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Falcon and Commodore might disappear forever

It seems impossible to contemplate, but two iconic cars in New Zealand, the Falcon and the Commodore, might be gone forever by this time next year.

That’s if certain Australian motor industry watchers are to be believed.

A number of industry and media people in Australia are pointing to the fact that Ford and GM in the US are close to bankruptcy.

To survive, they are certain to have their eye on closing down low-volume operations such as Ford Australia and Holden.

Already several hundred Australian jobs have been cut by the pair.

Ford Australia makes two models, the Falcon and the Territory SUV, which are sold only in Australia and New Zealand. GM Holden makes the Commodore range for Australia and New Zealand but manages to export some versions of the vehicles to a handful of other markets.

Both the Holden product and the Ford Australia product are in the increasingly less popular large six cylinder and V8 category. Neither company can offer an Australian-made small car or a diesel-powered one.

If the two brands fall, the only car company left assembling product in Australia would be Toyota, which industry observers believe is in a cash position to weather some bad times.

Mitsubishi Australia closed its doors in February.

More by by Peter Gill

Comments and questions
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gee what will hapeen to the "Great Race". Bathurst will have to go back to 2 litre turbos!
Bring it on I say.

Get rid of all cars. Blow 'em up!

Dear mr peter gill its sad to hear or even think that this will happen in the future .Good luck with your job!because thousands of others will be with out a job this xmas.Your just a person who just likes to make up bullcrap like all media related story issues! shut up and get your facts right!Its all a lie!

Sorry if Japanese make superior cars, back to skylines ripping up the mt.

Lighter, more technology, faster.

I live in Abu Dhabi, The sales of Commodores here is substaincial
Holden / GM have a reasonable market share. More Commodores are sold here than NZ.
With Petrol at NZ$0.50 litre it is no suprise.