World tour Fiesta returns home to UK

The supermini, which sports a 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost petrol engine has travelled 3,500 miles while acting as a demonstration vehicle in North America and Europe before returning to the UK.

Its 1.6-litre engine was built in the Bridgend plant, where all 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre EcoBoost engines are produced. The latter is expected to be used in Ford’s larger car range, while the 1.6-litre found in the Ford Fiesta has been used in the new Ford C-Max.

As Ford rolls out the EcoBoost engines, which improve power without increasing CO2 emissions, across its range, the Bridgend plant is expected to increase production.

Kieran Cahill, Ford Bridgend plant manager, said; "We are delighted to welcome the round-the-world Fiesta to Bridgend, birthplace of its 1.6-litre petrol engine. Ford Bridgend is increasing production and will soon be exporting engines all around the world."

The visit of the Ford Fiesta to Bridgend is not the end of its journey – it will now travel to the Middle East, Asia and Austalia as part of its world tour.

The rest of its journey covers a further 12,000 miles across 21 different countries and is expected to take around 55 days.

Meanwhile, the 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost engine, described by Ford as offering CO2 and fuel savings of up to 20 per cent compared to a similar-sized petrol engine, will debut in the new Ford C-Max in Autumn.

It is also expected to appear in the Ford S-Max when the engine range is revised, while the larger 2.0-litre powerplant could appear in the likes of the Ford Mondeo and Ford Kuga in future.