Mark Twain had the bizarre pleasure of reading his own obituary. It would be a salutary experience.

So far the Falcon is set to finish first… Pic: Supplied

The obit for Australian car manufacturing, however, has the aspect of a soap opera. It’s been running for years with the same grinding inevitability and fading stars.

Rumours that the death have of those one-time Strayan icons –  Ford’s Falcon and Holden’s Commodore – have not in fact been exaggerated were confirmed today at the Detroit motor show. Once the champions in the two-horse race that was the local new car stakes, both nameplates will be sent to the knackery in 2016 (or at best be assigned to imported American models).

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  • elhombre says:

    06:28pm | 16/01/13

    I’m driving a supercharged 4.2L Jaguar XF here. Aussie sticker price was $167,700. I paid $34,000. I like the Falcons and when I come home will buy one (maybe a 12 month old model) and will just have to accept that it is overpirced. Read more »

  • marley says:

    06:18pm | 16/01/13

    Look, the reality is, many, many Australians don’t want big cars.  They live in cities, they commute to work, they do stop and start driving, and the Falcodores simply aren’t the best cars for that.  The problem is not Ford and Holden not getting their marketing across; it’s that Ford… Read more »


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