UK business flocks to Ford

Double glazing company Safestyle UK made the order as UK businesses flock to new cars in their search for reduced running costs.

The Ford Focus and Ford Mondeo will make up the fleet, both equipped with diesel engines. In the case of the Ford Focus, this means CO2 emissions of 109g/km and the Mondeo boasts a similar level of 114g/km.

Both models are fitted with a 1.6-litre diesel engine, and fuel economy is as high as 65.6mpg for the Mondeo – a major concern for fleet manufacturers in the UK.

Fleet sales are currently propping up the UK car industry, with a rise of two per cent in July offsetting a huge dip in private car buyers in the same month.

According to Sean Bingham, of ERA Fleet Cost Management, businesses are turning to Ford because of the eco-credentials of its new cars.

He said: “Safestyle had already decided it wanted Ford’s new Auto-Start-Stop technology, not just for its improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions, but because it believed Ford was the most appropriate manufacturer in terms of fit for its business.”

Ford is currently the most popular manufacturer in the UK. The Ford Fiesta is the best-selling model, closely followed by the Ford Focus.

Ford’s range of vans continues to outsell its rivals, with the Ford Transit by far the most popular model of 2011. The range will be extended in 2012 with the introduction of an all-electric Ford Transit Connect.

A hybrid version of the Ford C-Max and an all-electric Ford Focus are due to be released in 2013, and both are expected to be popular with green-conscious businesses in the UK.