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Ford Australia has confirmed it will end local vehicle production in October 2016, signalling the death of the Ford Falcon and Territory and the loss of 1200 Victorian jobs.

Ford Australia president and CEO Bob Graziano said rapidly declining sales of the Falcon large car and the increasingly challenging economic conditions of the Australian market forced the decision to wind down the company’s local manufacturing operations.

“Given the fragmented marketplace and the low model volumes that result, we decided that manufacturing locally is no longer viable,” Graziano said.

“The decision we announced today was not made lightly and we understand the very real impact that this will have on our team. We came to this conclusion only after thoroughly reviewing our business and exhausting all other alternatives.”

The revelation from Graziano followed the announcement of a $141 million loss for Ford Australia in the 2012 financial year, contributing to losses of more than $600 million over the past five years.

The CEO said approximately 650 jobs will go from the Broadmeadows assembly plant and roughly 510 from the Geelong engine plant when production ceases in roughly three and a half years’ time.

While Ford Australia plans to make every attempt to find new employment for the redundant workers, Graziano admitted “opportunities will be limited” within the import-only organisation.

“We know this announcement is very difficult, especially for our employees,” he said. “Providing support to those in our team whose roles will be affected is a key priority for us during this three-year transition period.”

He promised Ford Australia was committed to looking after its outgoing workers, confirming that they will receive the full entitlements of their current employment agreements when the wind down occurs in 2016.

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Graziano insisted Ford would continue to have a strong presence in Australia beyond the plant closures, stating its commitment to enduring as a centre for excellence in product development as part of the global Ford Motor Company network, with 1500 workers to remain employed in non-manufacturing roles.

Graziano said Ford Australia would forge ahead with its plans to update the Falcon, Falcon Ute and Territory in 2014, adding that they will be the best vehicles ever produced by Ford in this country.

“Ford vehicles have been part of the automotive landscape in Australia for almost 110 years and we have manufactured here since 1925. We are proud of that history. We are proud of our role in Australia and we haven’t made this decision lightly,” he said.

“Overall, we are changing, but our commitment to Australia remains strong. We’ll move through this transition and continue to be a vibrant and strong part of the Australian driving experience.”

He admitted, however, that the Falcon name was inextricably linked to local manufacturing, and would therefore be retired in 2016 after 56 years.

Graziano would not comment on the future of the company’s in-house sports car division, Ford Performance Vehicles, although the low-volume Falcon-based manufacturer is expected to close its doors alongside Ford Australia’s manufacturing plants.

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The CEO was insistent that Ford had taken every possible step to make a sustainable business case for local vehicle manufacturing before reaching its decision.

“Despite these efforts, our locally made products continue to be unprofitable while our imported products are profitable,” Graziano said.

“In a search to improve scale and competitiveness, we’ve explored what export opportunities might be available to us, but we are still faced with the fact that our cost structure in Australia remained uncompetitive. Our costs are double that of Europe and nearly four times Ford in Asia.

“We also modelled some pretty aggressive assumptions about government support and labour costs, some of which we did not think would be palatable to any government or the Australian taxpayers, but we did not want to leave any stone unturned.

“Even with these assumptions, the business case simply did not stack up, leading us to the conclusion that manufacturing in Australia is not viable for Ford in the long term.

“Although parts of it are difficult, this transformation will allow us to better align our products and services with what our customers want, and for us to continue to be successful here in Australia.”

He said part of Ford’s commitment to Australia was to strengthen its range of imported vehicles, revealing plans to increase by 30 per cent the number of new vehicles offered to Australian customers by 2016.

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Falcon sales have been in steady decline for the past decade. Ford sold 95,967 locally manufactured large cars across the country in 2003 (including Falcon sedan, wagon and ute variants and long-wheelbase Fairlane and LTD models) – representing more than three quarters of the brand’s total sales.

Last year, it sold just 19,769 Falcon sedans and utes (the other variants were discontinued last decade), accounting for slightly more than one-fifth of its total sales.

The one bright light for Ford Australia has been the Territory SUV, which last year overtook the Falcon sedan with 14,646 sales, up 5.6 per cent on the previous year, though its modest increase means little in the context of the company’s dire position.


  • Zaccy16

    This is terrible news for Geelong and broad meadows

    • D-Day

      Absolutely huge news today, there is going to be a lot off fall-out from this and the bloody Labor Government in this country who keep sprouting “jobs, jobs, jobs” need to be answerable !!!!

      • Zaccy16

        i agree, they will have an excuse again

      • …..123

        Why does the Australian government always have to be answerable?? It seems Australian society has developed a cultural attitude that the government is responsible for all shortcomings experienced within the nation. To put it simply, they are not. Seriously, we are paralleling the British society of the 1970s – dependent on the government and relying on them for all the answers and solutions. What more can they do? No matter what political party is in government, the options to sustain the industry have been exhausted, with resources needing to be directed towards industries that offer future growth. In regards to being answerable, what about Ford Australia themselves? For example, they’re offering a Falcon that, in terms of the exterior, is nearly identical to the BA they released in 2002. They cut lineups, including the wagon, that were desired by families but in need of desperate overhauls. The reason Ford Australia’s manufacturing commitment has terminated is because of their own stagnant response to updating the Falcon and offering potentially better, and locally manufactured, vehicles. What about the local production of the Focus? That would have been a smart move. From a business, marketing and accounting perspective, the team at Ford Australia has failed and are now paying the price.

        • JoeR_AUS

          When you have a spare minute look at what Korean government has done since the 1970 for the automotive industry. We have no vision in this country. We export our ore and steel to China and now GM is going to build 4 new factories there. If the government sat down and planned to make a global payer in Australia, we could have the factories here producing over 100,000 cars a month. Off course this means a commitment to be a major player in the world. We squander away the post GFC stimulus, 50 Billion and another 90 Billion on the NBN, yet for all this money were is the investment that will make revenue return to the government and income for manufacturing and services? No where. We can no longer hide on the south of the Equator and watch the world go by.

          • Sumpguard

            You read too much BS @News Ltd JoeR. The $90 billion figure was published by them and exposed as a lie by experts in the field across many sectors. ! I’ve agreed on a lot of what you’ve written in these blogs today but this post above is absolute rot!!

            If you actually took the time (more than the spare minute you spruik) to do some credible research before posting you’d know south Korean spent massive money upgrading their broadband in order to do all the things you are patting them on the back for. They themselves credit their early investment in super fast broadband as the reason for their phenomenal growth!

          • JoeR_AUS

            Miss the point for the NBN and how much it really costs, who cares! Does not change anything. England has no resources and no energy and that’s why we are here as some people think like there in England.

          • Sumpguard

            Like you said England has no resources.

          • Cars

            So where is the Cost Benefit Analysis? No surprise that Labor don’t have one. Labor’s NBN is overpriced and behind in delivery. What it offers over the Coalitions’ alternative is miniscule when compared to the massive cost.

            I’d like really really fast broadband so I can watch 5 movies at the same time and I’ll sell my kid’s tax future into debt to get it.
            - yeah…right…
            Bring on September

          • Golfschwein

            No. What it offers over the Coalition alternative is absolutely massive. Do some research like I’ve done, instead of peddling the party line. It’s massive for industry, massive for the country’s future. It’s like comparing a carbon wheel with a wooden spoke one. But the wooden spoke one will likely get a reprieve come September, sadly. Lib people never do full picture. It’s just stop the boats and stop the taxes. And speaking of taxes, the dreaded carbon tax will go (if it can be wound back, for which Tony Abbot will have to speak terribly nicely to Christine Milne, and I already have a tiny inkling of how far she’s gonna tell him to jump) and the paid maternity leave comes in. Has ANYBODY given thought to how both are funded and seen the similarities?

