Ford to use Commonwealth Games to tout green credentials

Ford Motor is to use its sponsorship of the Commonwealth Games to promote its range of green cars to the events home nations as part of a wider attempt to revitalise its struggling European business.

Ford will promote its Ford Focus electric car (above) through its Commonwealth Games sponsorship.

The car marque has just announced it will become the official automotive partner for the event for an undisclosed fee. It will promote low CO2 emissions models including Ford C-MAX, Ford S-MAX, Ford Galaxy and Ford Tourneo around the event, while also supplying Ford Focus vehicles for use by organisers.

Ford will use athletes such as Tom Daley, in promotions after signing separate deals with Team Scotland, Team England, Team Wales and Team Northern Ireland.

Mark Ovenden, Ford UK chairman and managing director says the Commonwealth tie-up aims to deliver a “sustainable and inclusive event for a huge global audience”.

The car manufacturer, which claims it has a presence in 90 per cent of Commonwealth countries, is looking to exploit renewed interest in the event following the London 2012 Olympic Games. Earlier this year, the business vowed it would cut losses in Europe this year following an overhaul of its operations across the region.

The news comes as organisers confirmed that 92 per cent of tickets for the Games had now been sold, with 11 of 17 sports had been sold and 2.3 million tickets requested.

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