2021 production of the Ford Focus ST-3 was halted by the semiconductor crisis


Fewer examples of Ford’s better-equipped Focus ST-3 hot hatch will reach Australia than expected, with the shortage of semiconductors reportedly to blame.

The limited edition 2021 Ford Focus ST-3 hot hatch it will be even more limited than initially anticipated, as semiconductor constraints lead to a premature end of production of the flagship model of the pre-restoration range.

Announced in April, 200 copies of the flagship ford hot hatches were initially confirmed for a local arrival in the fourth quarter of 2021, however “supply constraints related to semiconductors” will see the ST-3 focus are below that promised figure, according to a Ford Australia spokesperson.

While Ford’s local arm could not confirm the true number of Focus ST-3 models headed to Australia in the coming months, Unit understands that the figure is between 100 and 150 vehicles, equivalent to about 50 percent of the Focus ST models sold so far in 2021, based on percentage figures previously provided by the manufacturer.

Priced at $ 47,990 before road costs, the fully loaded and automatic Focus ST-3 adds luxury features including a head-up display, updated 10-speaker B&O Play audio system, panoramic roof, multi-stage heating and electric seats. and adaptive LED headlights that use cameras to rotate the beam around corners.

These inclusions require additional semiconductors over the manual seats, fixed LED headlights, and six-speaker audio system of the $ 44,890 Focus ST-1 variant that sits underneath the ST-3, exerting additional pressure as Ford tries to shut down production of the Focus. 2021 in anticipation of the restyling of the Focus ST scheduled in Australia in April 2022.

It is unclear whether all ST-3s destined for Australia have been sold to customers – or will instead be used as showroom stock – as production from 100 to 150 units is equivalent to around 50-60 percent of all. ST Sales focus in the first half of 2021 (30% of which use six-speed manuals).

Above: Ford Focus ST from 2022.

Expected to arrive in Australia in the next three months (November, December and January), the Focus ST-3 batch will be part of the final shipment of pre-restyled Focus cars to Australia (detailed here) – including ST-Line and Active variants, which will be eliminated locally as part of the restyling.

The ST-3’s position in the range will be filled in the Focus 2022 range by the ST X, a luxury-oriented variant that adds 19-inch wheels (compared to 18-inch units on the standard Focus ST 2022), a track driving mode, and LED matrix headlights with curvature functionality similar to the ST-3 output.

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Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he opened his website, Redline. He contributed to Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing reporter on the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role in Alex’s life, from browsing auto magazines at a young age. age, to growth around vehicle performance in a car-loving family.

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