After 47 years, Ford retires the Fiesta

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The last Ford Fiesta leaves the assembly line on Friday, marking the end of an era for a model that sold 22m vehicles globally and is the UK’s all-time bestselling car.

As the final vehicle leaves production in its factory in Cologne, Germany, Ford will be ushering in a new line of electric vehicles.

Ford said: “At Ford in Europe, we are rapidly transitioning to an electric future.

“As part of this transition, production of the Fiesta in Cologne, Germany, will be discontinued on 7 July, and a new era at the Cologne electric vehicle centre will begin.”

The fate of its final two Fiestas will not be in customers’ hands as one will remain in Germany while the other will enter the carmaker’s UK heritage collection.

Ford’s move to electric cars will be replicated as the 2030 ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars approaches, predicted Erin Baker, the editorial director of the online vehicle trading marketplace AutoTrader. “I think the end of the Ford Fiesta paves the way for what is likely to happen across the board as we head towards electrification and the 2030 cut-off,” she said.

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