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Ford To Cease Car Production In Australia?

Rumours are rife at the moment that Ford are planning to cease local production of their Falcon and Territory vehicles in Australia in the fairly near future-2015 is mooted.

They will be following in the path of Mitsubishi, who closed their manufacturing plant after the failure of their ‘saviour’ the Mitsubishi 380.

That leaves just Holden and Toyota holding the local manufacturer mantle. Whilst neither of these two are under threat of closure Ford cannot take a trick with the Falcon, which used to vie with the Commodore to be Australia’s largest selling car, but it now languishes out of the top ten.

Critics of local manufacturing will give a huge sigh of relief, citing the many millions of dollars that we’ll save in Government assistance, but it should be balanced by the fact that, in per capita terms, assistance given to the local car industry falls well behind those of most other car manufacturing nations.

Apparently planning is already underway to ease the distress created by such a closure with local parts manufacturers.