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Ford Australia investment could spawn next Crown Vic

As we reported earlier today Ford's Australian arm has announced a big investment that includes aid from the Australian government. It will result in the development of an engineering and design "centre of excellence" for the Asia Pacific and Africa region, as well as new product plans that may, just may produce the next Crown Vic in the U.S.

Ford Australia gets government bailout

The Australian government is taking a much softer line than our own administration it seems as Australian prime minister John Howard has just announced that his adminstration will be providing Ford Australia with a boost of $40.4 million (AU$52.5 million) to ensure that the automaker's AU operations stay afloat. The design and production of the next Ford Falcon and Territory, to be built in Australia, take up much of the pot, accounting for $30.8