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    Ford Australia's FPV Division To Go The Way Of The Dodo Bird


    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    July 19, 2013

    With the recent news of Ford shuttering its Australian operations, the question arose of what would happen with the Ford Performance Vehicle (FPV) division. That division which was founded in 2002 has created some of the fastest Ford vehicles down in Australia. Well it seems that FPV will be closing up shop.

    A source at Ford tells Drive.com.au that FPV will be shuttered when the final iteration of the Falcon is launched next year. No word on how many jobs will be lost. In 2012 when Ford got full ownership of FPV, the company removed 32 jobs and move the rest into Ford Australia's internal operations.

    "We are not in a position to comment on FPV and any future product plans at this point," said Ford Australia spokesman, Neil McDonald.

    After FPV is disbanded, Ford will still serve fans of Fast Ford by resurrecting the Falcon XR8 which will utilize the same supercharged V8 engine, Brembo brakes, and sports suspension found on the current FPV GT Falcon. After that, no one is really sure. McDonald told Drive that Ford's global vice president of sales and marketing, Jim Farley would be in Australia next month to outline some of the coming changes.

    Source: Drive.com.au

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    While it is always sad to see cult little divisions that make amazing autos go away, in today's global market I can see the economy of scale going to merging the FPV into their performance division in Detroit. Hopefully Ford can capture what this small group did and add it to the mojo of their current performance group here for a Global performance approach.

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      It was an exciting day when Ford announced that the Ranger and Bronco would be coming back. But then disappointment arrived as an alleged Ford employee said on Reddit that the Bronco would be a slightly re-worked Everest SUV (cue sad trombone). A Ford executive has cleared the air somewhat on the Bronco, and it is good news.
      Ford's Chief Technical Officer Raj Nair told Autoline in an interview that while the Bronco would be based on the Ranger/Everest platform, it would be its own vehicle.
      “No, it’s a separate vehicle. It will be an incremental vehicle from the Everest. The Everest kind of serves a lot of off-road capability; maybe the space of the Explorer serves here in the U.S., but with a body-on-frame construction with a lot more off-road capability for the rest of the world. This Bronco is completely unique from that Everest. It is body-on-frame and so again, focusing on that off-road capability.”
      Nair also revealed that the Bronco would be somewhere in between the small Bronco (1966-1977) and big Bronco (1992-1996).
      “This new Bronco will be based off the Ranger platform and so it’s going to be a similarly sized vehicle to what you see in the Ranger. Now, for our American customers who have never seen that global Ranger, it’s a bit bigger than the Ranger we used to have here in the U.S., so I would say it’s kind of in-between in what you saw with that really big Bronco and then the smaller Bronco,” said Nair.
      So everyone, take a deep breath. It seems that it is going to be ok.
      Source: Autoline
       

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