Australia's Herald Sun newspaper has reported that the next-generation Ford Mustang is heading Down Under in 2016, just as Ford is hanging the "Closed for Good" sign on its Australian manufacturing operations and sending the Falcon to its grave. Ford hasn't offered any official word on the matter, but the paper says that Ford's global VP of sales and marketing, Jim Farley, is flying to Australia to make the announcement himself.

While Ford converted Mustangs in the early 2000s from left-hand to right-hand drive for the Australian market and then sold them at high prices, it's been almost five decades since Ford imported a dedicated right-hand-drive Mustang to Oz. The arrival of the global model specifically made for places like Australia and the UK means Ford will also be able to offer them at better prices than the converted models; the Herald Sun says the price is expected to be "close to $50,000."

And that's for one of the "V8 performance models," which are the only ones Australia will get; Ford apparently won't send the turbocharged four cylinder or the V6. The Aussies could find out in a month from now whether this rumor is true. We will all find out what this Mustang fuss is about when the car debuts at next year's New York Auto Show.


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      dreadcthulhu01
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is a shame that Ford will no longer make cars in Australia, but Aussie manufactures are suffering from what economist call the "Dutch Disease". It isn't really possible to profitably make cars there, without government intervention. And given Australia's tax laws and market conditions, $50k for a V8 Mustang is competitive. The Lancer Evo and WRX STI start at $55k-$60k down under, for example.
      hazel
      • 2 Years Ago
      PLease bring back the falcon. they run fore ever body goes before engine.... A falcon come back won't keep em at the dealer all sold out....
      anon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Again dunno what Ford was thinking-the discontinue the Falcon when they coulda leveraged that plaform by making/exporting LHD ones to the US and even upscaling it to a Lincoln. Instead they shut it down, and start a similar platform for the Mustang FROM SCRATCH, and only so far make it for Mustang. Let\'s hope they do the smart thing and leverage that plaform for their larger RWD cars in the US and maybe in Europe (remember their Scorpio) and don\'t give me that crap about folks would rather buy suv\'s blah blah blah-the Passat and the Chrysler 300 are successful, Ford is missing out, their product now is ok, the Fusion/Mondeo is about all they got.
        Brodz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @anon
        Ford HQ wanted the Falcon dead, along with the Ford Australia Manufacturing Operations. For too long has that pesky Australian arm of the business been making a better car for cheaper than what US operations could force on them. But from now on it will be uniform doughy FWD bliss for everything but the Mustang.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      John
      • 2 Years Ago
      Big Mistake globalizing the Mustang! It is an American Muscle Car NOT a Global product! It and all Muscle cars should NEVER be globalized or Exported!
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John
        With an attitude like that, it's little wonder than two of the Detroit Big Three went belly up.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          That's completely irrelevant to what I just said, and if you're going to be utterly isolated with your products, then you need to make sure you have a concrete captive market to begin with. As for the bailouts, without them you'd have been facing unemployment upwards of 25-30%. The bailouts didn't cost the taxpayer anything either. Taxation is a txpaer's liability. It isn't their asset. What would have cost the taxpayer - quite dearly, actually - would hav been the intrinsic knock-on effect of allowing enormous manufacturing and financial institution to disappear without governmental intervention.
          M.A.P
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          The were two car mfgs that went belly up . GM etc and Chrysler etc. Those two took the gov't money, yours and mine, and ran with it. While Ford did it correctly and didn't cost the tax payers a dollar.
        hobbs74
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John
        Why is it a big mistake to sell Mustangs in Australia? That car is perfect for their roads and tastes. Ford won't be able to build them fast enough.
      Maria Waring Shaw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Killing off the Falcon in Australia would be like killing off the Mustang in America...WTF were you thinking Ford??? Why not bring the Falcon over here and dress it up like a Lincoln? But that's stupid. No need for a v8 muscle sedaneven though there of plenty of Americans who would shell out money for it. It would really give Cadillac CTS/ Chevy SS a run for their money
        oRenj9
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Maria Waring Shaw
        Since the 90s, the Falcon existed to basically milk subsidies from the Australian government. Australia has a population that is a fraction of the US and isn't capable of supporting dedicated models anymore. The Falcon sells something like 20,000 units, which is about 1/3 of what Ford would expect from the Taurus in the US. Ford wouldn't bring the Falcon to the US because V8 sedans sell pretty poorly in here (remember when Chevy tried that). People who want V8 family haulers typically pick up full-sized SUVs. Plus, the Falcon is just too damn expensive to manufacture, so Ford would almost certainly be taking a loss on every one that they sold. Not to mention the issues associated with dealing with the UAW and trying to stock parts (GTO owners understand this pain all too well).
          anon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @oRenj9
          Oh really the carmakers only decided to make the sedans crappy and the SUV\'s cool because it was more profitable not because consumers tastes changed-I\'d willingly buy a 4 door family car if it was decent (Like the VW Passat or Chrysler 300) made in the US but guess what the selection is very thin.
        Mr.Krinkle
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Maria Waring Shaw
        Because the plant that builds the Falcon operates at a substantial loss. Has for years. The platform for that vehicle is not designed for LHD. Converting it would be far too expensive to justify building it over here.
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        ngiotta
        • 2 Years Ago
        Is that you, Gary Busey?
        • 2 Years Ago
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      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now I could move to Oz and feel at home. :-)
        nettsu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randy
        if you want to pay twice as much for the Mustang go for it
      • 2 Years Ago
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      woodies123
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think they should bring back the camel first...its safer
      pattmak818
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...........well !..............W G A S , translataion , WHO GIVES A ****..............
      Matt
      • 2 Years Ago
      With everyone saying that an HSV GTS being brought over would be $90,000, I'm surprised there aren't more people saying that this Mustang should be closer to $35,000 like it is here in America since car prices are always a 1:1 disparity between countries.
        nettsu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt
        There's a couple of things. a) transport costs (we are literally the arse-end of the world) b) tarriffs & taxes - GST (10% of purchase price), Luxury Car Tax (on car over AUD$57k). LCT gets applied first so you then get to pay GST on the LCT as well. c) profit-mongering pure and simple, we're a small market that's used to being ripped off. Now the manufacturers will try to tell customers here that cars are better specced than cars in the US but that's bollocks basically especially when you look at the ever-expanding options lists. d) the AUD is starting to tank so American cars will be more expensive to import.
        Daniel D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Matt
        Some auto journalists in Australia will care and will make a big issue of Mustang pricing if Ford even look like charging 50K for a base V8 car. The HSV GTS is a niche car within a niche and a base Coyote is never going to bother it anyway. A fairer comparison is the base VF Clubsport which would make pricing around 50K look reasonable, but like I said I doubt Ford Australia will be able to set that price without large headlines in the papers about ripping Australians off. US prices will be constantly pointed out in every review for the car. Whatever the case, provided the Mustang still looks retro it should sell ok. If it ends up looking like a bigger Fusion, that will probably limit its sales appeal in Australia.
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