Ford Axes The Falcon Wagon

Mike Stevens | Mar 25, 2010

FORD AUSTRALIA HAS announced today that it will discontinue the Falcon wagon this year, with the last wagon to roll off the line in June.

The news follows reports last year that Ford was considering the wagon's future, Ford Australia CEO Marin Burela confirming then that a decision would be made by this past January.

In a media teleconference yesterday, Mr Burela said that after an internal review and discussions with customers, the time had come to retire the Falcon wagon, but that Ford Australia hoped to replace it with a diesel version of the Mondeo wagon - a model already available in the European market.

“It’s done an outstanding job for us over the years and has certainly delivered to customer expectation,” Mr Burela said.

“We’re very, very comfortable with the decision. It was a great car then … it still is a great car now, but we’re now moving forward.”

While the Falcon wagon has been a staple of the local Ford line-up since 1960, the current BF Mk III model - essentially an updated AU - was not replaced in the newer FG Falcon line-up.

Today, most of the Falcon wagon's sales are to fleet buyers. In all, Falcon wagon sales made up less than 2500 of the 31,000 Falcon sales in 2009.

The current model Falcon wagon is only available in the entry-level XT specification, and Ford Australia is hoping that the Mondeo's higher-spec wagon models will make the difference in coming months.

An end to the Falcon wagon has looked likely for some time, with Ford devoting little development time to the model - the current generation runs only the carmaker's older six-cylinder petrol engine or the E-Gas engine, along with the older four-speed automatic transmission.

Mr Burela said that one advantage of discontinuing the Falcon wagon and moving to the imported Mondeo wagon is that the company's Broadmeadows plant will gain capacity for other variants, including the upcoming turbocharged four-cylinder Falcon.

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  • Terri10 says,
    6 years ago
    OK now is the time for Ford to introduce a cut-price fleet special Territory when they release the diesel. The current XT spec Territory could be despecced to better suit suit tradies.
  • Wheelnut
    Wheelnut says,
    6 years ago
    By getting rid of the wagon all Ford are doing is handing sales over to the Holden Sportwagon which has proven to be quite popular.... just as they did when they got rid of the Fairlane.... and if Ford [US] decide to make the 2015 Falcon FWD [although I don't think they will] they can say goodbye to even more sales > to Holden.

  • Bryant Morris says,
    6 years ago
    Another locally manufactured car gone from the market...
  • MotoWebbi says,
    6 years ago
    Agree Terri10....and while they're at it...a panel van and ute variant, and a police and taxi pack!
  • Wheelnut
    Wheelnut says,
    6 years ago
    I have seen a couple of Territories being used by the Police -for both the Dog Squad and Crash Investigation Unit etc
    I have also seen a couple of Territories used as Taxis mainly to shuffle passengers to from the Airport and CBD Hotels

    A Ute version of the Territory would be interesting. It would give Ford something to compete against the Hilux & Navara

    If they made a Panel van Territory; they would have to lower it a fair bit to make it more practical - for Surfers etc
  • says,
    6 years ago
    No loss. I drive an XT e-gas and if the sums are correct the diesel Mondeo will give similar economy.
    The diesel won't eat coils like jatz crackers, and hopefully the top coating won't peel of the steering wheel.
    Basically I think the AU updated wagon has been run past its used by date.
    Its only plus is space, not matched by the Commode wagon.
  • MJ
    MJ says,
    6 years ago
    Confession time.
    I drive an AUIII Falcon station wagon.
    My previous vehicle was an EF Falcon station wagon.

    My son drives a BA Falcon station wagon.
    One of my daughters drives an AUII Falcon station wagon.

    Make of that what you will.
    Good value I reckon.

    I wouldn't bother with a front wheel drive wagon.
    So I guess I'll have to join the SUV mob.

  • Denny the Dingo says,
    5 years ago
    no image at present
  • Denny the Dingo says,
    5 years ago
    G,day,I've got a Falcon SR 3 Wagon & am seeking similar owners
  • Corina says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    Guess I will have to go Holden after 30 years when my BFIII retires. Bad mistake Ford!
  • wagon mum says,
    3 years ago
    Fairlaine wagon, now on our second falcon wagon, does no one at ford understand that the holidays, stroller ,sport and shopping space is what we want in a falcon. AUSTRALIAN built . Come on Ford your going backwards instaed of forward, where do we go for a family wagon not an SUV... my kids now say a falcon but I like the boot space in the wagon.
    Where is the protection for our workers and car industry..
    if you want to come back Ford listen to the travellerds. your faithful wagon supporters.

    • Frank Farrell says,
      2 years ago
      1 like
      Who in the wide world is Ford listening to?? certainly not the families of Australia. I live in rural West Aussie, and a reliable wagon that wont overheat in 40+degrees celcius with a good load on board is a necessity. Come on Ford you can keep the 6 cylinder wagon going and make it better and better with all the new technology developing.

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