          • $29896495

            Very true, plus with coalition policy, they’ll stop it at street corners, meaning copper to house and business NO benefit and you retain the ongoing and escalating failure rate due to corrosion etc. A simple minded approach, just for the sake of being different, which won’t work. Once you hit copper your speed and capacity is restricted, making it a pointless exercise.

          • Sumpguard

            I have!

          • Cars

            Rubbish. And industry that stands to benefit from it will pay the price to have the connection from the node to their premises. Have a look at Get Y. They are mobile. Gen Z, A , B ect. will all be connected by mobile, wireless technology so they don’t need to “dialup” when they leave home. The wireless spectrum is in it’s infancy.

            Stopping the boats? Like Labor’s solution is any better – in that regard they are both culpable.

            You ask about funding? Labor now has NDIS and Gonski to pay for on top of the NBN blowout. The carbon tax reverse will only be a matter of time. The Senate won’t be left leaning forever. Having said that, I’m not convinced the reversal is really worth the coalitions efforts.

          • Golfschwein

            HOW DARE they look after people with disabilities and education needs!

          • Cars

            Strawman. I’m all for Gonski and NDIS. I’m not for robbing money from Higher Ed to pay for it when the NBN could be scaled back to pay for it.

          • Sumpguard

            “What it offers over the coalition’s alternative is miniscule”?
            You have just shown everyone in here you have no idea what you are talking about. The labor version can be upgraded to 1000mbps. The LNP version will be stuck at 50 mbps maximum until it goes FTTH . That’s 20 times slower! At the rate technology is advancing it will be needed within 20 year whilst Abbott and Turnball are still using two cups with a piece of string between them!!
            Miniscule? GOLD!!!!! You’re not very bright.

          • Cars

            Sump you are very arrogant. Prove to me that the extra speed of Labor’s NBN, to the home will result in more profitability for Australian Commerce and Businesses.
            Prove it. That’s all I ask. Until then your comments stand for naught, 0, Zip.
            C’mon – you are so righteous sounding surely you must have facts to prove your argument. So do it. Prove Labor’s NBN will be better for Austalia’s Commerce and Business by putting a fiber to everyone’s home.

          • $29896495

            You can’t educate the simple minded SG. The fact that people are turn away from outright mobile solutions because of speed and reliability issue, that a great many people are working from home, either for themselves or big business, that people, in general want more reliability. Not to mention the real medical benefits. Some people would, like the Lib governments before, like to sell off all the revenue creating business to make false surpluses, then try and get more money by raising taxes.

            Why not let mining companies dig OUR resources and make money and pay no resource tax. How the f**k do you think the arab countries make money from oil when foreign companies pump it out of the ground. (The government controls it) Shell and the rest haven’t walked away because they have to pay the piper. Neither will the mining giants, it’s how they make their money, they simply are greedy and want more, which means not paying for those resources and the libs want to let them. Selling off the countries most valuable revenue stream.

          • Sumpguard

            You’re right. You can’t educate them which is why this is my last response to CARS. Every IT expert in the country as well as ALL big business , health care professionals and education want the ALP’s version of the NBN despite the cost. So do 76% of voters despite many of them intending to vote for the LNP .

            That this fool is calling me arrogant for keeping up to date on the issue where he clearly hasn’t merely illustrates just how blinded the rusted on News LTD/ Alan Jones fan boys have become.

            I’m righteous how exactly? Because I haven’t been sucked into the spin and don’t support your view? Even Turnball doesn’t believe his own rot about the NBN and is being pushed to say otherwise by the backroom boys .He’s an intelligent man and should be the LNP’s leader.

            Go do your own research you lazy gronk! Start in South Korea ;) They have the speed the ALP plan will allow for!!

            Your response is school boy stuff where you can’t win so you resort to a little tanty. Naught ,0 ,Zip….WTF? Who does that?

            ….and yeah Rinehart is worth $22 billion. Of course she is going to walk away LOL. She clearly isn’t paying enough tax!!!

          • Cars

            South Korea has over twice Australia’s population in an area that is 77 times smaller than Australia. That argument is skewed beyond comprehension to all except the one-eyed ignorant. I guess that explains where you fit.
            You accuse me of having a “tanty”.
            “Gronk” “Fool”. I call hypocrite.
            So I ask again. Prove Labor’s NBN will be better for Austalia’s Commerce and Business by putting a fiber to everyone’s home.

            Bueller……Bueller……Bueller……

          • Daniel D

            Wheres mining the country of its non renewable resources and selling it for cents in the dollar is perfectly fine? I mean why would our grand kids want minerals, I.T. or a manufacturing base for?

            NBN is about building infrastructure and investing for the future. Something the Liberals long forgot about. Remember they sold Telstra which created the whole mess in the first place.

          • $29896495

            Not only that but here in this country as in others the copper virtually is in ongoing meltdown. The NBN is essentially replacing that copper network which should have been done when Optus came on the scene and wanted to do it but Telstra wanted to keep them out so insisted they run their own lines. All back self interest. As Telstra had no interest in doing the right thing it’s come down to the government to do it. The annoying thing about it now is that telstra will have virtually free access to those new lines.

            Bottom line is that most thinking people and people i business realise we need the NBN and can’t wait to get their hands on it. Naysayers are in a very SMALL minority now.

          • Cars

            So the truth is you are upset with Telstra’s monopoly. So the government should have bought Telstra back instead of trying to rob Telstra shareholders.

        • wxthree

          Too true, Ford just haven’t been willing to give us that little bit more that makes the difference, the diesel Territory came way too late, diesel Falcon was a no brainer and a no show altogether and the pricing was nowhere near competitive, at least Holden finally worked that out.

          • Cars

            The Focus is too expensive and it’s camade here. The Territory, although a great vehicle cost more that $10,000 than it’s direct competitors without offering much advantage. Falcon another good vehicle but didn’t offer much over the competition and was also overpriced. Ford never could boast value.

    • docmartin

      Should we expect an increase in crimes in Geelong and Broadmeadows, just like what happened in Detroit when car manufacturing suffered?

    • Sumpguard

      35 people agreed Zaccy . Yet despite no swearing and stating the obvious my comment was removed. You have spent the last 3 months since CA’s first announcement on the VF describing it chintzy, canning everything about it despite never having driven it .So my comment was appropriate despite your big back pedal down the page.

      So why was it removed CA?

      • Zaccy16

        that is my opinion on the commodore sumpguard and this is the point of these blogs is to state your opinion

        • Sumpguard

          Based on ignorance. You haven’t driven the car.

          • john

            You don’t have to eat Mcdonalds to know it is a pile of worthless garbage. Same goes with the crappydore and falcon!

          • Zaccy16

            im still amazed sumpguard that you know what i do and don’t do, i have driven three versions of the ve commodore and IMO have felt they are sub par cars specially when compared to its main rival the falcon, i have driven a sv6 when it came out in 2006, i have driven my uncles hopeless omega sidi 3.0 and just recently for work a manual sv6 (which out of the three mentioned is the best)

          • Sumpguard

            Your spray in the past 3 months has been about a car you have NOT even driven, The VF. Even the media who drove it today won’t be commenting on it until May 30th yet you already claim to know everything about it.

          • Zaccy16

            sumpguard the VF runs the same core drivetrain as the VE so as having experienced the VE if the VF drives the same as it its a fail!

          • Dave T

            The EL Falcon ran the same core drivetrain as an EA falcon too but i bet those two cars didnt drive the same??

          • Sumpguard

            Please don’t baffle him with common sense Dave!

          • Sumpguard

            Again based on your extensive knowledge of the VF after your test drive. On your logic we can expect plenty of failing DSG’s in the new golf then too !! Idiot….

