The Ford Escort is a small family car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company 's European division between and The first use of the Escort name was for a reduced specification version of the Ford Squire , a s estate car version of the Ford Anglia E , though this did not sell very well by comparison to the other members of the E family. The car was presented in continental Europe as a product of Ford's European operation. The front suspension and steering gear were differently configured and the brakes were fitted with dual hydraulic circuits; also the wheels fitted on the Genk-built Escorts had wider rims.
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The Ford Escort did not have the best start in life. Criticised for being dull in comparison to rivals, it was slated for having inferior dynamics, a dull design and patchy build quality. Yet by , following its second facelift, the Escort had evolved with an improved chassis, different steering and suspension set-ups and a curvier front end which gave a neater appearance. Today, the late-model Escort is a fine choice if you want inexpensive family transport.
Although it was originally a European model, the Escort badge has also been applied to several different designs in North America over the years see Ford Escort North America. The first use of the Ford Escort name was in the s for an estate car version of the Ford Anglia E though this had few sales by comparison to the other members of the E family. The original Ford Escort was introduced in the United Kingdom at the end of It replaced the successful long running Anglia. The car was presented in continental Europe as a product of Ford's European operation.