Secure a Falcon while you can

By Grant Edwards

Ford Falcon sales continue to fall and production in Australia will cease from 2016.
Ford Falcon sales continue to fall and production in Australia will cease from 2016.

The Ford Falcon may die before the Blue Oval pulls stumps on Aussie manufacturing in 2016.

Latest Australian VFACTS sales figures show Falcon sales continue to spiral, with only 573 sold in August. That's 21 fewer than last month, which had been the Falcon's worst performance in history.

Holden, meanwhile, is enjoying a Commodore resurgence. It's not the heady days of old, but on the back of the new VF platform, Holden sold more than 2800 Commodores last month.

Holden took 66.7 per cent of the large car market, while Ford dropped to 13.6 per cent.

Ford said the poor results were expected following the Government's fringe benefits tax change announcement. Falcon sales plummeted following the announcement.

The Territory SUV has also taken a sales hit. Only 834 Territorys were sold in August, which is nearly half the figure achieved about two months ago.

Holden moved back into the number two overall position behind Toyota, with the new Holden Malibu scoring more than 240 sales in the mid-size segment. Mazda maintained its strong sales position, dropping back to third overall but is still nearly 3000 units ahead of where it was at the same time last year.

Overall, the August 2013 market of 93,336 new vehicle sales is a decrease of 216 vehicle sales or 0.2 per cent on August 2012 (93,552 vehicle sales). August 2013 (26.5) had an equal amount of selling days as August 2012, resulting in a decrease of eight vehicle sales per day.

Top Aussie sellers

1. Mazda3

2. Toyota Corolla

3.Toyota Hilux

4.Holden Commodore

5. Hyundai i30

- NZ Herald

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