Ford’s chosen to end three-door Fiesta production, resulting in the demise of the three-door ST, but 5-door models will continue on
Ford has announced that it’s ending production of its three-door Fiesta this year, leaving just the five-door model in the recently updated range. This will apply to all Fiesta models, including the ST, and follows a trend of other companies killing off their three-door supermini models due to their shrinking market share.
There are exceptions, of course, such as the Toyota GR Yaris and three-door Mini, but taking into account their somewhat specialist status, it had previously left the Fiesta as the sole mainstream three-door supermini.
Typical mainstream rivals like the Renault Clio, Vauxhall Corsa, Peugeot 208 and Volkswagen Polo have all long given up on offering a three-door variant, suggesting that interest in the three-door supermini market has been waning for some time.
In response to the change, Ford responded by saying it was ‘simplifying the Fiesta line-up by focusing on series, packs, and features that customers want – and discontinuing the ones that are less in demand. Fiesta will continue to be offered in Ford’s distinctive and popular series: the sporty ST-Line and performance ST, rugged Active, well appointed Titanium, plus Trend. Among the changes is the discontinuation of the three-door Fiesta, including the van version.’
Ford did confirm that this will not affect the current sixth generation Fiesta’s model cycle that was initially introduced in 2018. The good news is that for now, the five-door Fiesta ST is still available, and will continue to rival the Hyundai i20 N for some time to come.
This article originally appeared at evo.co.uk
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