The refreshed 2022 Ford Fiesta was just revealed last September, but like most other vehicles in The Blue Oval’s lineup, its launch has been one riddled with problems related to supply chain issues. Back in February, Ford pushed back the launch of the high-performance ST in Australia because of these issues, while production at the Ford Cologne Assembly Plant was previously paused for the entire month of October as well as much of this month. Now, the Ford Fiesta three-door model has reportedly been dropped from FoMoCo’s lineup, according to Automotive News.
The move is being made in an effort to streamline Ford’s lineup and clear a backlog of orders. That configuration also serves as the basis for the Fiesta ST, a model that will now move to a five-door configuration when production of the three-door Fiesta ends this summer. Ford was one of the last automakers in Europe to offer a compact three-door vehicle, though Fiesta sales, in general, have been on the decline for some time now as Europeans embrace crossovers like the Ford Puma.
Additionally, Ford will continue to streamline the Fiesta lineup to speed up production, including restricting orders for the ST-2 in the UK. “We are restricting some Fiesta orders due to the volume of existing orders we have,” a company spokesperson said. However, the Fiesta five-door will continue to be built alongside future EV models in Germany for the foreseeable future.
In the meantime, Ford is in the midst of a $1 billion dollar renovation at the Cologne plant that will transform it into the Cologne Electrification Center for the production of EVs as part of a mission to transition its entire European passenger vehicle lineup to electric vehicles by 2030 or sooner. The automaker recently revealed that it will launch seven new EVs in Europe by 2024, including a Puma EV, a pair of crossovers built on Volkswagen’s MEB platform, and electric versions of the Transit Courier, Tourneo Courier, Transit Custom, and Tourneo Custom.