Ford reveals plan for refreshed global range by 2017
FORD'S Falcon will have one last hurrah before production finishes in 2016.
The Blue Oval has been tight lipped on the new Falcon with only teaser shots revealed this week, but Ford has confirmed it will have improved aerodynamics, low rolling resistance tyres and a high-tech six-speed automatic transmission that will reduce mass and weight.
But muscle car fans don't despair, as predicted the Mustang will arrive to fill the Falcon void.
There were very few details available on the Falcon or the Mustang as Ford revealed plans for a refreshed 11-model range of passenger, SUV and commercial vehicles that will reach Australia by 2017.
The Mustang is among the newcomers, along with a five-door hatch and wagon versions of the Mondeo mid-sizer, Ford Fiesta, Ford Fiesta ST, a small SUV called EcoSport and an all-new Ford Transit range.
Wraps have also come off a seven-seat, Ranger-based SUV which Ford calls Everest.
Ford made the announcements today at a $4m function in Sydney.
Ford Motor Company president and chief executive officer, Alan Mulally, was there to reaffirm Ford's long-term vision for Australia.
"We are introducing more great vehicles to Australian customers more quickly - with more innovation, more first-to-market safety advancements and more features customers really want and value," Mr Mulally said.
"We also are committed to Australia as one of our product development centres of excellence, with talented designers and engineers creating vehicles and technologies here in Australia for the world."
Bob Graziano said Ford in Australia was entering a new phase and reassured those Down Under that despite closing all local manufacturing in 2016 the comany was committed to a presence Down Under.
"Our customers, our employees and Australia can be assured that we're connected to the nation and committed to our customers through terrific products with class-leading technologies," he said.
"Driven by our One Ford strategy of serving customers in all markets with a full range of competitive vehicles and leveraging our global capabilities, the award-winning Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Ford Mondeo, Ford EcoSport, Ford Kuga, Ford Ranger and Ford Transit are global platforms that are underpinned by world-class design, engineering and technology."