Recent reports from the motoring press suggest that by 2016 the Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore will be no more.
Once the staples of Australian motoring, with peak annual sales topping out at around 80,000 for the Falcon and 100,000 for the Commodore, the brands have now succumbed to larger SUVs and more fuel efficient medium and small-sized cars.
While sales have been dropping dramatically for the two models, the history and familiarity the Falcon and Commodore had for Australians arguable kept motorists buying Fords and Holdens, even if they weren't the traditional family cars.
Many a Territory owner was proud of a Dick John Racing Falcon Bathurst win, while some Cruze owners would remember the long family drives in the Commodore station wagon.
But with Toyota, Mazda and Volkswagen now locked in battle to be sales kings, and with up and comers such as Hyundai and Kia nipping at their heels, does this spell the downfall for Ford and Holden in Australia?
Their range of cars including the Territory, Cruze, Focus and Barina are keeping them in the game, but will it be enough to go up against the might of the Corolla, Golf, BT-50 and others?
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