A sad day for hot-hatch lovers today, as Ford New Zealand announced the Fiesta ST will depart the local line-up by the end of the year, as the company focuses on areas of growing customer demand such as SUVs, and commercial vehicles and electrification including the Mach-E arriving in 2023.

We reviewed the Fiesta ST back in 2020 and totally loved it. Such a great sports car at a great price.

“The Fiesta ST has been a segment-defining hot hatch for New Zealand and has put smiles on the faces of enthusiasts across the country, and we want to thank those fans for their passion,” said Simon Rutherford, Managing Director, Ford New Zealand.

“But with semi-conductor-related supply shortages and our focus on emerging areas of growth, we’ve made the difficult decision to call time on the iconic hot hatch. We look forward to sharing more about the next era of our performance vehicle line-up soon,” said Rutherford.

Existing customer orders for the Fiesta ST will be supported and Ford New Zealand will continue to offer great options for performance enthusiasts.

“The Ford Mustang remains the country’s most popular sports car, and we’re preparing for the launch of the Next-Generation Ranger Raptor which sets a new performance benchmark for dual-cab utes in New Zealand,” said Rutherford.

Ford Fiesta ST owners will continue to be supported by Ford New Zealand with access to spare parts and maintenance.

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How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on www.usa2nz.co.nz. We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm also an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.

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