[Video] Ford Mondeo is now 20 years old image

The Ford Mondeo, Ford’s widely known family car, is celebrating its 20th anniversary and more than 4.5 million sales in Europe.

The Mondeo was introduced in 1993 following a five-year, £3 billion ($4.6 billion) development program. The Mondeo was named Car of the Year in 1994 and has usually made advanced features available and affordable for European customers.

“Mondeo has a rich history and a bright future,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president Product Development, Ford of Europe. “Across two decades, Mondeo has stood for great driving dynamics, surprising technologies, excellent safety and outstanding fuel efficiency.”

“Mondeo’s future is very bright and at Ford Motor Company we’re looking forward to delivering another 20 years of innovation for drivers across Europe,” added Samardzich.

The Mondeo has attracted recognition with more than 20 awards in 20 years from countries including Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Holland, Norway, Russia, Spain and the U.K.

To celebrate two decades of Mondeo Ford today released a new internet video with voiceover by Hollywood actor Ray Winstone, star of such movies as “The Sweeney,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and “The Departed.”

The all-new global Mondeo will arrive in Europe in late 2014, featuring further advanced technologies including Ford’s award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine expected to deliver leading fuel economy; petrol Hybrid Electric Vehicle powertrain; segment-first adaptive full LED headlamps; and the European debut of Ford’s rear inflatable seatbelts designed to reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers.