assembly ended after 12,700 units, in April 1981.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.The interior of the car was hugely revised too following heavy criticism of the original 1990 car which featured low quality café des trois colombes nancy plastics for its interior mouldings - the car now featured an all new dashboard arrangement of competitive quality.By 1991, Ford's partnership with Mazda started to bear fruit in the form of the Escort GT, which was powered by a spirited dual-overhead-cam, four-cylinder engine borrowed from Mazda.156, isbn bigger and better,.A three-speed automatic transmission was available as an option for most.3- and.6-litre models.Vatanen won the drivers' title in 1981, again at the wheel of an RS1800.Another engine, introduced in August 1983, was the.6 L diesel engine.

A new.6 L 16-valve 90 bhp (66 kW) Zetec engine was introduced, replacing the previous CVH.Retrieved "Facilities Ford Motor Company Newsroom".Only the four-door saloon was offered, and this was the only generation available to Japanese buyers.The engine displacement contributed to a lower annual road tax obligation to Japanese buyers which helped sales.7 It was also stated that 60 of the two million Escorts had been built in Britain.At the rear, the Ford logo moved from the right to the centre of the boot, except for the van and convertible models.Commercial models edit The two-door Escort Van arrived in the marketplace in February 1981, a slightly delayed introduction caused by large remaining stocks of the Mark II Escort Van.
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The suspension consisted of MacPherson strut front suspension and a simple live axle mounted on leaf springs.