The 6-millionth Fiesta has been produced at the Niehl Assembly Plant, 31 years after the first one left the assembly line in Cologne in October 1979. The model, a three-door Vision Blue Sport edition is destined for a German customer.
The first Fiesta was built in Valencia, Spain in 1976, where the latest-generation model continues to be built. From 1976 until 2002, the Fiesta was also built at Ford's Dagenham plant in the UK and between 1976 and 1980 at the Saarlouis plant in Germany.
Since Fiesta production began in Europe in 1976, the car has sold over 13m units.
Around 4,300 employees are currently producing 1,885 Fiesta and Fusion models daily in a flexible three-shift-system at the Niehl site. In 2009, the plant manufactured 406,200 cars in total – 350,500 Fiestas and 55,700 Fusions. Approximately 80% of the plant's total vehicle production is exported.
"The Fiesta's success speaks for itself. Its innovative design combined with state-of-the-art technology continues to be a great hit with customers," said Ken Macfarlane, vice president, manufacturing, Ford of Europe. "To achieve six million units of production is a great milestone for Niehl, and one that everyone at the plant should be justly proud of achieving."
Niehl production of the latest-generation Fiesta started in August 2008. Only 18 months after its debut, more than 750,000 customers have purchased the new model around the world, with more than 670,000 cars being sold in Europe.