In the 1979 season of the World Rally Championship, Björn Waldegård took the drivers' title, Hannu Mikkola was runner-up and Ari Vatanen finished the year in fifth place, all driving Escort RS1800s.
Japan edit The Mk I Escort was sold in Japan, imported from the United Kingdom by Kintetsu Motors and was available with the.3 L engine in GT trim, and was sold alongside the Ford Cortina and the Ford Capri.
Another engine, introduced in August 1983, was the.6 L diesel engine.
This tiny engine remained popular in Italy, where it prostitutes louisville ky was carried over for the Escort Mark II, but in France it was discontinued during 1972.They were characterised by the wide wheelarch extensions (pictured right and often by the fitment of four large spotlights for night stages.9 Many of the German built Escorts were exported, notably to Benelux and Italy ; from the West German domestic market perspective the car was cramped and uncomfortable when compared with the well-established and comparably priced Opel Kadett, and it was technically primitive when set.Sales were helped by the fact that this generation Escort complied with Japanese government dimension regulations concerning vehicle dimensions and engine displacement.The car used a revised underbody, which had been introduced as a running change during the last six months production of the Mark.
It was equipped with the Renault-based Ford CHT engine, of either 1341 of 1555 cc.
1996 Ford Escort RS2000.
Production ended in Britain in August 1980, other countries following soon after.
The Mark II Escort continued its predecessor's run on the RAC Rally, winning every year from 1975 to 1979 and racing in a variety of other events around the world.
A minor update occurred in Spring 1989 where the Escort badge at the rear changed to look more modern as well as some minor trim revisions in order to maintain interest in the car until the MKV arrived the following year.The 940 cc engine was still offered in Italy where the smaller engine attracted tax advantages, but in the other larger European markets in Europe it was unavailable.Unlike the Australian models, the New Zealand Escort range followed the specifications of the British models, aside from the use of metric instrumentation.Codenamed "Brenda" during its development, it used the same mechanical components as the Mark.The same tuned.3 L engine was also used in a variation sold as the Escort Sport, that used the flared front wings from the AVO range of cars, but featured trim from the more basic models.The XR3i was discontinued at the beginning of 1994.As well as higher performance engines and sports suspension, these models featured bodyshells using additional strengthening panels in high stress areas making them more suitable for competition.The car came in for criticism for its lack of oddments space, with a glove compartment only available on higher end models, and its stalk-mounted horn.Only the four-door saloon was offered, and this was the only generation available to Japanese buyers.B c "Facilities Ford Motor Company Newsroom".
Specifications, however, were also higher than before.