  • Exar Kun

    Very sad news. What does this mean for suppliers too? I guess everything Holden and Toyota need will be coming from offshore.

  • Anuj

    And so it begins…………..wonder that this means for Aussie car manufacturing in the long run……………this cant be good……..

    • JooberJCW

      The problem with the falcon, territory etc its not exported. Toyota exports its cars as well as holden with its commodore. Also to highlight australia’s auto market has become very diverse in recent years offering more choice. With more global exposure, consumers catch on to european/asian cars more. Ford cannot use the falcon to say this is the car for australians as a credible stance

      • Anuj

        Fair point but the senior execs knew how the company would run……..so……instead of taking in 6 figure salaries, they could actually position the brand to ensure survivability. The big heads and the unions are responsible for this failure, not the GOVT. They cant export the product because there is no demand, they simply did not future proof the brand’s manufacturing credentials in AUS.

    • gdg

      And so it begins…?

      Are you talking about the slump in sales? That began about a decade ago. Or are you talking about the closure of Australian car production? That also began decades ago with Nissan etc closing down but at the very least it would’ve began with Mitsubishi a few years ago.

      • Anuj

        I should rephrase- and so it continues- referring to the demise of auto manufacturing in AUS.

  • Poison_Eagle

    Please make the 2014 refresh something special, let it go out on a high note. Fix the seat height/steering column. Fix the interior plastics and electronics.
    Ford’s Australian cars were what made me an enthusiast.
    Its a real shame it has come to this. If they put their heart and soul into making the final model memorable and accomplished then I will be happy to buy one.

    • Buckles

      Josh Dowling is (typically, already) saying the 2014 Falcon is dead. I’ve heard differently but I hope it’s not true.

      • Paul

        Josh Dowling and his mates are nearly finished their job – killing off all Australian-made cars. The newspaper press own this problem as much as the manufacturer – continually bagging out Aussie cars. The rest of the issue is the iPhone generation who now want something completely new every year.

        • Buckles

          2014 Falcon confirmed. Dowling can eat his words…jumped. The gun again…

          • Anuj

            You know i think if they keep the current shape till 2016 it will help the resale value of the people that did support them by buying the current falcons and Territory….a new car with a 2 year cycle doesn’t make sense. On the other hand the emotional appeal to end with a band is something i can appreciate and I get where everyone is coming from.

          • Poison_Eagle

            It’s already getting a 6 year life cycle, which is extraordinary by car standards -eclipsed only by the VE and HQ (I think). The VL Commodore had a 2 year life cycle, extensively reworked and look at it’s cult stauts now.

          • Sumpguard

            Ford have said they will be doing next years falcon and going out in style. I suspect they are well down that path already and it’s been signed off. A last hoorah. I personally think they’ll be doing it.

        • ghs

          Neither the media or ‘iphone generation’ is the problem.

          People wouldn’t bag out the car if it didn’t have so many problems and the basic design was what people actually wanted. Toyota’s cars sometimes get bagged out in reviews by the media yet they still sell as they’re still providing the basics that people want like reasonable size, practicality, quality and running costs. Most general consumers aren’t interested in 4.0 engine performance & consumption, nor do they want a 4.9 metre/1700kg sized car unless it’s either a premium luxury car or has wagon practicality and/or 7 seats.

          As for the people who want a something new every years, Mazda3 is about the same age as the FG falcoon, no problems with sales there. Crapolla & i30 were selling well right up to the end of their last shape generaiton, of which was older than the FG. Besides, when the new Fg falcoone replaced the old BF model, sales continued declining, there was no jump in sales at all of people wanting the new model.

      • JooberJCW

        With that saying will thry continue to make the current shape all the way to 2016??

        • Buckles

          2014 Falcon is locked in. It’s happening regardless of today’s announcement.

        • Anuj

          They will update it next year for a two year cycle, god knows why…….just use the current shape and update features to maintain resale.

      • pro346

        Dowling is a clown just does it for the attention

        • Poison_Eagle

          Yes he’s a real piece of work. While he isn’t responsible for this, he fanned the flames and is no better than a 2 bit ACA/ Today Tonight journo.

          • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ Alborz Fallah

            Folks, please do not insult individuals via comments. Mr Dowling may work for our competitor and have his own views on the matter, but that does not justify insults.

          • Hung Low

            Lets pick on some other Falcon basher..Toby Hagon?

          • Adam

            Ah yes it does. He puts himself out there so it is expected there will be some backlash. What happened to free speech??

          • Cars

            I would imagine there is a fine line between free speech and libel. While CA may not have done anything wrong and would likely win any legal action, it’s not going to make their lives any easier if said individual decides to sue and drag them through the courts.

          • Daniel D

            Free speech is an American right under their constitution, we have do not have that in Australia.

          • $29896495

            That’s correct. No such thing in this country.

          • $29896495

            All fair comments considering. If you are going to spend your professional time doing a hatchet job on brands or types of cars, you deserve those sort of comments.

    • Monk

      They’ll never fix those issues in the remaining time.
      Bugger the rest of it – just turn the s/c upto 11, bolt on some nice suspension, brakes and wider rubber and give us the GTHO we have begged for for 40 years – a real last hurrah!

  • Loki556

    Good bye Falcon.

    Two points –

    1. This was inevitable, Holden and Toyota will follow. Could have a positive effect on the prices of cars in Aus, but I wouldnt hold my breath.
    2. Seems like Aus dollar will stay high just long enough to kill of manufacturing before sliding together with mining activity. Double whammy for Australian Economy. We are headed for some very rough seas and we have no captain capable of guiding the ship!

    • The Salesman

      Agreed. Plus side? Drop import tariffs no longer needed to protect local manufacturers.

      • Kampfer

        What import tariffs?

      • JoeR_AUS

        At 5% not a issue but wait till the GST or income tax levels are raised as the government needs to increase their revenue. In the end we will pay.

    • JoeR_AUS

      Perhaps now is the time that governments govern for Australia and not minority groups to get them over the election line. With 8 million workers, 4 million on social welfare and 23 million people we need to grow Australia private industries so they offer more jobs, more taxes as we cannot do it with service industries only.

  • pro346

    Very sad news…when’s the last time you seen an ad on TV for a falcon?

    • Sonic

      I agree. I’ve seen a rubbish ad with some ditsy girl talking about a shoe compartment in her Fiesta, and a woman talking about the ride-height of the Territory. They are easily the worst ads on TV… But at least they were advertised in the first place, unlike the Falcon. Ford marketing haven’t done themselves any favours.

      • amlohac

        Worst ads you have seen, yet, you remember them and what they are for. This means, even though they are terrible, they have been effective in getting you to notice the brand and the vehicles and have you talk about it on the internet. Ford wins.
        But I do agree that “shoe” ad is just silly.

        • Karl Sass

          A car enthusiast interested in Australian cars isn’t typical of the mainstream new car buyer.

  • JoeR_AUS

    This is terrible news for Australia.

    We cannot just be public servants and work in service industries only. No wonder the government talks about raising the GST, it seems to be the only way they can increase there revenue, they cannot grow anything except our debt!

  • Phil

    Sad but inevitable. I felt the day Ford decided they would not build the Focus here was the date they gave up on local manufacture. Just been biding time ever since.

    It’s probably a wise move for Ford, given the experience of Nissan and Mitsubishi, but I do wonder how much Aussie engineering influence on the products we get will remain.

    • JoeR_AUS

      True but the opportunity for the government to pull in the Unions and Ford and do what ever was needed to make it happen was the problem. Hand outs seem to be the only method applied to everything.

      • Phil

        The govt and the AMWU have been pushing hard. In the end though, it was mostly Ford’s money and Ford’s decision. Ford’s global car strategy was never going to allow our unique models to continue.

