Ford celebrated its centenary in the UK in 2011 and has been the country's top-selling car brand for more than 40 years. For much of that period Britain also served as the headquarters for Ford Motor Company's European business, but this was transferred to Germany in 1998. Even so, Britain remains Ford's biggest European market by far, almost twice the size of second-placed Germany by sales volumes, and the global #3 after the US and China. Yet Europe has also long been one of the group's most troubled regions financially, and Ford has announced a series of measures since 1999 designed to cut costs and boost profitability. These included the winding down of car production at its historic Dagenham factory. Almost all models are now imported from Europe. For 2019, Ford recorded new passenger car registrations of 236,137 units, down sharply for the third consecutive year but still the clear leader in a falling market at 10.7% market share. In the light commercial segment, Ford had over 32% share from more than 118,000 new registrations, three times closest rival VW. The Fiesta replaced the Focus as the UK's best-selling car for first time in 2009, and has retained its leadership ever since, though volumes have dipped sharply in recent years. The total for 2019 was just under 78k, down almost 20% on the year before, but still almost a third higher than VW's second-placed Golf. The Focus ranked 3rd with 57k units, while Kuga was #7 at 42k. The Ford Transit has been the best-selling model in the medium commercial vehicle segment every year since 1965, and accounts for almost all the company's LCV sales. The UK-based Ford Motor Company Ltd reported revenues of £12.9bn in 2018 and net profit of £166m. Just over half of revenues came from the UK and the remainder from other European markets. Declared advertising expense was £113m. Andy Barrett is chairman & managing director. See also main Ford Motor Company profile.
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