Ford hasn't said anything about it, but those who predict and those who do business with Ford in Australia expect The Blue Oval to cease production there as of 2016. The primary reason cited is the arrival of Euro 5 emissions standards on November 1, 2016, which are too stringent for the company's bread-and-butter Falcon sedan and Territory crossover to pass. It's been said that it would cost Ford millions to reengineer and retool, but sales of the Falcon sedan have been down for so long now that Ford announced earlier this month that 440 people would be let go from its two plants there.

In fact, Ford's Aussie position has been under threat for years. In 2007 the company announced it would close its Geelong engine plant at a cost of 600 jobs, only to reverse the decision a year later and keep the plant operating. Meanwhile, the value of the Australian dollar, cautious consumers and tariff reductions in the overall market have made imports tougher competition and depressed margins. It is the Falcon's troubles that are especially painful, though, causing a planned production cut of 25 percent in November.

In view of Ford's moves and the company's silence on its plans, suppliers have been rewriting their business plans for a future without Ford Australia, letting go of workers and going into receivership. Ford's departure would mean the loss of 3,000 jobs directly, with more to come in the supply chain and incidental industries. Also lost should this come to be: the legendary rivalry between the Falcon and General Motors' Holden Commodore, not to mention that between Ford Performance Vehicles (the FPV GT from 2008 is pictured above) and Holden Special Vehicles.

The front- and all-wheel-drive Ford Taurus range is expected to replace the rear-wheel-drive Falcon, and an as-yet-unnamed crossover would fill in for the Territory. Ford has had a manufacturing base Down Under since 1925 – leaving the country would mean only General Motors and Toyota remain as domestic producers.


