Ford’s fac­tory clo­sure crimps sales of old favourite

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE -

A Fal­con makes good sense if you’re look­ing for a toughas-a-taxi fam­ily run­about.

If you get one of the later Eco­Boost Fal­cons, with the smart four-cylin­der en­gines, it’s also a sur­pris­ingly sporty drive.

But there are a few is­sues. When Ford Aus­tralia an­nounced the end of lo­cal car­mak­ing, even though it’s not planned un­til the end of 2016, it cut through sup­port and sales of the lo­cal hero.

Fal­con re­sale val­ues have dipped, and buyer con­fi­dence is not good.

We’ve seen a sim­i­lar thing in the past, first with Nis­san and then Mit­subishi, but in both cases the fi­nal mod­els be­came very pop­u­lar as used cars. The Pul­sar was tough and fun, while the 380 was far bet­ter than most peo­ple re­alised.

There is a sim­i­lar prece­dent in Ford land, as the last of the unlovely AU Fal­cons be­came a huge sec­ond-hand hit even as the com­pany moved on to theBA­model.

What makes the Fal­con so good is the rock solid me­chan­i­cal pack­age and all that ex­pe­ri­ence in as­sem­bling a car which has ba­si­cally been run­ning for­ever at Broad­mead­ows.

We still get com­plaints from some un­happy cus­tomers, but on the whole the Fal­con is the sort of car you can drive into the ground.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.