        • JoeR_AUS

          True but the Focus assemble line could be here and we could also manufacture Ecoboost engines locally but as part of the One Ford program.

  • pro346

    Poor service from dealerships and appallingly bad marketing has a lot to do with it…the cars are really good.

    • Sydlocal

      Couldn’t have said it better myself…

  • laurie

    Maybe the trade union will donate to keep Ford here? like pigs it’s they that had a part in all of this that is happening unrealistic demands placed on Ford

    • $29896495

      That is rubbish. Ford made the wrong choice back when this falcon was build by stretching it to the size of a fairlane, which is why that car was dropped. Bottom line around the world people are shying away from these types of cars. Hence low sales. Ford set themselves on this course, NOBODY ELSE!

      • save it for the track

        I just read a report that says in the US, people are starting to move BACK to large sedans as the SUVs/4WDs are more expensive to run…..

        • gfdg

          Did that report actually look at any sales figures? The best selling large sedan in the USA last month was the USA fleet special Impala in 21st place. The top seller by a huge margin remained the Ford F series.

  • Rick

    This is terrible news I have been a long time supporter of Aussie cars . But there is an upside for ford their sales will increase from 2017 when all those people who have to have imported cars will be able to from ford . As for me I guess I’ll buy a commodore ute . This will be good news for Holden

    • $38170612

      This won’t be good news for Holden. Holden needs Ford for the parts industry in Australia to be viable. Without Ford the parts manufacturers will collapse and Holden will be forced to trying and source them from overseas, which won’t fit in with their ‘just in time’ buying strategy.

      • Sydlocal

        …Toyota use local parts suppliers too. Plus some of them even export products overseas. This will still make it hard for many of them though. Also Holden already sources quite a few components from overseas, to the point where even most Toyota models built here have more Australian made content that both the Cruze and the Commodore.

        It is a sad day, not for Ford, but for all the workers…

  • Gan Tan

    Drove a new falcon the other day. Appalling fit and finish. Drove like a boat, hard to park cause of its size, sedan shape not practical. Any wonders Falcon and (soon) Commodore will die.

    Sucks to be a worker, but I’m sure they’ll get nice packages and retraining.

    • JoeR_AUS

      reminds me off a Mazda 6

      • Gan Tan

        The Mazda 6 sedan, yes exactly. Just about any sedan shape is useless and Ford should’ve been bold and turned the sedan into a hatch back shape. That way if you ditch the wagon at least you have degree of practicality

        • Rocket

          Focus and Mondeo are hatchback and lift back so they already have this covered.

    • pro346

      Are you sure you actually drove one? The latest falcon is great to drive much better than an suv….I also drove an imported suv it was an ix35 slow ugly and not practical give me a falcon or commodore anyday

    • Rick

      If you can’t park I’d suggest driving lessons , it’s size is within a couple on cm of a Mazda 6 , mondeo etc. drives like a boat , I can lap my XR6t ute around eastern creek and Wakefield as quick as I could the wife’s 2010 wrx sti . The fit and finish on the interior isn’t great but it’s better that our old 200series land cruiser

      • JoeR_AUS

        small point the Mazda 6 is longer than a Falcon

        • amlohac

          Ha not by a whole lot though but you’re correct.

    • Don Quay

      I doubt you have ever driven one. Either that or you have no idea what you are talking about. If you can’t park a car, you shouldn’t be driving. I have had many FG Falcons as hire cars from Avis and Hertz and I can tell you the driving is very good. Ride, steering and handling is a good or better than any other large car. Very roomy front and rear and the economy cruising is excellent. Sure the fit and finish is not to Lexus standard, but you are wrong to claim it is appalling. The last one I had was a G6E and the only thing I could find wrong was the carpet was a little loose around the seat runners. Everything else was perfectly fitted. The trim was aligned, the controls all worked with excellent feel and the drivetrain is excellent. The only significant problem with the Falcon is that the seat is too high and the wheel too low. hopefully they will attend to that in the update.
      Don’t be such a troll and check your facts before making such ill founded statements. Tell us what you drive or are you waiting to until your old enough to get your L plates?

      • Rick

        L plates lo , that explains why they can’t park hahaha

    • barry

      Falcon doesn’t have the best finished interior.The drive quality is outstanding,rwd,zf6,i16.

    • Cobrajet

      If the Falcon was fitted the active park assist of the Focus it can park itself. Hopefully they would add this for 2014 but its too late anyway.

  • René S

    So, the updated 2014 Falcon will only be in production for two years? Seems like a waste having an update!

    • Anuj

      THIS! why bother……rather add more features to the current model and leave it at that………

      • Buckles

        No way- a last hurrah for the Falcon- make the best one yet. There’s a lot they can still do…..

  • Don Quay

    I reckon that I will now have to seriously consider buying a G6E Turbo or XR6 Turbo after the update, probably in 2015. You will never see another car in Australia with the performance, space and dynamic quality for the price. Like earlier Australian muscle cars, early Falcon GT, Charger E49 and Monaro GTS327/350 and so on, they will become classics. Probably not as rare as those, but regardless of that, worthwhile hanging onto them.

    • heckler

      Do it. You will not regret the decision.
      I’ve had mine since 2009 and it is always a great feeling when you push that accelerator.
      I’m definitely never going to sell mine.
      Will park it after 300k -400k and just drive on weekends.

  • ghs

    I expect they’ll actually close down earlier than Oct 2016. Another 3 years 5 months is a long time to keep losing money.

    • $38170612

      It will probably cost them more money to cancel contracts, and pay back the Government for not fulfilling their commitments than it would to keep if going for another 3 years. I wouldn’t expect the planned update to the car though.

  • $29896495

    What’s up with the moderation GOT YOUR SETTINGS A BIT SENSITIVE THERE CA!!??

    • ghs

      Not sensitive enough unfortunately.

  • Trickster

    It ‘s sad day but it’s been coming for a while.
    .It’s the manufacturers fault (both Ford & Holden) as they didn’t move with the
    times and build cars people want – small, medium and large SUVs. Ford did
    the Territory but its stayed basically the same since 2004 – it took them 6
    years to put a diesel motor into it and even that’s old technology too.

    In 10 years time small/medium SUVs
    (which look like the Landrover Evoque) will be everywhere – just wait for the
    wave of them to hit in 1 to 3 years time. Ford/Holden would have known
    that SUVs would have been big 8-10 years ago but did nothing – no diesel engines,
    no small/medium SUVs, hopeless. You’ll also find the Ford/GM heads in Detroit
    also knew this too and have been restricting money/design to slowly force the
    AUS factory closures.

    The AUS car industry is finished now as there won’t be
    enough cars being built in AUS to keep all the local suppliers going – if they
    are going to import the parts why not build the cars where the parts come from,
    ie Asia/China where labour is cheap.

    Holden will stop the local Commodore in 2016-17 and the
    Cruze will probably last another year or so past that. Then the Commodore
    and Cruze replacements will be imported – from the US and Thailand no doubt.

    That just leaves Toyota who will also be affected by
    no local suppliers and shut before 2020, again why build them here with such
    high labour costs if our neighbours can do it for 20% less – again from Thailand.

    I feel sorry for the Blue Collar workers who won’t
    have jobs now.

  • Jac

    Sad day…All went down hill with EL GT…
    G6E was in the right place.

  • LeStori

    And where are they going to source their cars ? ..probably Thailand.

    The free trade agreement between Australia and Thailand is working…exporting cars to Australiaa and Jobs to Thailand.
    ‘Smart’ Aussies screw themselves again.

    Meanwhile Fords’ strong presence’ will fade to a wimper. Their imports especially from Thailand are not that exciting compared to other imports. They make better cars in Europe and even worse in the ‘good old’ US of A.

