Ford will axe its Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV) two years before it winds up its manufacturing operations in Australia.
The company announced in a media statement yesterday that it will discontinue the range, which includes the famous Falcon GT, in 2014. The closure of the Broadmeadows factory will occur no later than October 2016.
In the same statement, the company said that the V8-engined XR8 will make a comeback. It will be available late next year, at the same time as the Territory SUV is expected to be released.
Ford Australia Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Service Graeme Whickman acknowledged the fact that the FPV have had a successful 12 years in Australia.
"We appreciate all of the great team members, dealers, customers and fans who have supported FPV through its history. We look forward to sharing further details of the final FPV models and the new XR8 over the coming months," he said.
"We have received a lot of interest and continued requests from Falcon fans to bring back the XR8. Re-introducing the XR8 sedan, packaged in our updated Falcon, will make our renowned locally-engineered and manufactured V8 engine available to a broader group of people."
Although Ford’s local manufacturing operations will wind up in 2016, it will continue to have a presence in this country. The company has committed to increasing the size of its team of Australian designers and engineers to 1100 by that time.