Like most new vehicles these days, the refreshed 2022 Ford Focus ST and Ford Fiesta ST have faced a number of production issues stemming from various supply chain constraints over the past several months. In fact, the three-door Fiesta was recently dropped from the lineup completely, while Ford dialed back production of both models as its prepares to end production at the Saarlouis Assembly plant and convert the Valencia Body and Assembly plant into an EV production facility. Ford has already stopped taking orders for both models while Australia has faced delays, limited inventory, and even missing key features. Now, both the Ford Focus ST and Fiesta ST have been dropped from Australia’s lineup altogether, according to Car Expert.
Both models are reportedly being axed as a result of supply chain issues that have severely hampered production to this point, but it also means that neither the Fiesta nor the Focus will be sold in Australia in any form moving forward, since the high-performance ST variants were the only models previously available there.
Existing orders for the 2022 model year will still be fulfilled, but those are already spoken for, though a small number of each will still reportedly be available at dealers – including a grand total of just 40 Focus STs for the entire country. However, some order holders will apparently be informed that they won’t be receiving their vehicles at all, though those will reportedly consist of the higher-spec Focus ST X trim. Those customers will receive a full refund on their deposit, a Ford Performance Pack, and a $400 digital Mastercard gift card.
“Both the Focus ST and Fiesta ST have been segment-defining hot hatches for Ford Australia and have put smiles on the faces of enthusiasts across the country, and we want to thank those fans for their passion,” said Ford Australia president and CEO Andrew Birkic. “But with semiconductor-related supply shortages and our focus on emerging areas of growth, we’ve made the difficult decision to call time on these iconic hot hatches in Australia. We look forward to sharing more about the next era of our performance vehicle lineup soon.”