45 However, the Escortbased Bantam pick-up remained in production, facelifted, and was also sold as a Mazda Rustler. 21 Rest of the world edit Israel Assembly of the Mk II Escort commenced in August 1975. 42 The XR3 was also sold, known simply as the Ford XR3 and later XR3i, rather than the Ford Escort XR3. 58 In 1998, Ford announced an all-new car, the Focus, which replaced the Escort and superseded the "Escort" name that had been in use for 30 years. 31 A convertible version, made by coachbuilder Karmann appeared the same year as the five-door estate (1983). Australian Escort production ceased in late 1980, with 79,142 examples of the Mk II produced, 16 the range being replaced by FWD derivatives of the Mazda 323/Familia, namely the Ford Laser 3-door and 5-door hatchback and the Meteor 4-door sedan. Sixth generation (19952004) edit 3-door hatchback Estate Van (1995-2002) The Ford Escort 3 was revised in January 1995, although it was still based on the previous model. A cosmetic update was given in 1978 (note that Australia received differing updates - see below with L models gaining the square headlights (previously exclusive to the GL and Ghia variants) and there was an upgrade in interior and exterior specification for some models. Missing or empty title ( help ) "42ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo". Diesel engines on small family cars were rare, and the Escort was no exception, initially featuring only petrol engines.1 L, and.3 L versions. Popularity edit As well as being one of the most popular cars in Europe throughout its production the life, the Escort was frequently the best selling car in Britain during the 1980s and 1990s. The Escort Mark III was voted European Car of the Year in 1981, fighting off stiff competition from Italy's Fiat Panda and British Leyland 's Austin Metro. A b c d Ford Escort Production Numbers And Identification Guide Retrieved on Glasss Price Guide, June 1973, page 46 Darwin, Norm (1986). "Um companheiro e tanto" A companion and then some. It was also directed at buyers of the earlier Cortina, which had ceased production in 1982, with its Sierra successor not available as a saloon at the time. This gave rise to the Escort Mexico (1598cc "crossflow"-engined) special edition road versions in honour of the rally car. Automobil Revue 1994 (in German and French). The estate and van versions used the same panelwork as the Mark I, but with the Mark II front end and interior.