Ford to cease Australian production in 2016; get your Falcon, Territory now

Ford has just announced that it cease local manufacturing in 2016, with the locally engineered and made large vehicles, the Falcon and Territory, living on until then.

Before the cessation of local manufacturing in October 2016 Ford will launch a facelifted and updated versions of Falcon and Territory in 2014. The Falcon and Territory nameplates may be used in their imported replacements, although nothing has been confirmed at this stage.

Once production stops the company will let over 1,000 people go, although it’s likely to keep the majority of its design and engineering staff who are well regarded throughout the Ford empire and have been responsible for the development of various global vehicles, including the Ranger ute and Ikon hatchback.

The company blamed its decision A$600 million worth of losses over the last six years, which are due to poor sales of the Territory and, especially, the Falcon.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]