Ford fleet marketing manager Nick Themistocleous said the relatively slender rise was the result of low inflation and a very competitive marketplace. Other manufacturers said they were monitoring their competitors' pricing strategies, but none have yet announced similar increases.
The Ford increases come into effect on August 18. Sample new prices with old prices in brackets: Fiesta 3-dr 1.25LX £10,085 (£9,945), Escort 5-dr 1.6LX £13,550 (£13,390), Mondeo 5-dr 1.8LX £15,090 (£14,875), Maverick SWB 2.4GLS £18,320 (£18,060), Scorpio 4-dr 2.3 Ultima £24,665 (£24,365), Galaxy 7-seat 2.0 Aspen £18,490 (£18,285), Courier van (ex. VAT) 1.8D £9,676 (£9,561).