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R.I.P. Ford of Australia

And goodbye to the last interesting Ford cars on the planet



Ford Australia to stop making cars
Decision to end manufacturing means the loss of 1,200 direct jobs and knock-on for communities and parts suppliers

AP - Sydney
22 May 2013

Ford is closing its two Australian auto plants and ending production of cars including the Falcon in 2016 amid soaring manufacturing costs and plummeting sales.

The closure of the automaker's plants in the state of Victoria will mean the loss of 1,200 direct jobs, as well as affecting industries that supply parts and support, and will leave Ford as an import-only brand in Australia. Ford began making cars in Australia in 1925 and is the third-largest carmaker in the country.

"We understand the very real impact that this will have on our team," Ford Australia president Bob Graziano told reporters at the company's Melbourne plant. "We came to this conclusion only after thoroughly reviewing our business and exhausting all other alternatives."

Australia's high dollar has put pressure on the country's carmakers, with locally produced cars more expensive than those made overseas. In April Ford's chief competitor, Holden, said it was cutting 500 jobs amid the high dollar and falling demand.

"The strength of the Australian dollar bears down on Australian manufacturing and it does make it a difficult environment for manufacturing to prosper," Julia Gillard, the Australian prime minister, said following Ford's announcement.

The carmaker released its annual financial report, which showed a loss of A$141m dollars (£90m/$136m) after tax for the 2012 financial year. That follows a loss of A$290m in 2011 and a total loss of A$600m over the past five years.

Graziano said a reduced demand for large cars and the high price of production in Australia had left the manufacturing operation uncompetitive. Ford's production costs in Australia were twice that of Europe and nearly four times higher than in Asia, Graziano said.

"Manufacturing is not viable for Ford in Australia in the long term," Graziano said.

Around 1,500 employees will continue working for the company after production ends in October 2016, and dealerships and product development facilities will remain in place, Ford has said.

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:'( at least there's still Holden

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I'm surprised that they lasted this long considering it was their own (no other market used their engine or chassis designs anymore) for such a small market.

At least Holden relies on the corporate V8. I suspect they will stock around for longer.
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Maybe we can get them too if they are produced elsewhere.

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So does this mean Ford is also pulling out of the V8 supercars? It will be all Holden.

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Nissan and Mercedes too. The rules were changed to allow other makes earlier this year (that change may have been preemptive to this for all we know). Considering Nissan is running a V8 RWD chassis with an Altima body, maybe Ford will end up entering a V8 RWD Taurus for 2016

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That actually would be pretty cool to have move makes in the sport . I wish the V8 Supercar series would come to the States. The last I heard they did some testing in Texas but I haven't heard anything else.

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There was a race in Austin a few weeks ago that I caught on speed.

I just worry that it's turning into Nascar where the racecars have NOTHING in common with production cars.

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Dang I need cable! Yeah that's the reason I love it so much because they are production cars.

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There was a race in Austin a few weeks ago that I caught on speed.

I just worry that it's turning into Nascar where the racecars have NOTHING in common with production cars.
That's what GT/GT-II classes are for in ALMS.

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Unhappy R.I.P. Holden

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/nati...-1226780453890

Man this is like watching the collapse of the American independents during the last Great Depression, only on a global scale.

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That could prove to be rather catastrophic to Australia's economy once Ford and Holden exit. Especially if Toyota takes its ball and goes home too. Imagine all those supporting supplier jobs as well. Yikes!

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