Bombshell business and automobile news is the plans of Ford to abandon auto production in Australia in 2016. This will close two auto plants in Geelong and Broadmeadows which have built automobiles in the country since the 1925 Model T. Now, Ford is looking to build cars in Thailand as well as China to sell in the Australian market and possibly to import the 2015 Ford Mustang from the United States to add to the car lineup in 2015 as a replacement for the long-running Australian Ford Falcon model. After Ford discontinued production of the Falcon model in the U.S. after Ford switched the compact to an economy version of the Ford Torino as a 1970 1/2 model, after Ford had introduced the compact $1995 Ford Maverick model in 1969. Ford had a problem where the existing Falcon would not meet new Federal standards set for Jan 1, 1970, as well as Mustang sales had heavily hurt the Falcon sales since it’s introduction, so the days of the Falcon seemed limited for the U.S. market, although the Falcon continued to be sold and offered as new models in both Australia as well as New Zealand. In Australia, the Falcon is offered in many trim levels, including a high performance sports four door sedan sold as the Falcon GT.
It will be sad to see the Ford Falcon finally end it’s production run as well as many Australian Ford jobs disappear. But, with Ford experimenting with building cars in Thailand and Australia, it might only be a matter of time before American Ford jobs may disappear as well as Ford looks to production overseas as well.