Ford has announced that it will end production of its best-selling Fiesta supermini to make way for a number of new electric models.
First launched in 1976 when there was a need for more small, fuel-efficient cars, the Fiesta has been a hugely important part of the UK automotive scene and it’s the most popular car ever sold in Britain, topping the list of best-selling cars for a number of years.
More than 22 million have now been produced across nine generations, with the model’s appeal always being bolstered by sportier versions over the years, including the XR2i, RS Turbo and the more recent ST.
But, despite its continued success, Ford has now announced it will end production of the Fiesta at its plant in Cologne, Germany, by the end of June 2023. It will also be discontinuing its once-popular S-Max and Galaxy MPVs, with the production of these cars ending in Valencia, Spain, in April 2023.
In a statement, Ford said: “At Ford in Europe, we are accelerating our efforts to go all-in on electrification with our passenger vehicles being fully electric by 2030 – and all vehicles across our Ford portfolio by 2035.
“As we get ready to transition to an electric future, we will discontinue production of S-MAX and Galaxy in Valencia, Spain in April 2023 and discontinue Fiesta production in Cologne, Germany by end of June 2023.”
Ford’s current European electric car line-up consists of the Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit.
Three new electric passenger cars are planned by 2024, including an EV version of its Puma crossover, along with SUVs based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB electric car platform. There are four further battery-powered commercial vehicles due on the roads by 2024 too.Enquire on a new Ford Fiesta