  • dru

    This sucks

  • barry

    Falcon with the best 6cyl engine.Also the most advanced LPG system in the world,hmmm.

    Loosing 600 million in 5 years,sadly Ford has no choice.Globalisation,free trade ,carbon tax,liveable wages,high AU$,360 MODELS AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET TODAY.
    Why should I have a clue,the Australian Government doesn’t.

  • falcodore

    Geoff Polites will be rolling in his grave. : (

  • Joseph Meade

    I am genuinely upset at the fact that local manufacture is going down the drain. Australians make the best cars for Australian conditions, that is fact. These cars are designed, engineered and built here, by Australian people. (No one jump in with a smart comment about opel being the father of the commodore up until ve, because even though the platform was developed by opel, a lot of separate engineering work goes in to modify the base platform to suit us). FordAU’s parent company in the us made the worst decision I believe it could have done when instead of making the focus locally, it developed the ecoboost. What a reckless decision that was. It didn’t work for holden in 1982 during the oil crisis, and it doesn’t work now. Australian vehicle manufacture employs 100′s of thousands of people. Those who work in parts, assembly, service, sales, PR, design and engineering. The holden developed Zeta platform is whats under the Chevrolet Camaro, one of the best handling cars the us has ever made. and why? because it was Australians who developed it. Why is the new ford ranger the best in class? Because all its engineering work was done by ford Australia. We have talent in this country and its about time the world noticed.

    All this talk of ending the commodore line after falcon shouldn’t scare us too much however as it has all happened before. Sales of the kingswood started to dip, so holden started manufacturing a smaller car, and ended the H-body line. Commodore sales are starting to dip now, so holden builds the cruze in order to offset those losses in sales.

    Australians need to start buying Australian cars. Never before has there been better value Australian cars, that are leaders of their respective classes. Never before has there been a better time to buy Australian made.

    Support the Australian Economy, buy us a future, AND BUY AUSTRALIAN!

    end rant, cheers guys

    • ghs

      Australian conditions? What is that? Jumping kangaroos?

      My parents have two cars, one fairly new 2008 Australian design car for “Australian conditions” and one imported Toyota Landcruiser from 1993.
      One of the the two has overheated, one of them has had blown a head gasket, one of them has blown a coil, one has a various bits of interior trim coming off, one burns through rear tires like crazy on the inside, one gets warped discs.

      Wanna guess which one has all those problems?
      Also wanna guess which car they take when they go “outback”?

      • Joseph Meade

        Okay, fairly well said ghs. However, by Australian conditions I am implying our unique roads and our diverse climate. A 93 Landcruiser, I am not arguing with you is a fantastically reliable car. However it may surprise you that Toyota actually extensively tested the 80 series Landcruiser in the Australian outback and on our roads, purely because of our, as I have mentioned ‘unique conditions’. A lot of the engineering work for the 80 series was done in Australia, so once again it highlights the talent we have in this country. A lot of the problems you mentioned wrong with the ‘other’ car, sound like symptoms of neglect. I’d quite like to go into detail discussing the problems with it, but its just not practical. Also by ‘blown a coil’ im not entirely sure what you mean? Are you referring to a failed coil pack?

        • ghs

          Plenty of other countries have climates as diverse as ours. Unique roads? Corrugations? Potholes? You’ll find them in other countries too, plus the corrugations are on dirt roads rarely used by Australian made cars anyway – mostly by cars like the Landcruisers. The road surface on the roads mainly used by %99 of Australians, whilst worse than EU or USA is far better than places like developing Asia, Afria or S’America where plenty of Japanese & European cars sell.
          The Landcruiser in question is a 75 series not 80 series. Neither car is neglected, the Australian car (which is a Crummer) is in pristine condition and serviced annually. Was coil pack failure, a well known problem in VZ Crummers to fail at about the 100,000km mark. Tyre wear also well know as advised by the RACQ and all the tyre garages. Warped discs a obvious problem when you design a big heavy car with a high powered engine and a high towing capacity to have brake discs that are just 298mm (smaller than a VW 103tdi Golf).

      • save it for the track

        rotate the tyres. go easier on the brakes. Sounds like a Commodore….

        • gdg

          They’re in their 70s, I don’t think they can go any easier on the brakes and I highly doubt they are interested in rotating the tyres themselves. Anyway they shouldn’t have to if the car is designed for our “conditions”!
          Also forgot to mention the VE Commodore has a standard SPACE SAVER spare & Falcon EcoLPI has NO SPARE AT ALL! How on earth is that “designed for Australian conditions”?

    • gtrxuone

      Good read Joseph

  • Richard

    Don’t put Toyota in the same box as Holden and Ford. Toyota exports 70,000 cars per year! Ford exports none and Holden if they are lucky will export maybe 5,000 cars. Toyota is obviously the only sustainable car manufacturer in Australia and should be acknowledged as such!

    • Dan

      All Ford, Holden(GM) and Toyota share same locally manufactured parts from the same local suppliers. Now Ford is gone then Toyota&Holden(GM) will go down together. Australian manufacturing industry & Victorian economy are finished, unless there is a radical change taken by the state&federal government.

    • matt

      the no profit for 5 years box? all 3 are members, manufacturing here simply costs too much, and is killing all 3′s profitability, exports or not. The evidence is staring you all in the face. the holden chairman repeatedly saying he needs clear government support to survive??? more evidence they cant make it on their own. Yes Toyota exports a lot of cars… but they still loose money…. again fords saving grace was not the focus… lol…. stop trying to say that guys…. if they are loosing money on 1400 territorys a month @ 40k a sale, they would loose money building 1400 focus’s a month @ 19,990 D/A… for sure, we are to expensive, plain and simple, our own fault through greed, and the government for not having the big ones to pull the situation into line

  • Karl Sass

    This is what Dutch disease looks like. Those 1200 jobs are nothing compared to the supplier job losses this will trigger, expect 3000+. On a more strategic level, Australia is repeating the mistakes the US, UK and others by allowing their manufacturing base to wither away. After the mining boom,we’ll look back and say we have no real infrastructure to show for it, and it was just enough to kill off the the manufacturing sector (along with FTAs). Stories like this will be held up as examples we wonder why we proceeded down this route despite all the warning signs.

  • Dan

    Troubled Victorian economy is now dead in water. Everyone(including myself) knew this was coming yet, they choose to ignore the issue.

    The state of Victoria needs to sue Ford Australian immediately and found a new Australian auto company as soon as possible.

  • Bondie

    Ford Australia produced a very good car, with the amount of money it could develop with .It was Ford Australia who invented the ute, a farmer with a modal T Ford. With the industries that supplied Ford will follow on, so the dole line will even get bigger.

    The engines were far better than most very expensive cars.

    The Australian Ford Falcon was a icon to this country.

  • Peanut

    How come in the UK they export 1million cars a year with a higher $ and no natural resources

    • matt

      government co investment, something aussies wont go for….. were more happy to give gina and clive $180 a year each for cheap diesel…. thanks to the lacklustre media were not educated on such things.

  • Nick

    So lets see ..Ford take all the money the Australian govt gave them / taxpayers money and shut up shop. Isn’t this fraud ???

    • Daniel D

      No its not fraud its Ford.

  • amlohac

    Ford did produce great vehicles locally, the issue is the market started to sway away from large sedans, that coupled with the financial crisis was essentially the final nails in the coffin. I cant help but wonder if things might have been different if Ford Oz were to manufacture the Focus and Fiesta here?
    The greatest loss in all of this is the thousands of people who are now jobless.

    • hgfh

      It’s not “thousands of people” jobless, it’s ONE thousand, two hundred. Also, they are not “now jobless”, they have a job untill 2016.

