The Ford Fiesta could be discontinued as early as next year because it will not get an electric successor, a report has claimed.
The Puma is the third-best-selling model in the UK so far this year, trailing only the Nissan Qashqai and the Corsa, in that order.
Meanwhile, the Fiesta does not feature in the top 10 best-sellers to date, despite a recent facelift, and it was speculated earlier this year that Ford earns more from Lego licensing deals than the hatchback.
This trend is mirrored in Europe: according to data from JATO Dynamics, Fiesta sales by the end of August were down 45% compared with 2021 levels, at 38,911 units.
Meanwhile, Puma sales were down 14% compared with the same point in 2021, at 90,893 units.
In August alone, the Puma placed 12th for European sales, with 9891 examples leaving showrooms. The Fiesta failed to place in the top 50, at just 2735 units.
Autocar understands that an official announcement regarding the Fiesta’s future is imminent.
Ford said in a statement: “We are accelerating our efforts to go all-in on electrification and therefore review our vehicle portfolio in line with our business strategy.
“We do not comment on speculation and will share more information in the coming months.”