Ford Quietly Killing Off Australian Operation by 2016

2008 Ford Falcon 1 photo
Photo: Ford Australia
The traditional Australian rivalry between Ford and Holden may soon be a one horse race, as Ford is slowly and quietly killing off its Australian production. The main reason for this, it seems, is the fact that the the very strict Euro 6 emissions standard will be enforced as of November 1st, 2016. This means that Ford Australia’s main products, the Falcon sedan and the Territory SUV will be obsolete, as their thirsty engines will not be able to comply.
However, according to, instead of replacing them with more efficient cars still made in Australia, they will probably be the last Fords to still be made there, as Ford has been quietly reducing production in recent years. For instance, they closed the Geelong engine plant, back in 2010 at a cost of 600 jobs. Furthermore, this year they will be shutting down production of the Falcon for four weeks in August.

Currently, around 3,000 people still work for Ford in Australia, not to mention the countless thousands who work in the supply chain. While we do not really approve of outsorcing and ‘offshore’ operations, Ford has been making cars in Aussie since 1925 and it has been making market-specific cars which are as much Australian as they are American. Ford fans of the country will not take this lightly, especially since the model planned to replace the rear-wheel driven Falcon is the front-wheel drive Taurus which will probably be imported from the US.
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