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The Fiesta ST and Focus ST are unwitting victims of semiconductor shortages and Ford Australia’s move to concentrate on growth segments such as SUVs and electric vehicles.
Ford says it will still have limited numbers of the hot hatches still appearing in dealerships, with 40 Focus ST vehicles due to arrive soon without an existing buyer.
The Ford Focus ST is one of the most powerful mainstream hot hatches on sale. It’s 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo engine develops 206kW and 420Nm, sent to the front wheels by either a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed automatic.
The Fiesta ST is a performance heavyweight in the light car segment, using a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo engine to deliver an entertaining 147kW/320Nm.
Ford Australia chief executive officer, Andrew Birkic, describes the duo as “segment-defining hot hatches” (no surprise given the Fiesta ST can trace its lineage back to the Fiesta XR2 of 1981).
“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 these iconic hot hatches in Australia. We look forward to sharing more about the next era of our performance vehicle line-up soon,” Birkic said.
Ford already has the country’s top-selling sports car in the form of the Mustang and details on the new model are expected in the coming weeks. The company is also touting the performance prowess of the soon-to-launch Ranger Raptor four-door ute.
The demise of the Ford Fiesta and Focus leaves local hot hatch enthusiasts with just a handful of choices.