The Ford Mondeo is a large family car sold by the Ford Motor Company in various markets throughout the world. The name 'Mondeo' derives from the Latin word mundus, meaning 'world'. The initial generation of the Mondeo was developed as a 'world car', along with North American models marketed as the Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique until 2000, and as the Ford Fusion from model year 2013 and on. The Mondeo has been largely hailed as a class-leader since launch, critically considered far superior to its main rival, the Opel/Vauxhall Vectra, and dynamically superior also, to the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia. The Mondeo was launched on 8 January 1993, and sales began on 22 March 1993. Available as a four-door saloon, a five-door hatchback, and a five-door estate, all models for the European market were produced at Ford's plant in the Belgian city of Genk.
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