With a powerful array of global resources and a pioneering team prepared to change everything about developing a new vehicle, Ford has achieved its first digitally created vehicle. The new Mondeo is the first product programme developed using the power of Ford's intranet/extranet.

Mondeo's every component was engineered to the minutest technical detail exclusively on computers. There were no drawing boards used to create this new vehicle, as the Ford Mondeo team reinvented how a new car could be developed, shaving 13 months off the development process along the way.

"The significance of the new Mondeo to the future of Ford Motor Company here in Europe cannot be overstated," said Ford of Europe Chairman Nick Scheele. "Our flagship has been the groundbreaker of new technology that will help Ford develop products not only quicker but also better. It is the first of an aggressive new product launch initiative that will see Ford treble its product introduction pace over each of the next five years."

Since the original Ford Mondeo was launched in 1993, more than 2.5 million vehicles have been built for sale in more than 60 markets around the world. It set new standards for its segment in terms of safety, by being the first to offer a standard driver's airbagair bag. Its acclaimed vehicle dynamics were the inspiration for successive Ford vehicles across the model range, most recently the multi-award winning Ford Focus. No stranger to awards itself, Ford Mondeo was voted "European Car of the Year 1994."

Built at Ford's Genk (Belgium) Assembly Plant, Mondeo is Ford's entry in one of the most important market segments in the European industry. The new model has been designed to build on its predecessor's strengths and success, created with Ford's pioneering new product development process.