Skip advert
Advertisement

Ford Fiesta production ends after 47 years

After almost half a century as one of Britain's most popular cars, the final Ford Fiesta has rolled off the production line

Ford Fiesta ST

Ford has announced that the final Fiesta has rolled off the production line, marking the end for what is Britain's best selling car of all time. With the last model having been built Ford's factory in Cologne, the facility is soon set to undergo a transformation for the production of all-electric models.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Having first entered production in 1976, the loss of the Fiesta follows a trend of other companies killing off their supermini models due to shrinking market share and low profit margins. Ford initially axed the three-door model in early 2022 due to waning demand, but announced the cancellation of the remaining five-door version in October last year.

> Ford Sierra RS Cosworth – review, history and specs of an icon

With production spanning 47 years and over seven generations, Ford sold a total of 20 million Fiestas during this period. While the base Fiesta became a staple of British motoring over the years, the fettled range-toppers are what evo will miss most. From the XR2 to the RS Turbo, Zetec S and the introduction of the ST nameplate for the Mk5 Fiesta, it's the longest standing hot hatch we've seen to date. With the excellent Mk7 ST200 and most recent Mk8 ST cementing themselves as two of the best hot hatches of recent times, those years of expertise shone through.

While the likes of the Renault Clio, Peugeot 208 and Volkswagen Polo remain as alternatives, the ordinary Fiesta offered a class-leading chassis that helped make it one of the most accessible driver’s cars on the market. The loss of the range-topping ST is also a significant one for the performance car segment, standing up as one of the most entertaining hot hatches money could buy.

There is no direct Fiesta replacement in the works, with the next-generation Ford Puma EV said to be its spiritual successor.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Hyundai i20 N (2021 - 2024) review – a cracking supermini hot hatch
Hyundai i20 N eCoty – front cornering
In-depth reviews

Hyundai i20 N (2021 - 2024) review – a cracking supermini hot hatch

An inspiring hot hatch from Hyundai N. Agile, and with a limited slip differential that offers superb mid-corner traction, it's a formidable Fiesta ST…
11 Apr 2024
Ford Focus RS Mk1 (2002 - 2003): a rally-inspired hot hatch icon
Ford Focus RS
Reviews

Ford Focus RS Mk1 (2002 - 2003): a rally-inspired hot hatch icon

It could be unruly but the hottest of the first-generation Focus models was a blisteringly quick and rewarding machine
11 Apr 2024
Hyundai i30 N Fast Fleet test – 8 months with the Korean hot hatch
Hyundai i30 N evo Fast Fleet
Long term tests

Hyundai i30 N Fast Fleet test – 8 months with the Korean hot hatch

The i30 N has been one of our favourite hot hatches ever since we first sampled it. It passed the long-term test with flying colours, too
9 Apr 2024
The new Audi S3 gets more power and RS3 tech
2024 Audi S3
News

The new Audi S3 gets more power and RS3 tech

Audi’s middling S3 hot hatch has been given an update for the 2024 model year, gaining powertrain tweaks, a design update and the RS3’s torque-splitti…
8 Apr 2024
Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

BMW i4 eDrive35 review: does less equal more?
BMW i4 eDrive35 – front
Reviews

BMW i4 eDrive35 review: does less equal more?

BMW’s cheapest i4 gets a smaller battery, less power and a £50,755 price tag – is it a worthy alternative to a Polestar 2?
12 Apr 2024
BMW M5 (F90) Fast Fleet test – 9 months with the 592bhp four-door
evo Fast Fleet BMW M5 F90
Long term tests

BMW M5 (F90) Fast Fleet test – 9 months with the 592bhp four-door

It may have been faster, more powerful and more complex that any M5 before, but the 592bhp F90 also managed to channel the spirit of some of its more …
12 Apr 2024
Used car deals of the week
Main used car deals
Advice

Used car deals of the week

In this week's used car deals, we've sourced everything from a Mk1 Ford Focus RS to a Porsche Taycan
12 Apr 2024