      Sad for the workers yes, but they’ve already known for years that their jobs were at risk and even now still has three years notice to find a new job and it says in the article, Ford will try to help them find work elsewhere. Ford has also been offering voluntary redundancies for years. The workers are also getting extra support from the government over and above what normal retrenched workers get. They’ll also get their proper payouts when they finally go unlike many workers from companies that go into administration. These workers are far, far better off than other people who lose their job from a business closure.

      • Daniel D

        Its not thousands of job losses because there is no possibility of job losses in the parts chain apparently?

  • docmartin

    What is the Labor govt’s PLAN? This is worse than Detroit laying off workers…as Aussie workers are used to much HIGHER salaries than US counterparts. Aus manufacturing in general is fast becoming extinct, – factories and jobs moving overseas – just like what happened to America. We may not have been impacted by 2008 GEC, but it sure seems well on its way NOW.

    Next, a wave of foreclosures as tens of thousands of workers lose jobs. Upside, house price will be more ‘realistic’, and not be as artificially bloated as they are now.

    Will Melbourne be the next Las Vegas – the foreclosure capital of America?

    • fkjk

      Why not ask what is Liberal govt’s PLAN? The huge decline in Australian car production mainly happened during the Howard years. Also these Ford operations are all in the state of Victoria which is under the LIBERAL party.

  • docmartin

    I dont understand why Ford Australia did not compete in the US to be chosen as patrolcar of the diff cities and states – like Holden Statesman did. The Ford Falcon handles miles better than the Titanic Ford Crown Victoria, favorite of police agencies and taxi companies in America.

    landing such a contract to supply police and taxi fleets in the US would save Ford Australia. it is still not too late.

    • khjk

      Ford already has a new product to offer to the US police, so why would they bother with the expense of modifying Falcon to suit their LHD & Police requirements when they already have a car that can do it? By the time they’d got around to it and factored in the extra design costs, factory tooling changes, shipping to USA costs, they wouldn’t be able to offer a competitive & profitable price anyway.
      Holden Crapice was already in production in LHD for middle east exports, so setting it up for USA cost almost nothing. But so far, it’s hardly bringing in numbers for Holden.

      • Daniel D

        Falcon is RWD which some police in the US prefer. Its simpler to maintain and its highly competitive in handling and performance. In general specs it is much closer aligned to the competitors for the contracts.

        Instead Ford adapted an AWD version of an old Volvo platform and ended up spending more then the Falcon conversion could ever have cost.

        Yeap they made the choice as they always do. Falcon isn’t made in the US therefore it doesn’t exist.

  • Viet

    In 2016, the Falcon is dead, long live the 2015 Mondeo.

  • Brum

    If local buyers don’t support local industry, whatever it is, it won’t survive.

    I’ve owned many new Australian Fords, all good cars and all built here. My Tickford AUII Fairmont wagon was a beauty. Black V8 with a seven seat option (four kids then), machined alloys, Rob Herrod exhaust with a cam and big AP brakes. Great car.

    Very sad that Ford Australia is dying. Not enough support from too many pretentious buyers of imported brands.

    • b0son

      To have local buyers, you need product that local buyers want, when they want it. Ford have always been behind the 8-ball, in terms of equipment levels, engines, etc. Diesel came years too late. Ditto Ecoboost (why didnt they just go diesel and spread the terri diesel development cost?). EcoLPI? Only came out after selling NO LPG models for how many months and meanwhile all prospective buyers go elsewhere. Holden successfully downsized their wagon to the sportswagon and you see them everywhere now, what did Ford do? Try to flog us what looked suspicioulsy like a re-skinned EA, before dropping it altogether. Its like a textbook lesson in how not to run a car company.

    • RJ

      What do you mean by “Not enough support from too many pretentious buyers of imported brands.”?! People choose with their wallet. The VAST majority of people in this country do not care what car they drive, they’ll buy a car that is affordable, reliable and has good fuel economy. It has noting to do with being pretentious or anything.

  • do it

    Now pay back all the money you took from the Australian Tax Payers/Government Handouts.

    • matt

      through PAYG tax and GST, they have 10 fold….

      • Sydlocal

        …and stamp duty etc etc. The Government have gained much more than they have given!

    • Daniel D

      You need to say please and since it was a coinvestment they owe us nothing. We got more out of it in taxes and keeping a sector alive.

  • American Cars to Oz Please

    Dear Ford,

    Thank you for taking our hard earned Australian Tax Dollars and get nothing in return.
    Now that you’re pushing the “One Ford” program, when are we going to see cars like Fusion, Taurus, Mustang, F-150 etc, as you want a “One Ford” for all…

    GM take note, I know what you’re thinking, get rid of Holden as a brand and send Chev our way as well…..

    • barry

      Ummm the Falcon is superior to the American equivalents.Taurus and Fusion are barges.

      • Falcon What?

        It’s all about downsizing these days…..

        Falcon is good for another 2 years or less, series 3 won’t be too exciting, probably whack some different wheels and colour, that’s it and then what bogan car you’ll have then….

        Ford is digging the grave for the Falcon now, should of been shot down years ago.

        • F1orce

          Most, if not all of the American ford lineup are bigger than Falcon

          • barry

            That’s what I was trying to say F1 there American sedans are barges.

    • Daniel D

      We did get something, so really the entire premise of your argument is flawed on the grounds you are making an emotional claim, not a factual one.

      As for Taurus and the live axel Mustang. No thanks the yanks can keep them.

  • Dave W

    Let the blame game begins…

    Can’t say it’s unexpected. I bet holden is happy now that the govt money will only go into their pocket.

    What does it mean for the V8 Supercar races?

    • gdg

      Hopefully it’ll mean the end of the V8 Sillycars and the bogans find something that’s actually intelligent and meaningful to get excited about.

  • F1orce

    Bye bye Falcon.

    Hello Taurus, F-150, Explorer, Fusion, Raptor, Mustang etc

    • Rocket

      Mustang and F150 will be welcome. We are getting the new Mondeo ( Fusion) but the Taurus would sell worse than the Falcon so it would be a waste of time. A 4 door version of the new Mustang would be interesting though especially if it is designed in Australia.

      • F1orce

        Taurus SHO if priced right could sell well.

        • Daniel D

          Priced right perhaps. I would say look at the price of an SS Commodore and take 10K away and there is your Taurus SHO price.

          They really aren’t very good cars.

    • gtrxuone

      I like the F150 but in the Australian market it will get a sales pasting from Landcruiser.

      • Cars

        If it gives Toyota competition then the consumer will benefit. Those Landcruisers ain’t cheap!

        • gtrxuone

          Cars I think you might find F150 is more expensive than Landcruiser.Do like the 150″s coloum auto.

  • Shak

    Even as a Holden man this is a sad day for Australian motoring and manufacturing. It doesnt help when you have people like John Cadogan a supposed expert coming on the news and saying things like our manufacturers were stupid, and shortsighted, and that all the money we poured into then was wasted. It was a good run while it lasted Falcon, and i hope Ford feel the pain when they stop selling Falcons. They think that people who bought Falcons will just start buying other Fords. I highly doubt that. They will want revenge, and will boycott Ford to get it.

    • Rocket

      Yes a very sad day for those who are associated with and have supported the blue oval in Australa. As far as a protest goes I won’t be one of them as Ford is still keeping 1500 workers in design and engineering which is some bright news on bleak day. Holden look as if they will hang in a bit longer but not sure how long Governments should keep propping them up?

  • Rocket

    How good does that red XR6 look. Yet we won’t buy them because it is too Austrayin. Sad day but a least the engineering and design department stays.

