It’s the beginning of a somber era for Australian automotive manufacturing. Although the Holden Commodore will stick around for one more year, the nameplate’s arch rival was de-winged yesterday.
The final Ford Falcon, an XR6 sedan, rolled off the assembly line at the brand’s Broadmeadows manufacturing facility, according to Ford Authority. The Falcon XR6 sedan will sit alongside the final Falcon ute as museum pieces and testaments to 91 years of Australian manufacturing.
For decades, Ford versus Holden has become a staple rivalry in Australia through motorsport and die-hard fans of each rear-wheel drive sedan. Both the Falcon and Commodore have long been touted as vehicles built for Australian conditions, by Australians, leading to years of success.
The shutdown overshadowed Holden’s news of the final locally-produced Cruze leaving the brand’s Elizabeth assembly. 880 workers remain at the Holden facility, which will produce the Commodore sedan, ute and sportwagon until fall of 2017.
While there’s no denying we’re Holden fans at GM Authority, there’s also no denying the impact Ford and its Falcon made on the Australian motoring landscape for many, many years.