In 2016 the dream of V8-powered rear-wheel drive Australian Fords will die forever as local manufacturing there, as well as homegrown Aussie Fords specific to that market, comes to an end. This is the last hurrah of the Australian Ford. Meet the last Ford Falcon.
See that black car? That's a Ford Falcon GT from Ford Australia's FPV performance division. It has four doors, rear-wheel drive, and a supercharged V8 good for 450 horsepower. We do not get it, and after next year, no one will, either.
This is an XE Ford Falcon, now-dead Ford of Australia's Euro-styled, V8-powered muscle sedan we never got. Yes, it does massive burnouts.
Ford Down Under's public relations people have been on a tear since it was announced last night that the company will cease production of their unique Australian models by 2016. Is Ford Australia dead? No way, Aussie Ford says. Everything is sunny all the time always!
The concept of an Australian arm of Ford that makes unique products in Australia for Australia is dead, victim of a strong Australian dollar and a weak market for large vehicles according to multiple sources. The Falcon will die with it.
Australians think Ford is secretly telling them a supercharged 5.0 V8 is both awesome and headed their way. [GoAuto]
Left Lane News has been working the down-under side of the street — following reports of a rear-drive sedan — possibly for US export — coming out of the Ford Australia studio. Word is the car will be a retro-styled model, possibly along the lines of the Ford 427 concept of 2003 (pictured). Australia being a land…