WE’RE STAY­ING PUT, FORD IN­SISTS

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THERE is zero chance of Ford mak­ing a tac­ti­cal with­drawal. That is the news from Broad­mead­ows as Ford Aus­tralia waits for the small print in the Bracks re­view of the mo­tor in­dus­try and the re­ac­tion from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment in Can­berra.

‘‘Ford’s sub­mis­sion to the Bracks re­view is a pub­lic doc­u­ment and avail­able for any in­ter­ested party to read. This doc­u­ment clearly out­lines the com­pany’s po­si­tion re the im­por­tance of fu­ture Gov­ern­ment as­sis­tance for the Aus­tralian car in­dus­try but makes no threats as a con­se­quence,’’ says Ford’s Sinead McAlary.

‘‘Any in­fer­ence to the con­trary is un­scrupu­lous spec­u­la­tion and Ford stands 100 per cent be­hind the an­nounce­ments it has pre­vi­ously made about the fu­ture di­rec­tion of its op­er­a­tions in Aus­tralia.

‘‘Ford is the first and only Aus­tralian ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer to re­spond to chang­ing con­sumer trends by an­nounc­ing that it will pro­duce the Fo­cus range of small cars in Aus­tralia from 2011.’’

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