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The end of the Ford Fiesta

  • 27-10-2022 2:21pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,200 ✭✭✭MrCostington

    Thought there would be a thread already on this but can't find one. While personally I'm pretty meh about the news, it has been a constant presence on our roads for since the mid 70's (or six decades) so will be surely missed.

    Seems to be another victim of the trend towards SUVs and crossovers, Ford say it's going due to push to electric, so why not a electric version. Soon salons (I know it's a hatch, but I mean regular cars) will be a niche, Fords already stopped production of sedans in the US.

    Anyway, RIP Fiesta.



  • Registered Users Posts: 79,129 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn

    My first official driving lessons were in one, it had power steering which was a great luxury at the time.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,881 ✭✭✭✭AMKC

    I have been in many a fiesta. I remember the the oldest one was before the stumpy front one bit it still had the metal going down between the lights and no real grill but he kept it absolutely spotless like new inside.

    Then after that he got a stuppy nose one and had a crash in it so gave up driving for a while and moved to the city. It was not that badly damaged do and his brother bought it after it got all fixed up for real cheap. It had the 1.25 zetec engine in it and could easily do the ton but that was bloody scarry.

    Anyway the engine finally went a bit crazy in it he would be shopped at light and the engine would be revving like mad and then when he would go to go it would nearly stall so it got scrapped for a Focus 3 door.

    I have also been in some of the more recent models just not the very latest one.

    So yes a car that has touched a lot in Irish society I would say.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,117 ✭✭✭creedp

    So it's not just the fiesta. The smax, galaxy and focus will join the mondeo on death row. So basically all its passenger cars (other than a couple of faux SUVs) are being axed over the next 2 years with nothing but the Mach E, which doesn't even sport the blue oval, launched as a replacement. Sad really, Ford as we have known it is gone.

    Surprised to hear they have an ID4 equivalent launching next year. Best kept secret in the motor industry or are they simply way being the curve in its development?

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 17,487 Mod ✭✭✭✭Henry Ford III

    I read somewhere that Ford are investing heavily is hydrogen fuel cell technology until such time as battery technology has improved.

    Not sure if I can see myself driving a Puma or Kuga though.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 50,846 ✭✭✭✭bazz26

    Fiesta sales have been in decline across the Continent for a few years now. SMax and Galaxy are based on the Mondeo platform so their cards were marked since the Mondoe got the death sentence. I didn't read anything about the future of the Focus but would assume the current Focus will solider on for a few more years.

    Mache E is too expensive to sell in decent numbers here and putting a Mustang name on it was daft but Puma EV is being launched next year. Ford already have a platform sharing agreement with VW around some of their commercial vehicles so Ford badged ID models couldn't be ruled out at some point I guess.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,117 ✭✭✭creedp

    The article is suggesting the focus will be axed in 2025 so unless you want to drive around in a ranger or a transit, it's either a faux SUV or an over priced EV unless they get the finger out and launch a few affordable and practical EVs

  • Registered Users Posts: 50,846 ✭✭✭✭bazz26

    But very few are buying hatchbacks now anyway, they are all buying faux SUVs such as the Puma and Kuga. Very few manufacturers have affordable EVs on sale unless you include the Chinese stuff starting to come in.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,328 ✭✭✭John_Rambo

    Will there be a gap in the market for them?

    I don't like regular Fords, but I love all the ST & RS cars. Particularly the Fiesta (had a Focus ST for a short time and drove a Fiesta ST)... they are just unrefined fun fun fun, noise, clatter, acceleration, handling... a pure drivers car (unlike the latest Golf GTi which went a bit too smooth, sophisticated and urbane). There's two Fiesta ST's close to me, a red one and a blue one, both immaculate.

    When I see a Ford Fiesta ST I feel like shaking the owners hand. Maybe there'll be a few hooligan celebration models released at the end of the line that I can pick up when they're affordable in a decades time.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,199 ✭✭✭Fabio

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,117 ✭✭✭creedp

    The irony is that Govts are now heavily incentivising EVs whose 0-100 kph times would dwarf those of so called hot hatches that are considered by many to be driven by young foolhardy risk takers that put other more sensible persons life's at risk. No such negative sentiments towards EVs for some reason. Maybe it's because todate they are the preserve of more sensible better off people which may change in the years ahead when more affordable used EVs make there way into the hands of these younger foolhardy class of drivers. A new era of muscle cars beckon?

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,117 ✭✭✭creedp

    The way things are heading you'll soon be able to throw your Fiesta in the boot of your EV to show off to your friends so they can marvel as how compact super mini sized ICEs were in the bad old days

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,264 ✭✭✭McGrath5

    I think there has been a Fiesta in the family at some stage of my life for the last 20 years, the missus bought one new 2 years back and loves it, great cars that offer brilliant practicality and value for money. A real pity they are going and I will be loathe to spend €50k on a Korean EV box.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,742 ✭✭✭Casati

    U.K. sales of Fiesta fell off a cliff and it hasn't made the top 10 in year - the Puma is the best selling Ford now. Its not all dead for the cheapish small cars though- the Corsa is the best selling car in the U.K. for some reason, and the 208 and Sandro are big sellers in Europe. I hope that the green agenda pushes the market back into smaller cars. I'm driving a fairly large SUV and its rubbish, can't wait to get back to an estate

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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,687 ✭✭✭✭wonski

    I drive 3 years old Fiesta with rather peaceful 1.1 engine. Always liked them,my parents drive the previous generation as well and never complained.

    I was looking for an A to B kind of car for zero to one passenger most of the time with occasional trips to Donegal that the car handled well.

    I always thought that small car is good for my needs, wonder what the other manufacturers come up with now.

    I definitely can't do electric and don't need mini SUV, Fiesta was just perfect for what I needed.

    I hope Ford know what they are doing.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,505 ✭✭✭✭Mad_maxx

  • Registered Users Posts: 73,213 ✭✭✭✭colm_mcm

    Small cars aren’t profitable enough for them. Same reason they don’t sell anything we would recognise as a car in the USA anymore.

    it gives you an idea of where Ford is at when the likes of Dacia can make money on a Sandero, and when Stellantis can electrify the 208/Corsa. Ford aren’t even properly bothering with vans now either. Times are changing.

  • Registered Users Posts: 28,420 ✭✭✭✭Quazzie

    Are you considering a new Fiesta for your next car?

    If your answer is no, then that's why it's being scrapped. Nothing to do with an agenda. The market dictates what it wants.

  • Registered Users Posts: 286 ✭✭Tech_Head

    It’s a shame for sure. I’ve a Mk 7.5 Red Edition. It’s a 1.0 with 125 horsepower but remapped to up it some more. Great handling and fun little car. Am tempted to go for a newer one as really do need 5 doors now. Would have to be the ST to get an engine that’s at least as good as mine but they have crept up in price by quite a bit.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,117 ✭✭✭creedp

    It's not that simple, Govt policy massively distorts the market. Greenie policies such as carbon based VRT, motor tax and EV grants has massively distorted the market in Ireland in recent years. Did the market really decide that non commercial urban drivers should buy diesel cars?

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,348 ✭✭✭PsychoPete

    Small hatchbacks just aren't popular anymore as prefer crossover type cars even if it's basically just a small hatchback on stilts

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,213 ✭✭✭Montage of Feck

    Very sad to hear as the fiesta was a decent, affordable car, that was great to drive. But considering we are in an energy/climate crisis it seems quite bizarre that a huge car maker like ford is abandoning small cars.

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