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Australian-engineered components to underpin all-new Mustang on sale here within two years

Some of Ford Australia’s ill-fated Falcon will live on within the Blue Oval’s sixth-generation Mustang, which will next month be confirmed for local release in 2015.

The return of Ford’s famed Pony Car to Australia for the first time since 2003, when Ford sold the last of less than 400 Tickford-converted examples (pictured), has been anticipated since Ford confirmed its new flagship coupe will be also be produced in right-hand drive form.

But speculation shifted into top gear after Ford announced it will disclose a number of new models for Australia in Sydney on August 13 as part of a commitment to expand its current model portfolio by 30 per cent by 2016, when it will kill off the Falcon and cease local manufacturing after more than 90 years.

Motoring can confirm Ford Australia President Bob Graziano and Ford Motor Company Executive Vice-President of Global Marketing, Sales & Service and Lincoln, Jim Farley, will use the ‘Go Further: A Vision for Australia’ function to confirm the Mk6 Mustang for Australia.

Ford has already announced a December release for its all-new EcoSport compact SUV, and we understand the all-new seven-seat off-road wagon developed by Ford Australia from the Melbourne-designed Ranger ute will bring to at least three the number of additional Ford models to be launched here within three years.

Another new nameplate will be XR8, which will be revived as part of the FH Falcon range due in the second half of next year. As expected, the 2014 XR8 sedan will essentially be a rebadged, new-look version of FPV’s slow-selling supercharged 335kW GT sports sedan.

According to a Fairfax report, the born-again XR8 will become Ford Australia’s performance flagship in about 12 months when Ford, which assumed full control of FPV in February, will close the doors of its performance brand and kill off its Falcon-based GS, GT and F6 sedan and ute models – rather than develop upgraded FH versions of them.

The XR8’s top-shelf status will be short-lived, however, with the first factory Mustang to be sold in Australia since the late 1960s set to replace it as Ford’s finest performance model here in early 2015, before the Falcon is retired after more than 56 years in October 2016.

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