Hello, Allpar Forums member or visitor! If you were a member, you would not see this ad!

Register or log in at the top right of the page...

  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Australian car industry completely collapses..no more production

Discussion in 'Auto News & Rumors' started by Fast Eddie, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. GLHS60

    GLHS60 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2008
    Messages:
    1,390
    Likes:
    372
    Sad news, Australia had some great locally built cars.

    Their aftermarket builds some great ignitions and Engine parts, hopefully they survive.

    They're known for their crazy burnout contests!!

    And Drag and road racing.

    Thanks
    Randy
     
  2. jimboy

    jimboy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2006
    Messages:
    909
    Likes:
    621
    Yes, it's a shame! The sad results of globalization and cost cutting. While it may look good on the financials, it's devastating to the local economies. I wonder if Canada may be next? and then perhaps the U.S as production simply becomes cheaper elsewhere?
     
    Andy4.7 and tomit like this.
  3. KrisW

    KrisW Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2015
    Messages:
    1,115
    Likes:
    1,896
    Canada won't be next.The Canadian automotive industry is much more integrated with its counterpart in the USA: Windsor, Ontario is closer to the city of Detroit than any other FCA plant. Australia's industry was always risky because the domestic market is so small, and the country is so geographically isolated from the rest of the world, that it could be replaced by imports if conditions turned against domestic production.

    And conditions did turn. Australia has undergone an enormous inflation in its currency in the last 30 years, with no adjustment in domestic prices, and that makes building anything in Australia very expensive compared to importing it. I remember back in the 1990s, one Australian dollar being the equivalent of about 45 US cents; today it's more like 75 cents, but that's only after a collapse: it has been US$1.00 and higher over the last decade. Thing is, the prices of goods and services in Australia are still framed by the historically low value of the AUD, which is why it costs about 8 Australian dollars for a takeaway coffee in central Melbourne.
     
  4. redriderbob

    redriderbob Mopar Guru!
    Level 2 Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2004
    Messages:
    9,505
    Likes:
    15,004
    Sounds like the next generation of Dodge vehicles will be going down to the land of OZ.
     
    con383 and ScramFan like this.
  5. Bearhawke

    Bearhawke Things happen for a reason

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2003
    Messages:
    13,604
    Likes:
    335
    I place a LOT of the blame on manufacturers not staying with a few basic platforms worldwide. Case in point; the current Mustang platform could've underpinned a new Ford Falcon in both R and LHD. FCA has its LY platform already available in both L and RHD along with offering a V8 option everywhere. GM: that's an especially sad case since it could've built some of the Holden Commodore based models here in North America.
     
  6. con383

    con383 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2005
    Messages:
    1,784
    Likes:
    239
    yep ..... we're in a world of hurt and its gonna get worse, Been out of work for almost two years and struggling to pay my bills.
     
    Shane Estabrooks likes this.
  7. somber

    somber 370,000 miles
    Level III Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2014
    Messages:
    1,056
    Likes:
    1,379
    Wow, that's rough. I really hope things get better for you, and fast. I'm going to be praying for you.
     
  8. con383

    con383 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2005
    Messages:
    1,784
    Likes:
    239
    Thank you, The repercussions go deeper With Holden and ford Australia the main suppliers of rhd cars to a large part of the world. Yeah this market is tiny compered to the U.S but it will get bigger !!
     
    Bearhawke and somber like this.
  9. redriderbob

    redriderbob Mopar Guru!
    Level 2 Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2004
    Messages:
    9,505
    Likes:
    15,004
    Sadly Holden is going from awesome vehicles like the Commodore and UTE to basic GM FWD vehicles...

    Satellite.jpg

    Chevrolet SS would have sold better if it would have had the body kit of the Redline.

    Satellite (1).jpg

    [​IMG]

    Now the 2018 Commodore become a rebadged Buick Regal.
     
    ScramFan likes this.
  10. redriderbob

    redriderbob Mopar Guru!
    Level 2 Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2004
    Messages:
    9,505
    Likes:
    15,004
    Ford axed the Falcon and Falcon UTE and basically everyone has the Mustang (which is at least RWD) and the Mondeo (Fusion) to choice from.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  11. GasAxe

    GasAxe Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2008
    Messages:
    4,426
    Likes:
    5,141
    I would be really worried about the 300 (and to a smaller extent the Charger) if GM got their head out of their nether regions and made the Regal RWD.
     
  12. redriderbob

    redriderbob Mopar Guru!
    Level 2 Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2004
    Messages:
    9,505
    Likes:
    15,004
     
  13. GasAxe

    GasAxe Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2008
    Messages:
    4,426
    Likes:
    5,141
    After watching the video, I stand by my statement. RWD is the make or break difference in markets where sales of contemporary FWD sedans are dropping while RWD sedans maintain or grow sales. I wish the Dodges and 300 could get back into the Aussie market because I think they would seriously dominate.
     
  14. GLHS60

    GLHS60 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2008
    Messages:
    1,390
    Likes:
    372
    An Australian guy on another site I visit mentioned "hooning" played a part in the industry's demise.

    Can't talk about it here but a search will give some insight.

    Thanks
    Randy
     
    Shane Estabrooks likes this.
  15. Shane Estabrooks

    Shane Estabrooks Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2014
    Messages:
    519
    Likes:
    323
    Just think ... what if Hellcat's were affordable in Australia
     
  16. Shane Estabrooks

    Shane Estabrooks Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2014
    Messages:
    519
    Likes:
    323
    This is very sad news... thousands of jobs... and very nice cars too.
     
  17. CivoLee

    CivoLee Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2012
    Messages:
    201
    Likes:
    230
    There have been rumors that the next Mazda 6 will be RWD. After seeing the Vision Coupe concept's RWD proportions as well as them hinting it may become the next Mazda 6, it's conceivable said rumors might have some truth to them...

    FCA might want to consider fast-tracking the Giulia-based Dodge midsize, otherwise Mazda might beat them to the market with an affordable RWD midsizer!
     
  18. Bearhawke

    Bearhawke Things happen for a reason

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2003
    Messages:
    13,604
    Likes:
    335
    :(
    Darn sight better looking cars than our Taurus :(
     
    redriderbob likes this.
  19. Stéphane Dumas

    Stéphane Dumas Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2002
    Messages:
    2,891
    Likes:
    205
    That'll be going full circle, the very first gen Mazda 6 predecessor, the 626 started as a RWD model in 1980 before switching to FWD for the 1983 model year.
     

Share This Page

Loading...