Ford’s factory closure crimps sales of old favourite
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.