Unlike the Australian models, the New Zealand Escort range followed the specifications of the British models, aside from the use of metric instrumentation. However, the performance was not so impressive, with only 54 bhp (40 kW; 55 PS) and a top speed of barely 90 mph (140 km/h). Unlike other markets likely due to the estate 's absence the van was offered in a higher level of trim a GL, and a Sport pack van was also available. Two years ago the heat worked sometimes and not others. This generation was only built with three doors in Brazil, although the five-door model was produced in Argentina. A b c d Ford Escort Production Numbers And Identification Guide Retrieved on Glasss Price Guide, June 1973, page 46 Darwin, Norm (1986). 39 The Brazilian Escort LX was also available in Switzerland, only with the larger engine option. Sales in the United Kingdom increased, and by 1982 it had overtaken the ageing Cortina as the nation's best-selling car, beginning an eight-year run as Britain's best selling car. European production finished in 1990, although stocks of the model, especially the XR3i and RS Turbo variants continued into 1991 and finished in 1992. Missing or empty title ( help ) "42ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo". As well as having four-wheel drive, its most memorable feature was its extremely large "whale-tail" tailgate spoiler. South America edit The fifth generation Escort was launched in South America in December 1992, being manufactured in Brazil and Argentina by AutoLatina, a joint-venture between Volkswagen and Ford. The engine line-up received a new addition,.6l Zetec motor. Le Salon de l'Auto 1973: Toutes les Voitures du Monde (in French). B c "Nasenkorrektur: New von Ford: Escort RS 2000 mit 110 PS (nose correction: New Ford Escort RS 2000 with 110 bhp. Argentinian production had begun in 1988 with many parts imported from Brazil, although the five-door model was available there from the beginning and the engine options differed. The two entry level engines were revised the.3 L received the latest version of the Kent/Valencia family the Endura-E from the recently launched Mk IV Fiesta and Ka, whilst the.4L CVH was replaced by the updated CVH-PTE unit.