Despite getting a refresh for the 2022 model year, the Ford Fiesta is still facing its fair share of challenges, including supply chain issues that prompted FoMoCo to drop the three-door configuration from the lineup altogether. 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. Now, even though Ford reportedly plans on producing the Fiesta alongside its future EVs at the Cologne Assembly Plant in Germany, the long-running model is still facing cancellation next year, according to Auto Express.
The rumor notes that an announcement regarding the future of the Ford Fiesta will be made next week, and this news will apparently reveal that the automaker will end production in mid-2023. “We are accelerating our efforts to go all-in on electrification and therefore review our vehicle portfolio in line with our business strategy,” a spokesperson said when asked to comment on the matter. “We do not comment on speculation and will share more information in the coming months.”
With no Fiesta EV reportedly in the works, it seems as if the model is indeed headed toward cancellation, particularly as 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), 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 earlier today, 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, which may be a hint that the Fiesta is indeed on its way out.