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It Looks Like the Ford Fiesta ST is Indeed Dead in the United States

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WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon is well known among fans for his on-screen persona—a hopped-up, swagger-walking version of the man himself who goes only by the title Mr. McMahon. Signaling his arrival whenever he appears on television is his legendary theme song, which centers around the idea of one having no chance—specifically, no chance in Hell.

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It is with that note in mind that we turn sadly in the direction of the Ford Fiesta ST. Rumor seems to be that Ford will not have its next-generation Fiesta make the leap across the Atlantic for the American market, but there has been some hope that at least the high-performance Fiesta ST would be the exception. Welp, Ford Performance of Europe Director Leo Roeks spoke with CarBuzz about the possibility and his response was something pretty similar to the refrain in Mr. McMahon’s theme song.

Said Roeks, “It’s simply a matter of a lack of interest in the B-segment in America. It doesn’t make sense, nor is it possible financially speaking, to import a single trim level, and a niche one at that.”

So that’s a no, then.

Roeks expressed his pride in the new Fiesta ST’s 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, which is smaller yet both more powerful and efficient than the outgoing Fiesta ST’s 1.6-liter four-cylinder. He also shot down the idea of an AWD Fiesta ST, saying that it would change the whole thing (in fairness, that would make it closer to something like a Fiesta RS, which is something we also know isn’t happening any time soon).

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But the confirmation that the United States will be losing the Fiesta ST for good is an automotive tragedy. Here’s hoping that something someday changes and that the Fiesta ST makes an appearance in America again, not unlike a surprise return from a wrestler who has been on the shelf with an injury.

News Source: CarBuzz


  • vbondjr1

    Honestly, who cares about the Fiesta, let alone the Fiesta ST. Ford should really offer two cars, the Mustang and a RWD based sedan off of a modified S550 chassis or the upcoming S650 Mustang chassis. As far as SUVs go, the Explorer, the Bronco and the Expedition should really be all there is, as far as trucks go, the Ranger, the F150 and the Super Duty pickups are all that’s needed. If ford were to do that, and then with Lincoln, make the line up a new S550 or S650 chassis small/midsize coupe & sedan, a Lincoln continental coupe and sedan, the Aviator and the Navigator, they would have all of their bases covered.

    • dariusx

      I think the people who care are people seeking lightweight, inexpensive, cheap to run, relatively reliable hatchback that is arguably the best handling front driver sold in America…not everybody needs or wants a 300+ HP, 35k, RWD two door pony car.