Last four vehicles will be auctioned off for charity
The final Ford Falcon and Territory have rolled off the Broadmeadows line in Australia, marking an end to 91 years of Ford manufacturing in the land of Oz. The last four vehicles to be produced—a Falcon XR6 sedan, XR6 Turbo Ute, XR6 Sprint, and a Territory Titanium—will be auctioned off on October 15 for charity.
Ford announced the shuttering of its Australian manufacturing operations in 2013. The closures mean slashing about 1200 jobs between the Broadmeadows plant and the Geelong Stamping facility, which support production of the Falcon, Falcon Ute, Territory, and Ford Performance Vehicles models.
Reasons behind the decision to end Australian production essentially amount to Ford losing money on it as a result of a strong Australian dollar and stiff competition from Asian imports. Ford Australia lost $583 million USD between 2008 and 2013.
Similar difficulties soon after prompted the decision to close both General Motors and Toyota manufacturing operations in Australia, placing the entire industry in that country in jeopardy, including supplier companies.
You can register to bid on one of the last four Australian-built Fords by clicking here.