Ford has confirmed its FG X Falcon is the most home-grown vehicle built in the country.
The swansong model before Ford's planned manufacturing exit in October 2016 sources 70 per cent of its parts from Australian suppliers – more than any other vehicle built in Australia. As a comparison, about 50 per cent of the current Holden Commodore is made up of locally-sourced content, while the Toyota Camry uses about 65 per cent of Australian components.
Speaking with Drive at the launch of the updated Falcon and Territory this week, Ford vehicle line director David Wilkinson said contracts were renewed among most Australian suppliers following a tender process.
"There's very little changed in this program compared with the predecessor," Wilkinson said.
"The biggest change is probably the headlamps and the taillamps. Previously Hella made those locally but the headlamps are now from Thailand and the taillamps are from Taiwan.
"Other than that there is not much change at all."
Wilkinson said that most Australian firms were able to adapt to technology changes needed in the FG X Falcon, and were therefore deemed the most effective supplier.
"We didn't make any conscious decisions on sources. It was really who was prepared to quote and who could quote for our business in the time frame," Wilkinson said.
"The parts suppliers also had to adapt to the changes in technology, which most Australian companies were able to do.
"The 70 per cent is calculated using the same methodology that everyone else uses for local content; it's the industry way of doing it."
The last ever Falcon and Territory variants were produced on a shoestring budget, with total development costs coming in at $103.5 million. The total figure included $34 million worth of government co-investment.
Despite the release of the new models, Ford Australia plans to keep its production capped at 83 vehicle per day. It's believed Ford only intends to produce 18,000 Falcon and Territory models in 2015.
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