Ford built its first car in 1903 and didn't take long to become one of America's Big Three - while also selling vast numbers of cars in Europe too. The Ford Focus is consistently the UK's best-selling new car, largely because it's a fleet favourite, and the same is true of the Fiesta as well as the Mondeo.

In recent years Ford has diversified into MPVs such as the Galaxy and S-Max, and SUVs such as the Kuga. For now it seems to have given up on sportscars, but it's still producing a great city car in the shape of the Ford Ka.