This article is about the Australian car model. For models produced for other countries, see Ford Falcon. The Ford Falcon was a full-sized car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company of Australia from 1960 to 2016. From the XA series of 1972 onward, each Falcon and range of derivates have been designed, developed, and built in Australia, following the phasing ford everest workshop manual pdf of the American-influenced Falcon of 1960 to 1971, which had been re-engineered locally as the XK to XY series for the harsher Australian conditions.
The luxury-oriented Ford Fairmont model joined the range from 1965. The Ford Falcon and its derivates have been Australian-made best-sellers, with over 3,000,000 sales in seven generations to 2003, almost exclusively in Australia and New Zealand, but also South Africa. Along with its closest Australian-made rival, the Holden Commodore, the Falcon has dominated the ranks of taxis in Australia and New Zealand, as well as police car and company fleets.
In its last incarnation as the FG X series, the body style of the Falcon range consisted of sedan and utility body styles. Luxury variants of the current model Falcon, collectively known as the G Series, were marketed as the Ford G6, G6E, and G6E Turbo, which replaced the long-standing Fairmont and Fairmont Ghia models. The Falcon platform had also spawned luxury models such as the Landau coupe and long-wheelbase Fairlane and LTD sedans. In May 2013, Ford Australia announced the end of local production, which comprises Falcon and its closely related Territory crossover SUV, by October 2016.
This decision is attributable to Ford Motor Company’s “One Ford” product development plan introduced in 2008 to rationalise its global range. The final Ford Falcon, a blue XR6, rolled off the production line on 7 October 2016. During the 1950s, Ford’s Australian sales were faltering due to the popularity of the Holden which did not have an effective competitor.
Ford assembled the British Zephyr and its Consul and Zodiac derivatives. However, while these cars were moderately successful and had a good reputation, Ford could not match Holden’s price, so sales suffered. One of the reasons for the price difference was the higher cost of imported parts, which were subject to an import tariff.