Taxi Racing set to change for good

!B6jvybwEGk~$(KGrHqMOKj8Ey,CDgW7GBM)wrRNig!~~_35When committing millions of rate payer cash to the V8 Supercars, I wonder if Len factored in that half the fan base may disappear in 3 years when their beloved Falcon is no more with today’s announcement that Ford Australia is shutting up shop:

Ford Australia has confirmed it will shut its two Australian plants from October 2016 in a move that will see 1200 jobs lost, citing prohibitively high manufacturing costs.

The move will transform the carmaker into an import-only brand and comes as Ford Australia announced a $141 million loss in the 2012 calendar year, bringing losses over past five years at $600 million. 

Ford Australia president and chief executive Bob Graziano said it would close its Broadmeadows car factory and its Geelong engine plant, which together employ about 3500 people.

The cost of operating in Australia was four times greater than in Asia and double that of manufacturing in Europe, he said.

“Given the fragmented marketplace and the low model volumes that result, we decided that manufacturing locally is no longer viable,” Mr Graziano said.

He said the high Australian dollar “was not an overarching causal factor” in the group’s decision.

However, the exchange rate had contributed to the prohibitive cost of manufacturing at the plants, which make the Falcon and the Territory SUV.

How long till the last Falcon?, Well in January they were promising to keep making them till 2016…that appears to be off the table now.

 


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  • Mr_Blobby

    What about all the jobs lost in the related automotive repair industry. Had a nice Ford Fairmont Ghia V8 years ago but got raped by the Ford dealership on servicing.

    With my current Japa only change the oil and filters and the occasional consumable like tires.

    • Pissedoffyouth

      I guess thats the same with less disease and stuff too, less doctors employed.

      I’m on my second very early 90s corolla and except for a couple of things like CV boots breaking and brake pads I haven’t changed much at all in the years I’ve owned them, especially doing the service yourself means you know its been done to a good standard

      • Dave

        Holy Shit, you can fix your own cars POY, your an enigma in your generation.

        • Pissedoffyouth

          Being a farmers son really helps! Get taught how to do stuff properly.

          Yet somehow I ended up a DBA….

  • Mr_Blobby

    If the event is a commercial, for profit, operation why do we need rate payer subsidies.

    • Ronnie Chow

      For the same reason you subsidize your wife’s shopping . Stability and peace of mind .

      • Pissedoffyouth

        Comment of the day? :)

  • Travis Poulson

    No change to the racing. It will just mean a Nissan or Merc will finish behind the Holden driving winner instead of a Ford.

    • Jman

      You’re kidding yourself if you don’t think Holden Australia is going to be going the same way real soon.

      • Travis Poulson

        At least Ford was first to crumble.

    • Mr Sackunkrak

      I just had to vote you down on this very important matter. A Merc wouldn’t share the behind position with a, ahem, Nissan … if you know what I mean.

  • OT Richter

    First On Redundancy Day

    • Pissedoffyouth

      Found on rubbish dump
      Fucked on race day
      etc

      • Michael

        Hold On Love De Engines Nackered.

      • Travis Poulson

        Ford Owners Root Dogs.

        • Michael

          Generally Mediocre.

          Who would chose a Cruze over a Mondeo? Or a Barina over a Focus?

          • Travis Poulson

            I guess a Ford loving down voter had to turn up eventually.

          • Michael

            What did Bullitt drive? Even the baddies didn’t want GM!

            You didn’t even suggest Fix Or Repair Daily.

          • Travis Poulson

            Full Of Rusty Dents.

          • EpochNZ

            Fixed Or Repaired Daily

          • Pissedoffyouth

            I agree, those cars are just trash. GM don’t make very good cars unless they do what they do best – big engined 6 and 8’s

            Ford has the small car category down pretty well, mostly because Mazda put them on the right track

          • Michael

            Yip, and now we will have the God awful Taurus instead of the Falcon. Bad day.

          • Pissedoffyouth

            I thought if they exported the Falcon to the US and replaced the Taurus, especially with the XR6 turbo, and the ecoboost they would do really well.

            I’m currently watching some old X files and some of the Fords they drive in the the early 90’s looked pretty much the same as old falcons, so the looks wouldn’t be too bad.

            Considering both the AU Falcon and the Probe both looked like shit they can’t do that badly

          • steve and monique

            AU= Aussie ugly

          • Sponge

            Yep I am driving an 2012 XR6 Turbo. I love it but I will be fucked I you ever see me in a Taurus.

          • Mr Sackunkrak

            I switch between a MB E500 and a G6E Turbo from day to day, and I seriously put both cars on a par. Once had a 2009 Holden Calais and it was agricultural.

          • Sponge

            And Barina – what the fuck sort of name is that? I know it is silly but even if it looked like a GTHO you would think twice with a name like Barina. It screams “lady car”

          • Mr Sackunkrak

            They were going to call it the Ballerina, but then the marketing wonks with beards stepped in. Not sure it worked out well in the end. Still, nothing beats the Toyota Enemia.