    • Dieseltorque

      Looks great, I really like the wheels on the XR6T, bloody fast motor car that’s for sure. It’s not selling because its too Australian, the reason has been around for quite some time. The answer is SUV’s. If Ford & Holden switched to Diesel SUV’s five years ago I believe people would certainly buy them. The diesel Territory was way too late and looks seriously outdated. People want a new SUV not one from 2004.

      • gdg

        “too Australia”?

        Do you think the person looking to spend $20K on a basic commuter car like a Corolla didn’t buy a XR6T because the XR6T was “too Australian”? Or do you think it was because the XR6T cost twice as much & used twice as much fuel?
        Or how about the family car buyer who wants a big wagon boot to take lots of stuff or have a 3rd row of seats? Will that family car buyer avoid the XR6T because it’s “too Australia”. Or do you think they’ll avoid XR6T because it does not have a big wagon boot or a 3rd row of seats?

        Get real, it’s not selling because it doesn’t most people’s needs. Plain and simple.

      • Cars

        2 things stopped me from buying the diesel Territory. Price, and believe it or not, lack of split-fold 3rd row seats. The competition absolutely killed them so people went with them instead.

  • Tom

    Long live the Falcon I say, you people can criticise the government and Ford, but the blame lies on every single one of you who choose to buy an imported car. Don’t give me some nonsense about how they didn’t suit your needs, because they more than likely did. So shame on you. I for one will feel bittersweet when I drive out of the Ford showroom in a Falcon one last time in a few years. No doubt it will be a sensational car.

  • Bondie

    Ford Australia made great cars and engines. The media and government have got their wish!

  • Autoholic

    Such bad news, however I think this was inevitable. I’ll explain why. The Korean auto industry is going well. The public support, dare I say admire, their car companies.

    Australia was like this half a century ago. I can only guess four things which may have led to this news: Australia’s comparitive low population and comparatively high living costs, increased competition/diversity and no exporting.

  • TBS266

    They better keep the falcon nameplate. Just base it off the mustang platform and have an FPV like assembly here. Just different body panels to the mustang. Would still sell and not hard to do. Ford you have 3 years to get your stuff sorted.

    • Tom

      They’ve confirmed that they will retire the Falcon nameplate. As a fan of the Falcon it’s sad, but it’s the right thing to do.

      • Rocket

        The new platform for next years new Mustang could be adopted for a 4 door sedan but looks like it won’t be called a Falcon unfortunately. Hopefully the Aussie design team will be involved with this project.

        • TBS266

          Alot can happen hopefully they will realize losing the falcon nameplate is a mistake for their brand. Heritage means alot.

    • Why so serious?

      Good suggestion however it took 6 years just to put a diesel in the territory. The management at ford are so slow to react let alone predict what the market is telling them. Future Low volume high performance gt falcon production would be great.

  • MisterZed

    I’m predicting that there will be a huge increase in Falcon sales in 2016, as taxi companies stockpile Falcons. The same thing happened in the US when Crown Victoria production ended in 2011 – police depts. around the country stockpiled cars and sales increased 50% in the last year.

    • gdg

      Falcon police cars are a very rare site these days in NSW. Highway patrols have been majority Commodore SS for years and general duty cars are Camrys/Lancers now. I haven’t seen a Falcon paddy wagon for decades, they moved onto Japanese utes a LONG time ago.

      NSW Taxis are mainly purchased USED from the ex fleet auctions so taxi purchases in NSW have little effect on new car sales. With fewer Falcon new car sales leading to fewer Falcons at the auctions, other cars like Camrys are now starting to trickle in the NSW taxi fleet.

      Also by Law, Taxis in Sydney must not be over 6.5 years based on the date of manufacture (longer for rural areas and disabled access vehicles). A similar law exists in other states, so stockpiling cars purchased at a brand new price will not be cost effective as they’ve paid new price for a what would end up being a shorter shelf life once the car left the stockpile.

  • wxthree

    Sorry for the workers but good riddance Ford. An American company that never let Ford Oz expand into other market therefore dooming the rather expensive rear drive platform to an unnecessary death, had Ford Oz been allowed to expand into the Middle East this may never of happened. Both Ford and Holden need to die so that the ridiculous tariffs used to protect and support our car industry can be removed from around the tax payers neck and the importers can be exposed for the market pricing rip off merchants that they are, then maybe at last Australians will be able to see that we needn’t pay twice the price the Yanks pay for a car, there just is no resonable excuse for it. Especially when they sell rebadged Holdens with more kit in America for much less than we can buy them here for. Stop the B/S now.

    • Tom

      Sorry, but what rebadged Holden is currently on sale in the US and what’s its listed price?

    • Tom

      Yr right actually, I remember Ford head office said that the Crown Victoria was doing well in the Middle East so they would not replace that with the Falcon. But now the Crown Vic is discontinued… so what have they replaced it with in that market?

      • Tom

        You’re not the real Tom.

      • gdg

        Ford offers Fusion, Mondeo and Taurus in Saudi Arabia.

  • Ox

    Who would want to buy a car knowing full well it will be discontinued in two years time ?!?

    • Rocket

      Enthusiasts will continue to buy them while most people will continue to buy small cars and SUVs. Parts will be available for decades so no problems.

  • wxthree

    Deleted, my God what sort of a time do we live in when comments can be deleted without any justification, when a comment made on the condition of our country can just be brushed away because someone doesn’t agree. Is this aforum for open discussion or not !!! hidden and opened at viewers discretion perhaps if the language was a bit colourful or removed if insulting. My comment was neither of these things and YOU CA have gone way down in my estimation.

    • Golfschwein

      It looks like your comment was sent on a holiday by readers. The little arrow at the upper right is where your comment can be flagged, which is different to voting down via the buttons at the bottom. If it attracts enough flags, it goes on holiday of its own accord.

  • Peter Henderson

    It’s about time the Falcon died. Underbuilt and underwhelming vehicle that was past its use by date years ago. Tired of subsidising inferior products; this is a natural death.

    The Commodore is next. Holden know it. They’re right to be nervous.

    • Tim

      You can always tell when someone hasn’t driven the current Falcon, as they come up with nonsense like you have. It seems that everyone that actually test drives one, loves it. Oh, and you paid $18 last year to subsidise not only Ford, but Holden and Toyota as well.

    • Dave

      I can tell you are a Hyunday or Kia or VW driver.

      Every country either subsidises the car companies or protects them with high import duties. Did you know the Territory is exported to Thailand? It gets slugged with 50% duties. So I can’t see too many being sold. Meanwhile most cars on our roads come from Thailand and they come here tax free becuase we have a one-way free trade with them. If we tax these cars like they do then I think the import sales would slow quickly.

      Falcon’s problem is its not LHD engineered (a big mistake) but also trade barriers prevent them from exporting to potential markets.

      They are good cars and I know as I have owned many over the years but the domestic market is getting too small for this kind of car, it needs exports. They could have done it but they have missed the boat. But remember they still do sell quite a few of them compared with just about any other car. But that is not enough without exports.

      • gdg

        Very few people would buy Falcon or Territory anywhere else in the world. N’th America and Middle East might buy a small number but Ford already has similar products on sale there.

        Few Thai people would buy a Territory even if it didn’t have a big tax on it there. If you look at the sort of cars the Thai are buying – big, urban style SUV cars with large engines & high fuel consumption are not what they want. They buy either cheap 4 cylinder cars or rugged 4WDs that actually work off road.

  • Ben

    Brilliant, can’t wait to see fusion, Taurus and the explorer out here.

    • Tim

      I can tell you that the Falcon and Territory are superior in most areas to those cars you’ve mentioned.

      • Zaccy16

        I agree

  • MKVII

    Wat a laff, good riddance to this pile of junk, the dino is extinct yesterdays car, laffing as dobin the grave robber and his wife failane blubber as their falcoon world implodes, ha .

    • barry

      Rolfmother? you goose.Hows the rolf.

