Introducing the million-mile Ford Mondeo

Taxi driver Brian Holmes bought the Ford Mondeo estate, a practical large family car, in 1996 for a reasonable £14,000 and has since clocked up nearly 1,000,000 miles in the vehicle.

He is expected to reach the milestone figure today when he drives the 60-mile journey to Manchester Airport dropping off holiday-makers from his home in Preesall, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The milestone Ford Mondeo has taken just 16 years to reach the milestone and Ford’s legendary reliability means the 1.8-litre turbo estate has meant very little work has been needed apart from the usual wear and tear.

Holmes told the Mail: “I’ve not had many problems with it, just wear and tear. Third gear used to go in the gearbox, so I did get a reconditioned Ford gear box. I would buy a Ford again because it’s been a reliable car.”

The reliability of the Ford Mondeo means it has been a popular choice as both a large family and a business car in the UK.

A new 2013 Ford Mondeo is set to be revealed later in the year complete with a new, premium design and even more equipment as standard.

Technology such as Ford’s SYNC voice control, DAB radio and automatic parking are all expected to be included in the new Ford Mondeo.

The new 2013 Ford Mondeo is expected to improve fuel economy in both saloon and estate versions and cut CO2 emissions from the 139g/km in the cleanest diesel version currently on sale.

Steve Humbles, product marketing manager for Ford of Britain, said: “Since Mondeo was first launched in 1993, it has proven a popular choice for retail and fleet customers alike, predominantly due to its reliability, fuel economy and smart driver assistance technologies.

“We are delighted to hear that Bernie has enjoyed one million miles of happy motoring in his.”

The Ford Mondeo is on sale now at Perrys Ford dealerships.