          • Michael

            I think the Mitsi Starion is the worst. According to the story, the Aussie marketing department were told y head office in Japan to name it “the Stallion” but the heavy japanese accent meant it was misunderstood and by the time it was realised it was too late to change.

          • steve and monique

            Where did the Barina originate from.Think it was Opel,but could be wrong

          • Sponge

            According to Wikipedia it was originally derived from a Suzuki Cultus but is now coming from a Chev Aveo. In between it was from a Opel Corsaa and Daewoo Kalos. Truly the bastard son of a thousand lunatics.

          • steve and monique

            FFS,a true mongrel. Cheers for the info.

        • Dave

          A dog is about all they can catch, all the chicks are lining up for the lads with the VW’s nowadays Travis!!

          • Ronnie Chow

            What will the Maori switch to . That Falcon has been the status car for many a year amongst the Whanau.

          • Gazzaw

            Maybe a Daewoo Ronnie?

          • Honcho

            Chrysler C300 … this has already happened, 20+” chromes on the tick from mag and turbo.

    • Tom

      100 points

  • Vlad

    Load of bureaucratic crap, motor racing should be held at brilliant private enterprise Hampton Downs not at the Pukekohe troughers’ horse racing track propped up by the Minister of Racing (his only real portfolio) Winston Peters, and crippled by the Helengrad bureaucratic creeps and now by Lyin’ Len and his loon ATEED ratepayers funded dimwits. I mean really do we need MILLIONS of our rates spent on PR liars and more MILLIONS of our money spent by otherwise unemployable plonkers on “events”. Fuck off. Collect my rubbish, fill in the pot holes and leave the rest to private enterprise.

    • Brian of Mt Wellington

      Agree totally Vlad. Is the reason it didn’t go to Hampton Downs is because it’s not in the Auckland Council Area. The ratepayers will end up paying for it, you can guarantee it because Lyin Len said we wont have too, Bollocks.

  • cows4me

    Oh the humanity.

  • TomTom

    It cost 4 times to produce cars in Australia than in Europe? Jesus, bloody unions.

    • Pissedoffyouth

      What do the EA Falcon and any Morris car have in common?

      Exactly.

    • Rockfield

      Incorrect, 4X in Asia, 2X in Europe.
      R.

      • Stuarts.burgers

        Are you taking in Romania Hungary and the Czech Republic or are you just looking at France Italy and Germany

      • TomTom

        Lol write clearer, I’m confused by what you mean.

        I’ll assume that you mean that it’s 4 times more expensive to produce cars in Asia than Australia. Which is fucking rubbish. Korea and Japan mass produce cars to a much higher quality and far cheaper than Australians. Chinese cars probably have the same quality than Australian cars and is dirt cheap in comparison.

        I’m sorry but Australian cars are rubbish. I’ll only ever be buying a Suburu or a Mazda. (Mazda 3 Speed, yeeeeeaaah boi.)

        • Rockfield

          Read the bloody Article:

          “The cost of operating in Australia was four times greater than in Asia and double that of manufacturing in Europe, he said”
          R.

          • TomTom

            Whoops. Apologies.

  • Rolla

    Falcons will be made till 2016, they announced they’d do the 2014 refresh, so would seem pointless to do that for only a year.
    But 2016 would be the last year a Falcon would be eligible for V8 super cars under the rules. So presumably we’ll see a Mondeo running in 2017.

    The upgrade of Puke has failed, it failed to meet the promised FIA grade 2 standard, its still a grade 3 like it was before, and it now has huge drainage issues in the new section, because someone forgot to think it might rain once in awhile. Also all the motorbikes have left, and so have most of the weekend racers, as the concrete walls are to close.
    Money well spent then? I think not. Still all those drivers that have left have been welcomed with open arms at Hampton Downs.

    Just another day in the life of NZ motorsport. Anything the current lot at MSNZ touch turns to crap.

    • Ronnie Chow

      What turkey would downvote your neutral and informative comment ? Man there’s some intellectual cripples on this forum .

      • OT Richter

        Maybe the engineer that designed the drainage system.

      • Travis Poulson

        Len Brown.

        LBIAFC!

      • Rolla

        maybe someone in a leadership role at MSNZ, there’s a bit of toxic stuff going on there at the moment.

    • Gazzaw

      Puke was fucked from the minute that Len Brown endorsed it. Maybe we should run a sweepstake on how many millions it will ultimately cost the rateapayers. Anything he touches turns to custard.

    • steve and monique

      V8s should have always been at Hampton downs.

  • Pita

    Ford today…Holden tomorrow…what took them so long?

    • Rockfield

      I don’t think that Holden is much longer viable as well. Not with the AU government subsidies.
      R.

  • Mr Sackunkrak

    Unions. That’s all I have to say.

  • Dave

    Fix or repair daily

  • steve and monique

    Falcon Extinct. Good name for the last production run

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