European made cars
|Ford Sierra XR4i||Ford Sierra XR4X4||Merkur XR4Ti||TOTAL|
African made cars
|Ford Cortina XR6||Ford Sierra XR6||Ford Sierra XR8||TOTAL|
Monthly production of European XRs
Initially those of the XR4i were the highest achieved by any European XR Sierra. But within a year they fell considerably. Dealers had enoughXR4i's for several months after their production terminated.
Sales of the XR4X4 remained fairly steady until at least the end of the eighties. The new bodystyle and the new engine do not seem to have had a great impact on the sales figures.
Sales of the Merkur XR4Ti follow the typical trend of starting high, only to decrease during the production run. The strong D-Mark/weak Dollar resulted in a fall in sales in the final year of production.
Annual production of South African XRs
Both the Cortina XR6 and the Sierra XR6 followed the typical pattern of starting high and gradually decreasing sales over the production run. But the Cortina XR6 did not have time to fall much prior to replacement by its Sierra successor.
Initially the sales of the Sierra XR6 were higher than those of its Cortina predecessor, but their rate of decrease over time was also higher.
RS Cosworth two-door
|Country||Amount||Car Population (1987)||Proportion of|
RS Cosworth Sapphire rear-wheel-drive
|Country||Amount||Car Population (1988)||Proportion of|
|The United Kingdom was the leading market for Sierra RS Cosworths, as
about half of the total production run of these cars went to this
country. Which is not surprising, considering the fact that this country
is the leading market for European Fords and especially for performance
Fords. The two-door RS Cosworth also
sold well in Austria. This is remarkable, considering the fact that no
RWD RS Cosworth Sapphire was sold in this country. However, this car was
popular in Italy, much more than its two-door predecessor. Other
European countries in which hundreds of such cars were sold are West
Germany, France and Spain.
Other countries in Europe in which Sierra RS Cosworths were sold were Belgium, Finland, Ireland, The Netherlands, Norway and Portugal. The Sapphire was sold in Denmark, an achievement which had eluded its two-door predecessor. No RWD Sierra RS Cosworths were sold in Sweden and in what was then Yugoslavia.
Outside Europe both the two-door and the RWD Sapphire versions of the RS Cosworth were sold in the Canary Islands and in Hong Kong. A few examples of the two-door car were sent to the United States, to Australia and to New Zealand, while a few Sapphire versions of this car were sold in Singapore, in Macao and in South Africa.