Support is flying for the Falcon
BUNDABERG Ford Falcon fans are getting revved up after an announcement that the iconic Aussie car may be discontinued.
Long-time Ford fan and mechanic Greg Olive said it would be wrong to take Falcons away from the Australian market.
“Australians are fairly stubborn and we have grown up around these cars,” Mr Olive said.
“We like our V8s and we like our rear-wheel drives.”
Mr Olive and his wife own a Falcon FG GT and have already ordered the latest F6 Typhoon ute which is released next month.
“If things go the way people are saying, these may very well be our last Falcons,” he said.
Mr Olive said switching to a Holden would not be an option.
“The biggest issue with all of this is people like us who don’t want a Holden but don’t want a front-wheel drive either. If Ford can’t bring out a suitable alternative, we may have to change brands.”
As a mechanic, Mr Olive said he believed the Ford to be a better vehicle than its competitor.
“The Falcons have better suspension and more modern technology in the engine and gearbox than Commodores,” he said.
While rumours circulate that the death of the Falcon is imminent, Ford communications manager Sinead McAlary has told fans a replacement model for the Falcon was not due until 2015.
“Ford Australia is only 18 months into the life-cycle of our all-new FG Falcon,” she said.
“We are using the next 18 months to two years to conduct in-depth consumer research to determine what a successful replacement vehicle will need to offer Australian customers in an extremely competitive marketplace.”
Ms McAlary also said no Australian jobs would be affected.
“There are no plans to change employment levels at Broadmeadows (in Victoria) or to alter our manufacturing footprint in any significant manner,” she said.
Since the announcement, several Save the Falcon groups have sprung up on Facebook, with more than 2000 members.
Even Holden fans have joined the group, with one member writing: “I may be a Holden fan but it would be wrong to kill off the Falcon. It’s un-Australian.”
While the fate of the Falcon remains unsure, fans show no signs of gearing down their support.