► Ford Escort sales neared 900,000 units in June 1986 ► ’Cars which sell to so many people deserve anything but easy treatment’ ► Steve Cropley embarks on the most epic of road testsThere came a moment when it suddenly made sense to submit the ordinary, common or garden Ford Escort to some kind of extraordinary test. The tact is, this car’s life seems to have been getting too easy lately. It looks too comfortable in its pre-eminent position as Britain’s best-selling car — which it has been for the past four years. Sales are nearing 900,000 units in this country alone, and recent revisions have been well received by a completely co-operative press. On the wider stage, Ford also claims that the Escort is the world’s best-selling car and has been for five straight years — though this claim stands up only if you include the underwhelming US Escorts. But Mr Ford seems to feel justifiably confident that his second-smallest car will now roll on an easy track until its successor turns up in 1989. Yet, cars, which sell to so many people, deserve anything but easy treatment. In Britain, they warrant the toughest testing of all, because the family car buyer here… Read full this story
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