Even though it received a refresh for the 2022 model year, the Ford Fiesta was still facing its fair share of challenges, including supply chain issues that prompted FoMoCo to drop the three-door configuration from the lineup earlier this year. Ford also announced that it would no longer be exporting the Fiesta and Focus ST to Australia back in August, and as Ford Authority reported last month, the Focus and Fiesta ST face uncertain futures elsewhere, too. Regardless, Ford reportedly planned on continuing to produce the Fiesta alongside its future EVs at the Cologne Assembly Plant in Germany, though a report surfaced yesterday that the long-running model was still facing cancellation. Now, the Fiesta’s demise has officially been confirmed by Blue Oval CEO Jim Farley himself.
As we say #FarewellFiesta, I’m grateful for our many Fiesta fans around the world & everyone at @Ford that built 22 million vehicles over five decades. It’s sad to see Fiesta go, but we’re excited for the next generation of electric vehicles soon to be produced in Europe. 💙⚡️ https://t.co/x2MidGgnzi
— Jim Farley (@jimfarley98) October 26, 2022
The Ford Fiesta has indeed been cancelled, and it won’t be produced at the new Cologne Electrification Center after all, as that facility is being converted for EV production only as part of the automaker’s $50 billion dollar investment in electrification as it aims to produce two million units annually by 2026.
Ultimately, this news doesn’t come as a huge surprise, given the fact that Ford is in the midst of transitioning its entire European passenger vehicle lineup to electric vehicles by 2030 or sooner. FoMoCo recently revealed that it will launch seven new EVs in Europe by 2024, including a Puma EV (which will also be built at Cologne and is teased in the video above), a pair of crossovers riding on Volkswagen’s MEB platform, and electric versions of the Transit Courier, Tourneo Courier, Transit Custom, and Tourneo Custom.
As Ford Authority reported yesterday, The Blue Oval also plans to launch an all-new, all-electric medium-sized crossover next year that utilizes a low carbon steel body, and that model is expected to be one of the aforementioned VW MEB-based EVs produced at the Cologne plant. Additionally, the automaker just announced that it has opened a new electric motor research site at the nearby Cologne-Niehl engine plant that will develop hairpin stators – one of the key components used in future electric motors.