Ford has announced the end of the UK’s best-selling car, the Fiesta.
By the end of June next year, no more Fiestas will be produced at the manufacturer’s factory in Cologne, Germany.
The Fiesta was the UK’s best-selling car with 4,804,098 units sold, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
It surpassed the Ford Escort, the second best-selling car in the UK, with over a million sales.
The car was consistently in the top five best-selling cars and was number one between 2009 and 2020.
More than 22 million have been produced worldwide since 1976 and the model has been sold in more than 50 countries.
Since its first sale in 1976, the car has won numerous awards, including the 1978 British Design Council efficiency award and the prestigious Golden Steering Wheel award in Germany in 2002.
The popular vehicle’s withdrawal comes as Ford makes changes to its portfolio to make room for more electric cars.
Production of the S-MAX and Galaxy models will also end by April next year at Ford’s plant in Valencia, Spain.
Ford must only produce electric cars by 2030 and all vehicles it makes must be electric by 2035.
Three new electric car models and four commercial vehicles will be launched in Europe by 2024, Ford said.
The plans are part of the manufacturer’s goal to sell more than 600,000 electric vehicles in the region by 2026.
The Fiesta has unique cultural significance in the UK as it was the first car for many and a second car for many families as car ownership increased from the 1990s to the early 2000s.
The launch also coincided with the huge increase in the number of British women driving and commuting as more women went into work.