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Offline hydie


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Here is the customer communication being issued.

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A MESSAGE FROM BOB GRAZIANO,
PRESIDENT AND CEO, FORD AUSTRALIA

Dear Ford Customer,

Ford is transforming our business here in Australia so that we can offer customers like you
even more great new vehicles and exceptional sales and service experience through your
local Ford dealer.

We are committed to ensuring that you have an even wider choice of the very best Ford vehicles
from around the world, with cutting edge technologies at an affordable price.
During the next year, we will introduce freshened versions of the Falcon, Falcon Ute and Territory,
as well as offer new world-class vehicles like the Focus, Ranger and Kuga. In addition, even more
new vehicles are on the way. In fact, we will introduce 30 per cent more new vehicles here in
Australia during the next three years.

We also will continue to stand behind our Australian-built vehicles like the Ford Falcon, Territory
and Ute well into the future. We will offer parts, service and technical support for these vehicles
through at least the year 2026 – a full 10 years after production of these vehicles ends.

Rest assured that Ford also remains a significant employer here in Australia – with more than
1500 Ford team members, plus many thousands of people employed in our network of more
than 200 dealers across the country. We also will continue to support our local communities.

One thing is very clear: While the way we are structured is changing, Ford’s commitment to
Australia remains strong. Ford vehicles have been part of the automotive landscape here for
almost 110 years. We are very proud of our history, and we fully plan to ensure a bright future
for years to come.

Thank you for your interest in Ford as we transform our business to serve Australian customers
for years to come.

Regards
Bob Graziano



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RHD Mustangs !!!!!!!!  :D :D :D more horses for the garage.  :D



Offline carmooch


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We will offer parts, service and technical support for these vehicles
through at least the year 2026 – a full 10 years after production of these vehicles ends.
Err, isn't that the law?  :confused:



Offline mondi

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Dibs on the last Falcom to roll off the line, put it on ice and see if it's worth $1mil in 50 years!    :p



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RHD Mustangs !!!!!!!!  :D :D :D more horses for the garage.  :D


YAY!!!!!! no more RAWS!!!!   :D



Offline Paulstar


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This article started off making good points and finished up leaving me wondering just how much acid the writer was on at submission time..

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/why-you-should-be-mad-as-hell-about-the-falcons-demise-20130523-2k2n4.html



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We also will continue to stand behind our Australian-built vehicles like the Ford Falcon, Territory
and Ute well into the future. We will offer parts, service and technical support for these vehicles
through at least the year 2026 – a full 10 years after production of these vehicles ends.

There's over 3,500 fords for sale over 10 years old on car sales, the owners of these things keep them forever sometimes.



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This article started off making good points and finished up leaving me wondering just how much acid the writer was on at submission time..

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/why-you-should-be-mad-as-hell-about-the-falcons-demise-20130523-2k2n4.html

Seriously. Who gives a shit about all this waffle! People have voted with their wallets and the majority of Australians don't want Fords and Holden's!!! I wonder of the writer of the article owns a Falcon 8-)



Offline mondi

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This article started off making good points and finished up leaving me wondering just how much acid the writer was on at submission time..

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/why-you-should-be-mad-as-hell-about-the-falcons-demise-20130523-2k2n4.html

Er, the Falcon actually started in the US and was going to be released there first but Ford Australia needed a car to go up against Holden:

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During the 1950s, Ford's Australian sales were faltering due to the popularity of the Holden which did not have an effective competitor. Ford assembled the British Zephyr and its Consul and Zodiac derivatives. However, while these cars were moderately successful and had a good reputation, Ford could not match Holden's price, and so sales suffered. One of the reasons for the price difference was the higher cost of imported parts, which were subject to an import tariff. Ford also assembled Canadian-sourced Ford V8 models, but these cars were in a higher price category, putting them out of reach of the average buyer.[3]

Hence, Ford decided to commence local production of a Holden challenger. Initially they intended to produce the Zephyr, using expensive dies they would need to purchase from Ford of Britain. However, during a visit to Ford headquarters in Detroit in 1958, they were shown the new Falcon, which was being prepared for its US launch. Immediately, the executives were attracted to the new car- it was about the same size as Holden, but it was low, long, wide and modern. The width allowed it to accommodate 6 people, and a 2-speed automatic transmission was available. Besides all this, Ford Australia felt they had more experience building North American cars. Hence they decided to make Falcon their new Australian car. In 1959, Ford built a factory at Broadmeadows, a suburb of Melbourne, for local production of the North American Ford Falcon. The factory was designed in Canada, and had a roof which would facilitate dispersal of snow - notwithstanding the fact that snow does not usually fall in Melbourne.



They ended the Falcon in the US in 1970 on htis note.  :p

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Er, the Falcon actually started in the US and was going to be released there first but Ford Australia needed a car to go up against Holden:

I didn't know that  ;) I posted the link 'cos I thought the ending was funny.

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It would cost more, but thousands of Australians would willingly pay.

If no small-scale manufacturer can make a new Falcon pay, then we have no alternative.

We have to spend the taxpayer handouts on the car restoration industry.

Every clapped out Aussie car for sale second hand on the side of the road could be restored to its former glory.

Parts makers would make a killing.

Mechanics would become world leaders.

We'd become a unique nation proudly driving around in old Falcons and Holdens and Toyota Crowns.

And we'd be in control of our destiny.



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