The Ford Fiesta, which has sold 4.8 million units in Britain, is anticipated to be discontinued by the manufacturer after 46 years of production.
Ford is choosing to produce more electric vehicles in place of gasoline and diesel models because the UK government will begin to forbid their production in 2030.
According to the Sun, the manufacturer has no plans to make an electric version of its $19,000 hybrid 2022 Fiesta, which may spell the death for the venerable supermini.
As a result, the three-door vehicle was already demolished in the spring of this year, and the five door hatchback is expected to be discontinued from sale in the upcoming years.
An source called the decision to shift the company’s aesthetic more toward crossovers a “strategic decision.”
The Fiesta was the best-selling car for 12 straight years from 2009 to 2020, and it is largely regarded as the car that Brits love the most.
The well-known vehicle has gone through seven iterations since its introduction in the summer of 1976.
In the same year’s James Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me, a Fiesta made an appearance alongside Roger Moore.
Other famous people connected to it include Idris Elba, who spent two years working at the Fiesta plant before becoming well-known, and Renee Zellweger, who is rumored to drive one.
Before moving to Germany in 2002, the automobile was produced in a facility in Dagenham.
The British-made Nissan Qashqai has increased car sales to a tight second place after the supermini Vauxhall Corsa, indicating that SUV-style vehicles are becoming more and more popular in the UK.
Given that sales of SUVs reached a record high of 45% of all automobile sales worldwide last year, Ford looks to be increasingly eyeing larger cars as the way forward commercially.
Ford will introduce five new vans and four new battery-powered vehicles by 2024, so the company is definitely going green.
Two mid-size crossovers, a Puma EV, the Mustang Mach-e, and an electric Fiesta are not anticipated, according to reports.
Ford’s famous Transit vans are already available in electric form, and a smaller E-Transit Custom model will follow soon.
The business discontinued the popular Ford Focus in 2025 after discontinuing the Mondeo model earlier this year.
“Ford is changing, and we are looking at all possibilities for our future range of all-electric vehicles,” a spokesman for the company said.
Ford has recently experienced significant supply chain problems, which even caused it to briefly halt Fiesta orders in June.
Semiconductors were in limited supply this year, which was made worse by supply chain issues that were prevalent and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The Fiesta and the Ford Focus aren’t on the list of the best-selling vehicles in the UK for this year.
Ford’s Transit Custom is still by far the most popular van in Britain.
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