The Ford Escort is a passenger car of the middle class and was sold from Cologne carmaker in the period from 1968 to 2000 as a new car. Already in 1968 produced the first Edition of the Ford Escort was a sales success for the American group. The triumph of Ford Escort withdrew a total of five model generations, extending over a 3 - and the 5-door hatchback sedan (notchback = Ford Orion, the Ford Escort Turnier (combi) and from 1983 stretched into the Ford Escort Convertible. Besides the Opel Kadett and Astra, Ford Escort was considered a worst rival the VW Golf. During the construction of the Ford Escort was equipped with a variety of diesel and petrol engines. One of the most popular variants was the Ford Escort XR3i which delivered a power of 130 hp and the car was also available for the convertible. The rarely encountered Ford Escort RS Cosworth, a derivation from rallying, one in the present day with 220 turbo hp of the most popular Ford Escort cars. In 2000 ended the Model History of the popular middle-class vehicle, as well as a successor to the successful Ford Focus was presented.