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.
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