Who is your dealer Nightowl and how accurate is his info on the ST?
My dealer is Hendy Ford (The Hendy Group in 1910 became the 1st official Ford main dealer in Great Britain btw) of Fareham, Hants hedgepig.
If you think about it; Ford have released the Fiesta Zetec S at launch as it isn't all
that different from a standard Fiesta. Sure - it's
got lowered suspension, sports seats, firmer ride, etc - but it's not something that Ford had to spend valuable resources or design teams on
apart from adding the bits mentioned above as well as add a few skirts & a larger spoiler! The Fiesta was always going to be extremely popular
from launch and - as we all know - their order books are pretty full for the foreseable future.
However - as with all new cars - orders will eventually drop somewhat as other manufacturers build rival models to compete with the Fiesta.
Ford will then do what all car manufacturers do; they'll (probably) facelift the Fiesta - and bring out a sportier model to compete with "hot hatches"
from Renault (Clio), Vauxhall (Corsa VXR), Volkswagon (Polo GT in 2010), Fiat (Punto & 500 Abarth), yadaa yadda yadda.
My dealer is 100% certain that an ST Fiesta will follow next year - once the high demand for the Fiesta has "tailed off" a little. And as he said:
"Ford want to sell the Fiesta Zetec S now
- not have would-be buyers wait until next year".!
Don't shoot the messenger!