Ford seems to be having a good time yanking our friends in Australia about. First, there was the news that after 90 years, the Blue Oval would be ending Australian production, effectively killing the legendary Falcon sedan. Then, yesterday came the announcement that Oz would be getting the next-generation, global Ford Mustang in 2016. And now, we have news regarding Ford's Australian tuning partner, FPV.

The group responsible for hot Falcons will be disbanded in 2014, according to Aussie newspaper The Age. FPV's most recent creation, the GT Falcon, will be discontinued. This news isn't a tremendous shock, as FPV was recently taken in-house by Ford. The tuning house's death will not lead to any job loss.

Ford will reportedly continue building Falcons with the GT's mechanicals, though. That means its 449-horsepower, supercharged V8 will live to fight another Holden. Along with the GT's upgraded suspension and brakes, the new model will wear the unused XR8 badge, allowing Ford to continue building cars for enthusiasts without spending extra on the pricey styling bits of the GT Falcon.

The XR8 Falcon's days will still be numbered, though. Falcon production is still on track to end, at which point the Mustang will look to take over the XR8's performance reins. The Falcon will well and truly die when the Mustang takes over for it in the V8 Supercars series, and the US-built Taurus arrives to handle the sedan's more domestic duties.


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      Daniel D
      • 1 Year Ago
      They are obliged to get the 2014 update out because of government co-investment, but I think the jury is still out if Falcon will even make 2016. Some of the Ford diehards will go with Mustang as soon as its here, some others won't look at a Ford after the GT stops production next year and sadly, most of Australia won't care what Ford does, as they aren't interested in the brand anyway.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sadly for most car makers, a few thousand fans cannot justify bringing a new car over to the states or dedicating a factory line to its production. I would love a Sirocco R in the states or even a couple of the hot-European-hatches, but sadly the numbers just don't justify the move for many companies.
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      Anthony Evelyn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stupid move. They just might regret it.
      stonehunte
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is dumb, if anything make the Falcon a global car. Instead we get a FWD fusion or FWD/AWD overweight Taurus here in the states. Its really a simple formula V8+RWD+Manual Transmisssion+sedan=awesome.
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      While I don't see Ford starting up production again in Australia, but I do think that once the next-gen Mustang gets here, it will satiate some of the demand for RWD cars down there. I also think that Ford will eventually leverage the next Mustang platform and release a RWD 4-door sedan (probably as a Ford and Lincoln) which would essentially fill the exact niche of this Falcon. They would need to sell it in multiple markets around the globe to make it cost effective. Hell, they would be smart to reuse the Falcon name in Australia.
        tom.tommarello
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        I totally agree. Ford is notably missing in the RWD 4dr sport sedan market. I had long hoped to see the Falcon come to the US. Something the Focus cannot fill being FWD. And Lincoln needs to go away. There is real talent at Ford's Special Vehicle Teams and they need free reign to develop the Lincoln brand up from the Mustang team and finally bring us a Falcon using advanced global production techniques.
        Robert Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Coupes have never been popular in Australia. The Holden Monaro was always a limited run special FPV bult on 4 door Falcons
        Daniel D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        The Falcon name is dieing with the Australian built Falcon and so it should. Ford Australia have said it won't be reused. I appreciate the brand is of course American from its origins of the US Falcon, but after fifty years of slogging it out as a uniquely Australian car, it deserves better then to be slapped on a US import as an afterthought.
      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've asked Australian car guys why they like 4 doors so much and they respond with "We don't, its all they give us". So I doubt any of them will complain much about that sled being swapped for the Mustang.
      dmat
      • 1 Year Ago
      maybe if these companies would sell these things over in the US instead of giving up the crap version, they would have decent sales figures. I mean how idiotic do you have to be to not sell the car in other countries but still complain about the sales. same goes for GM with its holden counterpart, just bring us the car as is. dont dull it down.
        Scooter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dmat
        GM tried this. The pricing goes too high for its possibly "unintended" fan base. I like graphics and colors but I'm also in my early 20s. I'm not 100% sure older buyers would appreciate the "tuner" car appearance. G8 was never a big seller, it cost too much and was mostly un-accessible to its "actual" fan base.
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          @Scooter
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        speterjr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dmat
        I agree, but the Falcon us sold in New Zealand and South Africa, additionally, because these markets also have RHD, and are not far from Australia. Ford has said it would be difficult and expensive to re-engineer the Falcon for LHD, which is one reason it was never sold in NA. At the end of the day, at least Ford Australia is getting another RWD car, even if it has only two doors, and male customers will have to make a strong business case to their wives to justify buying it.
          Daniel D
          • 1 Year Ago
          @speterjr
          Falcon was being engineered for LHD. The dashboard is symetrical on both sides for a reason and the firewall was redesigned in FG to accommodate the move of the steering wheel to the other side. Also test mules running the US V6 were developed that would make exporting the car to markets to the US easier. What killed it wasn't cost, or engineering. What killed it was Ford US who have never wanted the Falcon in North America competing with Taurus. If it had it would have quite simply shown them up. Falcon was a better car made on a fraction of the dollars and number of engineers Taraus took. Better to kill it then.
        speterjr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dmat
        As far as Holden, the Australian dollar has risen in value, so it is no longer cheap to make cars there anymore. GM wants to import their Korean-made cars into Australia now.
        oRenj9
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dmat
        Aussie cars are really expensive to sell in the US. In addition, UAW has agreements to limit the number of imported vehicles, which further hamstrings attempts to import vehicles from non-NA countries. Then you consider the difficulty of obtaining replacement parts and you have a recipe for failure.
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      Dark Gnat
      • 1 Year Ago
      They seem to be taking the whole "One Ford" thing to the extreme, don't they?
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      scionxd48
      • 1 Year Ago
      "...and the US-built Taurus arrives to handle the sedan's more domestic duties." False. http://www.caradvice.com.au/242116/2015-ford-taurus-not-set-to-replace-falcon-as-mustang-muscles-in/
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          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          The last time Ford sold the Taurus in Australia in the 1990s, it was an abysmal sales flop. And don't respond with anything along the lines of Ford never having sold the Taurus in Australia, either.
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      iamderekw
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good
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