The three-door Ford Fiesta has met its end just months after a mid-life update, due to slowing sales. The five-door body style will continue in Europe and Australia.
Ford of Europe has killed the three-door version of its 2022 Ford Fiesta city car, leaving only the five-door variant in showrooms.
The five-door version of the Ford Fiesta ST has been the sole choice in Australia since the current model’s arrival in 2020; now Europe has followed suit.
According to industry journal Automotive News Europe, production of the three-door Fiesta in Europe will cease within months to help “streamline [Ford’s] lineup and clear a backlog of orders” – just months after it was treated to its mid-life update.
Ford of Europe’s decision leaves the Mini as the only mainstream three-door car in Europe’s ‘B segment’ – known as ‘light cars’ or ‘city cars’ in Australia – and one of the final three-door hatchbacks of any size on sale in Europe.
The three-door Volkswagen Polo was axed with the launch of the latest model in 2017, with similar versions of the Peugeot 208, Opel Corsa (once sold locally as a Holden Barina), Hyundai i20, and two of the Polo’s twins, the Audi A1 and Seat Ibiza, also disappearing in recent years.
The Toyota Yaris is still available with three doors, though only in high-performance GR hot hatch guise – and with a price double that of the standard hybrid model. Regular three-door Yaris models left European showrooms in 2019.
In Australia, the current-generation Ford Fiesta has been offered solely with five doors since its launch in 2020, in a sole high-performance ST trim.
The previous-generation Fiesta ST was sold only with three doors in Australia – despite the availability of a five-door model overseas, albeit built in Ford’s Mexican plant, rather than Germany like Australia’s three-doors.
Production of the three-door Ford Fiesta is said to end in the northern summer of this year (our winter; June to August), according to Automotive News Europe, in order to “streamline the Fiesta range to speed up production at the Cologne plant, after a series of … parts shortages.”
“We are restricting some Fiesta orders due to the volume of existing orders we have,” a Ford spokesperson told the publication, with another spokesperson adding to Auto Express “Ford is simplifying the Fiesta line-up by focusing on series, packs, and features that customers want”.
A total of 81,618 Fiestas were reportedly sold in Europe in 2021 (via CarSalesBase), down from 156,067 in 2020, 228,959 in 2019 and as many as 459,006 in 2009.
The sole five-door body style will see the Fiesta city car to the end of the current generation, due around 2024 or 2025 – however it remains to be seen if it receives a petrol-powered successor, given slowing sales and a shift towards electric vehicles.
The Cologne, Germany plant where the Fiesta is built is preparing to commence production of two new mid-size electric SUVs based on Volkswagen platforms (teased last month), due in 2023 and 2024 respectively.
In the meantime, an updated Ford Fiesta is now on sale in Europe, ahead of first Australian deliveries expected within the coming weeks.
Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.