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      SlimJim32
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Australian Government had also stopped buying Falcons/Commodores due to 4cyl requirements. Now Ford offers the Ecoboost, the Government should lead by example. I spoke with a Ford rep and he said that the turbo 4 qualifies as a suitable government car.
      SlimJim32
      • 2 Years Ago
      It appears Ford Australia has given up....probably not by their choosing though. I'm sure daddy Ford over in the US has already made his decision. Our company bought an Ecoboost G6 and it's bloody fantastic. Ford needs to get people to drive these things. Literally send reps to businesses and offer to let anyone test drive them. Cover a few streets a day per rep. Word of mouth will cover the rest. Haven't seen a single advertisement for the biggest change in Falcons for decades though!!! Unbelievable.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SlimJim32
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      LJSearles
      • 2 Years Ago
      Calm down peoples, looks like there is some loose lips at play here... http://www.themotorreport.com.au/54699/ford-to-end-production-in-2016-pipe-down
      guyverfanboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a damn shame. :-(
      brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      So what are Ford going to substitute for their Falcon Ute?
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brian
        Nothing.
        Robert Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brian
        That is a problem. Falcon Utes are used by "tradies" a lot here, for their car safety, ride and handling an ease of off loading and loading of payload. The cab chassis has a payload of 2,700lb.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rumors have been circulating for a while now that the next-gen Mustang, the Falcon and some Lincoln would share a platform. That is pretty much exactly what GM plans on doing with the ATS, next-gen Camaro and some probably some future Buick model. Its a good way to spread those costs around. I am though surprised that Ford might pull all its manufacturing out of Australia though. I don't know that much about their market besides what I read online, but I had thought much of their cars were built in Australia.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        IIRC, only the Falcon and its derivatives are built locally.
        to your email L
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Yeah why do they need a 'new' platform for the upcoming Mustang, the Falcon one fits the bill and yes as many other comments said 'Ford your STUPID' bring the platform to the US and build product from that. Jeez it's not rocket science. And replace their Aussie Falcon with the US Taurus oh please, the original Taurus and the '500' were way roomier that that cramped dark interior of the current Taurus. GET A CLUE FORD! Henry would be appalled!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @to your email L
          No, the current Falcon platform isn't as advanced. It does the job, but compared to the Commodore, its a little bit behind the times.
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        @Hazdaz
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          Slizzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          Wasn't designed to be LHD at all from the get go as there were other Ford vehicle that were LHD and V8 powered at the time (Mustang comes to mind). Commodore VE was designed to be LHD from the outset as vehicle for export.
          Hazdaz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ carguy1701 So give Ford a RWD sedan as well. I don't see the problem as long as the Lincoln one has COMPLETELY unique sheetmetal and interior and actually deserves the extra cost that a Lincoln would be. There is nothing bad about platform sharing - as long as its done right.
          Hazdaz
          • 2 Years Ago
          It could very well be that this far into their product cycles, its not worth the effort to adapt them to different markets or conditions. The next Mustang is a year or two away. That's when we'll see if Ford has got the right idea or not. With the way that they consolidated the rest of their lineup, I have no doubt that the Mustang will end up going to Australia - they have been saying for a while that they want to make it an international car. With that next Mustang platform, I actually predict that they will develop a 4-door Ford for the US because Chevy is supposedly releasing a RWD sedan soon. That car will probably be the next Falcon for the Aussie market. I also think that this same platform will underpin a Lincoln as well.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          Hazdaz: true dat
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          Hazdaz: that is what some people think, that Lincoln wants the Mustang platform for a sedan, but the problem is that the Ford brand is a sponge, and the execs will ask/demand that their brand gets a RWD sedan as well, when Lincoln needs it far more than Ford does.
      imoore
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds to me Ford is close to giving up on its Australian operations. Just like in Europe, if the rumors are true. This means no more local production. Everything for sale in those markets will soon be sourced from the US, Mexico, Brazil, Thailand and India. It looks like Ford really has no interest in keeping a strategic presence in Australia and Europe, and will treat those markets like a dumping ground. Say what you will about GM, but at least they are trying to fix their problems insead of just throwing in the towel. They didn't give up on Holden,and they are at least trying to fix GM Europe (Opel/Vauxhall). Right now Ford's best hope for future success seems to be in a change in management.
        Robert Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @imoore
        Ford never integrated the Falcon into the global supply chain like GM and Toyota here. The other Ford products are not selling well. Ranger, Mondeo and Focus. The Territory SUV based on the Falcon is the only bright hope for Ford Australia. Unlike the US Explorer it can tow a reasonable weight and has an equally reasonable off road performance. I expect Ford to close all operations, production and importation after 2016. The closure of the Ford Falcon here, would have the same affect psychologically as deleting the F150 from Ford US's lineup. Looks like "One Ford" is tallying up more victims.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really hope this doesn't happen. The Falcon seems like a pretty coolcar and I'd love to see it sold here; the Taurus sucks.
        Christopher
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        The Taurus really doesn't suck. It is what it is, a fine fwd/awd family hauler (save for the SHO). It's just not a Falcon. We deserve it here too.
        Sox05
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        The new Taurus is awesome GTFO carguy1701!
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sox05
          Awesome at what? No really, what is it awesome at?
        Adam Magie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        Have you driven the SHO, or any of the 2010+ Taurus line? I thought they were great. I would love to see both the Falcon and the Ranger appear back in Ford's line-up in the US, though. It would be really bad for Ford to close it's Australia lines, as that would be a blow to the global economy.
          Matt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Adam Magie
          I have driven a SHO and felt that the interior was cramped for a car that size (roomy, but not full size sedan roomy) and that a car that heavy needs AWD and 365hp. It wasn't equipped with the Performance Package but I doubt that would have helped, it was a quick sedan, not what I would call a sport sedan. But I could see why people would get it, but it's just not for me, a Ford Falcon would be. Until then I'm still in the market for a used G8 or a 300/Charger, I like my full size sedans RWD and sporty.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Adam Magie
          No, nor do I plan to. Its heavy and FWD. Major turnoffs for me.
          axiomatik
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Adam Magie
          I had a Taurus recently for a rental. I too was surprised that it wasn't more roomy inside, at least in the front seats (I didn't ever check out the rear). The bulging dash and high beltline make the front seats feel more claustrophobic then they should.
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        The Taurus doesn't suck so much as it concedes a huge portion of the market to the Charger/300. The Taurus competes with the Avalon and Impala but there's no reason they couldn't have a car like the Falcon to compete with the Charger and the possible full-size RWD Chevy.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
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          EXP Jawa
          • 2 Years Ago
          I can tell you that being front-based doesn't necessarily mean its a poor system, or that it necessarily means it can't have an entertaining character. Also, the Taurus isn't a Haldex system. It's the ITCC coupling from JTEKT (Ford dumped the Haldex on the D-platform several years ago, IIRC). All that said, the Haldex vehicles that I've driven aren't something that I want either. Great as a traction device, light on the vehicle dynamics though...
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          AWD is optional, and it's a Haldex system which favors the front wheels. Not something I want. I've already driven a car with a front-biased AWD system, and I was not impressed.
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          EXP Jawa: I will admit to not knowing that. Still, having driven FWD for the better part of 7 years, I'm starting to get a little bit bored with it. I do not think a front-biased AWD system is something I'd want, especially having had exposure to the BMW xDrive system, as well as the RWD cars I've driven over the last year and a half.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        Says the Buick fanboy...
        Cheetahjab
        • 2 Years Ago
        A conveluted comment like svx normally makes no different here I'll continue lowing my sho as an every day car and not expect it to be some tiny sports car you insist it be
        Josh
        • 2 Years Ago
        Right, have you even driven an AUSsie big V8 sedan? Google any of the reviews these are not highly-tuned BMW-killing slalom runabouts. Just because the USDM version of the last gen holden commodore was compared to a 'BMW 5 series' does not make it a world-beating sports sedan. An SHO that weighs around the same w/ Ford's torque vectoring AWD + twin turbo V6 will be more or less on par performance wise. The Toyota Previa was a RWD platform, I bet the FWD Venza beats it in the slalom.
        Cheetahjab
        • 2 Years Ago
        A conveluted comment like svx normally makes no different here I'll continue lowing my sho as an every day car and not expect it to be some tiny sports car you insist it be
      Christopher
      • 2 Years Ago
      For, enough of the throwing in the chips when the sh*t hits the fan mentallity. Didn't you guys learn when you killed the Taurus name (even though you kinda almost killed the Taurus) The Australian counterpart of Fords performance arm is a huge asset that needs to be injected with some attention. This would be a bad move.
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