Saturday, January 23, 2010

Ford Falcon celebrates 50 years

That’s right – it has been fifty years since the first Falcon rolled off the assembly line and came to our shores. To celebrate, I bought myself a Falcon Ute – an XH model, one of the rare ones (yes, I finally bought a ute).

Ford, to celebrate, decided to cancel the Falcons.

For the two people who are reading this but have not heard the news, Ford have announced that they will discontinue “regional” cars and use a single large sedan for all countries. From a business perspective, this makes a lot of sense. It means that they have to spend less money on research and development of different vehicles that do the same job and they will need to produce fewer spare parts.

For the end user, it is the end of an era.

I don’t really partake in the big “Ford vs. Holden” mentality that has been the primary focus of car enthusiasts for as long as my generation has been around. I guess this means that Holden wins?

At any rate, I doubt that this will affect me too much. I only buy old, second hand (more like tenth hand) cars. If I really wanted to support Falcons then I would go out and buy a couple of brand new ones. Since that ain’t gonna happen, then I’m not going to kick up a fuss.

I’ll keep driving my XH for as long as I can – though with the increasing fuel prices, I don’t know how long that will be…

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