From: Fraser Johnston on 11 Aug 2010 01:23
"Noddy" <Mission.Control(a)NASA.com> wrote in message
> There was a small article in this morning's Herald Sun where Ford announced
> late yesterday afternoon that the Falcon station wagon has reached the end of
> it's production life, and as of now is no longer part of the Ford model line
> up. After 50 years, production effectively ceased yesterday and the model is
> now confined to the history books.
> They also claimed that the Falcon Wagon will be replaced by some Mondeo
> something or other with the option of both diesel and petrol powerplants,
> although they didn't give any specifics about exactly what it would be or
> where it would come from.
> The death of the big wagon has been on the books for ages, and given that the
> thing has largley been neglected by Ford in terms of the antiquated equipment
> it was being furnished with in it's last few models it can hardly come as a
> surprise to anyone that the thing is now dead and buried, however I see this
> announcement as a prelude to the death of the Falcon as a locally built car
> before very long.
> The FG model is not doing well in the sales department (it's currently being
> outsold by Toyota, Holden and Hyundai), and the Territory is currently
> selling less units per month than the Mitsubishi 380 was when it was finally
> The rot has very definitely set in at Broadmeadows, and it won't be long
> before local production is wound down methinks.
Hopefully Holden will soon follow and we can start getting some cheap Jap
imports like New Zealand.
From: Fraser Johnston on 11 Aug 2010 01:31
"Premier" <nospam(a)nospam.com> wrote in message
> Very true - but why did those fail?
> Taurus - ugly - and the Falcon was a better car for a lower price
> 380 - shite marketing - when Aussies were looking for more efficiency - it
> was launched with a name to place emphasis on its engine size (go figure??).
> Mitsubishi was full of bad publicity at the time, so any new model in that
> segment was doomed to fail.
The 380 failed due to it really being just the new Magna. Magnas were plagued
by reliability problems in the early days which killed the brand.