Falcon may not survive until 2016
Ford’s mid-size Mondeo four-cylinder (pictured) will become the Blue Oval’s largest passenger model available in Australia when the homegrown Falcon is retired in 2016 – or sooner if its sales continue to plunge.
Speaking at Ford’s ‘Go Further’ future product unveiling in Sydney last week, Ford Motor Company Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields said his company was committed to releasing the facelifted 2014 ‘FH’ Falcon, which was previewed again last week, but has been delayed until the final quarter of next year.
Fields admitted that Falcon production may cease earlier than October 2016 – the cut-off date nominated by Ford when it announced the closure of its two Victorian manufacturing plants on May 23 – if the “business environment” continues to deteriorate.
Falcon sedan sales slipped to a low of just 594 in July and remain at historical lows, with only 5664 sold so far this year – down 27 per cent on the same period last year, following sales declines of 25 per cent in 2012 and 36.5 per cent in 2011.
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