Ford Fiesta ST production increased to meet demand

Ford boosts Fiesta ST production by 15 per cent to meet high level of customer demand

The Ford Fiesta ST is proving significantly more popular than Ford had predicted, with over half of the annual production run sold just three months after its launch. 

That has led Ford to announce that it will increase production of the Fiesta ST by 15 per cent, taking the total number of cars built to 60 per day, on account of large levels of consumer demand. The UK's appetite for the ST is proving bigger than most, too, with 56 per cent of all order across Europe being made in UK Ford dealers.

Built on the same line as the standard Fiesta at the company's factory in Cologne, an annual production run of 5,000 STs is planned, and began on April 1. Ford has now sold over 3,000 of its first year allocation in the UK, meaning, as it stands, it could sell twice as many as it first thought.

• Ford Fiesta ST review

Because of the backlog of orders the waiting list currently stands at three months - taking into account a three-week summer shutdown at the factory from the last week of July onwards. So if you placed an order today, you'll be behind the wheel of your new car by the beginning of November.

The Fiesta ST undercuts its main rivals - the Renaultsport Clio and Peugeot 208 GTI - by as much as £2,000. Prices start at £16,995 for the entry-level ST 1, while another £1,000 buys you the ST 2, that comes with LED running lights, half-leather Recaro seats, climate control and keyless entry.

Ford has confirmed that 56 per cent of buyers have opted for the higher-spec ST-2. The firm has also just announced an official Mountune tuning package which costs £599, and lifts the engine's power to 212bhp.

Recommended

Best performance cars 2021
Best performance cars - header
Best cars & vans

Best performance cars 2021

We run through the top ten performance cars on sale in the UK right now
20 Jul 2021
New Ford Fiesta ST and Puma ST Mountune boast 256bhp
Ford Puma ST Mountune and Ford Fiesta ST Mountune
Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback

New Ford Fiesta ST and Puma ST Mountune boast 256bhp

British tuner Mountune has launched two new performance packs for Ford Puma ST and Mk8 Fiesta ST, with the more potent m260 boasting 256bhp
4 Jun 2021
Toyota GR Yaris vs Ford Fiesta ST Edition
Toyota GR Yaris vs Ford Fiesta ST Edition - tracking
Car group tests

Toyota GR Yaris vs Ford Fiesta ST Edition

Can the Ford Fiesta ST Edition knock the Toyota GR Yaris off its perch?
30 Jan 2021
Ford Fiesta ST - best performance cars
Ford Fiesta ST - front
Ford Fiesta ST Hatchback

Ford Fiesta ST - best performance cars

The Ford Fiesta ST cements the brand’s reputation as a reliable maker of thrilling hot hatches
8 Jan 2021

Most Popular

New Vauxhall Crossland Griffin arrives to boost SUV’s appeal
Vauxhall Crossland Griffin
Vauxhall Crossland

New Vauxhall Crossland Griffin arrives to boost SUV’s appeal

The new Vauxhall Crossland Griffin undercuts the SE on price, but adds more equipment
26 Jul 2021
New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range
Kia EV6 - front
Kia EV6

New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range

Kia reveals more specs for its bespoke electric car, with the EV6 offering long range and an 18-minute 80 per cent rapid recharge time
21 Jul 2021
New Porsche 911 Turbo hybrid spied at the Nurburgring
Porsche 911 Turbo Hybrid - front
Porsche 911

New Porsche 911 Turbo hybrid spied at the Nurburgring

Development of the first electrified 911 is well underway, with a prototype spied testing at the Nurburgring
26 Jul 2021