      • Cars

        His lack of spelling finesse and hatred of Ford was enough to betray his identity. Then there was the MKVII tag….

        • MKVII

          BUS, Ford AU dont hav finesse, explains why the falcoon and terry can have been binned, hahahaha .

    • barry

      Rolfmother..

  • Robert Howe

    anyone who didnt see this coming is a fool,but to the workers of ford im sorry to hear of your job losses.

  • Sam

    Ford Australia never should have been allowed to stray so far from the
    rest of Ford’s operations — if they had been more willing to share
    parts and platforms with Ford’s other models, they would have a better
    chance of surviving longer as a manufacturer.

    • Daniel D

      More willing? I think you will find it was the other way around. For years Ford NA pointedly ignored Falcon, then and now one of their best RWD platforms Ford has globally, because it was made by the colonials and showed them up.

  • Wile E

    Julia the unions will not be happy.
    But then again is anyone happy with you.
    I really feel so sorry for you and your team.

    • john

      There were many factors in Fords decision- low tarriffs,high wage and production costs,Australias high taxes,too many brands and fords failure to make what people were buying-small cars,and twincab utes. The Territory was popular,but let down by lack of choice with engine,transmission and,who wouldn’t give their right eye for a Territory trayback ute?
      As the saying goes,failure to plan is a plan to fail. BF should have been the last Falcon. After that a new car with a new name and smaller size should have took over. Had Ford read the market………

      For me personally,a Falcon and Territory were considered briefly, but they’re a lot larger than what I need. I simply couldn’t justify buying them.

      In the meantime,lock up your FG’s and Territory’s……in 40 years they’ll be commanding big dollars as they’ll be seen as the ‘last of the Aussie Fords’.

      If your lucky enough to grab the last Falcon or Terry to be built or registed,you’ll be sitting on gold.

      At least Ford’s employees have three and a half years to plan forward.

  • Autoholic

    How can an Australian worker’s wage compete with workers in other countries living in homes half the size and owning only one or even no car?

    If people in Australia are willing to live in apartments like in Japan and Korea, only then can we create sustainable industries here in Australia.

    • MarksmanR

      I don’t agree because they make cars in America, their pay mustn’t be too hideous, yet they sell them extremely cheap! Eg. a 3.6L V6 Chevrolet Camaro for $24k, it has the same 3.6L V6 Holden Commodore’s have, but better exhausts thus 230kW as apposed to the Commodore’s 210kW… in theory Australia should be able to make and sell a Camaro here, for say $28k and pay our workers more than Americans!

      • Autoholic

        Living costs in America are almost two thirds of Australia. For example, the average house price in Michigan is around two hundred thousand. Try buying a house for that in South Australia.

  • MarksmanR

    I’m interested in the 2014 Falcon now, if they go all out it should be ok and it will become rare… Australia’s last Falcon.

  • AAFordMan

    How apt are their slogans now:
    Going Ford is the GONE thing!
    Ford Australia – we’re moving OUT on you!
    Ford: Go further (yep, out of the country!)
    One Ford – GONE Ford
    Ford: Drive One (while they are still an Aussie car)

  • Deejay

    We have read in the HeraldSun/Your Say section that Ford Broad meadows is on crown land & that the 100 year lease runs out in 2016.Need to be verified.

  • Deejay

    Herald Sun Dated Wednesday.May 29.2013.

  • ethanspapa

    I just thought ford came up with some great technology on saving lots of gasoline and increasing mileage this past year..

  • ethanspapa

    I’m surprised they stay with NASCAR. The last few years attendance is down 40 to 50%. Just last weekend at the Brickyard 400 the place was more than half empty
    The only race they do well is Bristol and Loudan N.H. Every year they pack those two places. People work for a living up in the Northeast and can afford it.

  • Deb

    Henry Ford would be proud of the brand he created! Ford has been around since 1903 and will be here for years to come! I personally have driven Fords for my entire adult driving life, so I am saddened to know the Falcon will be no more! Nothing can replace the Falcon, so I hope they don’t try! I hope Ford create something spectacular to fills the space left behind! I look forward to seeing what they can create for the Australian market! I brought my first Mustang, so Ford will remain parked in my driveway!

  • Brayden Cresswell

    Exactly don’t bag the company then try to be sympathetic.

  • Zaccy16

    I do not like holdens and i have bagged them but i have never bagged aussie built fords! i like fords and have always like them, i have owned a falcon and territory before, it is very sad that this has happened to ford becuase their current australia built vechiles are very underrated and not advertised properly like the great ecoboost and eco lpi falcon that offer performance, value, handling, fuel economy and space for the family

  • JoeR_AUS

    the only thing missing is nice comments from huwtm

  • ghs

    Yet after experiencing the Falcon AND territory you claimed you’ve owned, you ignored the supposed “performance, value, handling, fuel economy and space for the family” and went for a imported Mazda6 instead?

  • Andy Whitby

    It doesn’t matter if this news is about Ford, Holden or Toyota it is terrible either way. I fear this signals the long and drawn out deaths for the remaining two local manufacturers and the end of local car industry as we know it. Holden and Toyota I imagine will try and out live each other for the line honors.

  • $29896495

    I too like fords, but I feel this decision was made a long time ago and Ford have been marking time waiting to release it. They made the wrong choice pushing the car larger, and as I written before, have just one model Falcon and its Territory derivative isn’t enough, to sustain manufacture anyone in business would say the same. Hence my opening comment. Poor planning in some cases and deliberate run down of local business in others, bring us to this. This was the writing on the wall when Ford started talking ONE FORD.

    Very sad nonetheless and disappointing. I personally had hoped they had seen the light, but not to be.

  • pro346

    I find it hard to believe he owned a currentish falcon or territory….didn’t you have a Mazda 2?

  • Zaccy16

    i have explained this many times that the territory was a great car but i had a 2005 model and the fuel consumption was quite high so i went for the smaller and more fuel efficient mazda 6, the falcon is a great car but i need the wagons boot for my dog, i had a falcon in the early 90′s before i had the kids and got a dog

  • Daniel D

    I did exactly the same thing. Owned several new Falcons and traded in my Territory for a Mazda 6 wagon.

    Why? Fuel economy, reliability, not having to deal with Ford or its dealers.

  • ghs

    Zaccy16, have a look at what YOU actually wrote:
    “eco lpi falcon that offer performance, value, handling, fuel economy and space for the family”
    You said it had “SPACE FOR THE FAMILY”…….so it doesn’t offer space for the family?

  • Zaccy16

    it does offer space for 5 people in comfort but as i repeat myself again not for my dog to be comfortable!

  • amlohac

    I thought it was a polo

  • amlohac

    Hes there, CA keeps censoring his comments though.

  • AussieJ14

    Bad news for v8supercars and geelong cats…… :(

  • $29896495

    What’s that supposed to mean? Want to back up those words fool!

  • Sumpguard

    …and mine. I didn’t swear and 35 people agreed with what I said but it was taken down anyway .

  • Cars

    Toyota will be here long term. They have an excellent export market.

  • Andy Whitby

    I wouldn’t be to sure, I mean Toyota makes the cars they produce here else where for cheaper, aside for Alpha, Holden has developed all the other mainstream GM RWD platforms and exports cars and CKD Zeta all over the world.

    To my knowledge Toyota doesn’t engineer here, they ‘tune’ for Australia. Yes they build engines, and HSD, how ever they can take it away and just ramp up production else where. No where else builds Zeta atm, besides Canada, but they are only tooled for Camaro.

  • $29896495

    Word has it that the zeta platform is for the chop too, according to US sites. So at best holden will be a CKD builder in 2017, better than nothing I suppose.

  • AussieJ14

    What did you say btw? repost it