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History of Ford in New Zealand

History of Ford in New Zealand

History of Ford
  • 1936 - 1956

    1936 - 1956

    1936 Company incorporated; First vehicle produced - Canadian V8; First dealer conference
    1939 With the outbreak of war, total Ford NZ resources were handed over the NZ Government for defense purposes
    1940-45 War time production: Vehicles - 10,423
    1946 Fordson Major Tractor introduced to New Zealand
    First passenger car assembled since 1940, rolled off the final assembly line
    1948 Canadian V8 Custom Fordor "Fortyniner" introduced
    1949 Production of V8 Pilot from Ford of England commenced at Lower Hutt
    1950 5000th Fordson Major Tractor assembled at Lower Hutt
    1951 Introduction of Five Star Consul and Zephyr
    Introduction of 1951 Canadian V8 Custom Fordor
    1952 Introduction of Fordson Major Tractor
    1953 Ford 50th anniversary celebrations  
    1954 Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh visit Lower Hutt Plant
    Production of 100E Anglia
    Production of four door Prefect
    1956 Production of Mark II Consul and Zephyr
    1936 Company incorporated; First vehicle produced - Canadian V8; First dealer conference
    1939 With the outbreak of war, total Ford NZ resources were handed over the NZ Government for defense purposes
    1940-45 War time production: Vehicles - 10,423
    1946 Fordson Major Tractor introduced to New Zealand
    First passenger car assembled since 1940, rolled off the final assembly line
    1948 Canadian V8 Custom Fordor "Fortyniner" introduced
    1949 Production of V8 Pilot from Ford of England commenced at Lower Hutt
    1950 5000th Fordson Major Tractor assembled at Lower Hutt
    1951 Introduction of Five Star Consul and Zephyr
    Introduction of 1951 Canadian V8 Custom Fordor
    1952 Introduction of Fordson Major Tractor
    1953 Ford 50th anniversary celebrations  
    1954 Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh visit Lower Hutt Plant
    Production of 100E Anglia
    Production of four door Prefect
    1956 Production of Mark II Consul and Zephyr
  • 1957 - 1976

    1957 - 1976

    1957 Introduction of New Thames Trader Truck range
    1959 New Anglia announced
    1961 Consul 315 introduced
    Parts and Accessories Warehouse constructed on site adjacent to Lower Hutt Assembly Plant
    Ford New Zealand 25th anniversary celebrations
    1962 Introduction of the Cortina
    1964 Purchase of land at Wiri, Auckland, for future development
    1965 New National Parts Depot opened in Auckland
    1966 Expansion of Lower Hutt Assembly operations (Plant 2) by utilising vacated P&S depot.
    Australian assembly of Falcon began, imported to NZ
    1968 Introduction of Escort
    1970 Ministry of Transport order for 143 Zephyr patrol cars
    Ford Dealer used car sales exceeded 100 daily sales for the first time
    1971 Visit by Henry Ford II to Auckland and Wellington operations
    Ground breaking for Wiri Assembly Plant
    1972 Wiri Assembly Plant major building work completed
    1973 First Falcon off Wiri Assembly Line and Transmission and Chassis Plants
    Official opening of Wiri Assembly
    1974 First oil shock - Falcon production reduced
    1975 Falcon XB introduced
    Mark II Escort introduced at Auckland
    1976 XC Falcon introduced 
    1979 XD Falcon introduced
    1980 Last Escorts built
    1981 Introduction of the Laser
    2-bay extension to increase capacity from 40 to 62 units per day
    Alloy Wheel Plant established at Wiri
    1982 XE Falcon introduced
    1983 Telstar introduced at Lower Hutt
    Name change from Wiri to Auckland operations
    1984 Sierra wagon introduced at Lower Hutt assembly
    1985 XF Falcon introduced
    Alloy Wheel Plant wins Export Award
    1986 50-year celebration of Ford New Zealand
    Facelift Telstar including 50th anniversary Telstar 2.0i
    1987 Facelift Laser range
    1988 Closure of Lower Hutt assembly ending Sierra wagon
    Introduction of 1988 Telstar range, including Telstar wagon
    EA Falcon introduced.
    1989 Facelift Telstar launched including TX5GT
    Alloy Wheel Plant receives the Q1 award
    1990 Feb 28, Ford acquires Jaguar Cars for $2.5 billion. 
    Mar 1, Harold Poling succeeds Donald Petersen as chairman of the board: Philip Benton Jr elected company president.
    1991 Launch of Courier 4x4 double cab
    2.0L engines in all SWB Econovans
    Launch of Falcon EB V8
    Launch of new Laser including introduction of TX3, and Falcon EB
    1992 2.2 litre engines in Courie
    Launch of new Telstar
    Introduction of power steering on LWB Econovan
    Introduction of 4x2 Courier Crew Cab, with 2.6-litre injected engine
    Introduction of Falcon EB upgrade, ABS on all models except GL
    2.2 litre diesel wellside Courier introduced
    Power steering and central locking on SWB Econovan
    Central locking on LWB Econovan
    1993 Ford Motor Company established modern dealerships in mainland China, less than a year later Ford China operates Ford manufacturing and assembly.
    US Ford Motor Company reached new heights when five of the country's eight top selling vehicles were Fords.
    1994 VANZ Assembly Plant achieves Q1
    3-pt inertia rear seat belt for centre passenger on all Falcon sedans
    Launch of EF Falcon
    Launch of new model Laser
    1995 Launch of Transit
    Launch of EFII Falcon
    1996 Launch of Taurus
    Launch of EL Falcon
    Launch of Explorer
    1957 Introduction of New Thames Trader Truck range
    1959 New Anglia announced
    1961 Consul 315 introduced
    Parts and Accessories Warehouse constructed on site adjacent to Lower Hutt Assembly Plant
    Ford New Zealand 25th anniversary celebrations
    1962 Introduction of the Cortina
    1964 Purchase of land at Wiri, Auckland, for future development
    1965 New National Parts Depot opened in Auckland
    1966 Expansion of Lower Hutt Assembly operations (Plant 2) by utilising vacated P&S depot.
    Australian assembly of Falcon began, imported to NZ
    1968 Introduction of Escort
    1970 Ministry of Transport order for 143 Zephyr patrol cars
    Ford Dealer used car sales exceeded 100 daily sales for the first time
    1971 Visit by Henry Ford II to Auckland and Wellington operations
    Ground breaking for Wiri Assembly Plant
    1972 Wiri Assembly Plant major building work completed
    1973 First Falcon off Wiri Assembly Line and Transmission and Chassis Plants
    Official opening of Wiri Assembly
    1974 First oil shock - Falcon production reduced
    1975 Falcon XB introduced
    Mark II Escort introduced at Auckland
    1976 XC Falcon introduced 
  • 1977 - 1996

    1977 - 1996

    1979 XD Falcon introduced
    1980 Last Escorts built
    1981 Introduction of the Laser
    2-bay extension to increase capacity from 40 to 62 units per day
    Alloy Wheel Plant established at Wiri
    1982 XE Falcon introduced
    1983 Telstar introduced at Lower Hutt
    Name change from Wiri to Auckland operations
    1984 Sierra wagon introduced at Lower Hutt assembly
    1985 XF Falcon introduced
    Alloy Wheel Plant wins Export Award
    1986 50-year celebration of Ford New Zealand
    Facelift Telstar including 50th anniversary Telstar 2.0i
    1987 Facelift Laser range
    1988 Closure of Lower Hutt assembly ending Sierra wagon
    Introduction of 1988 Telstar range, including Telstar wagon
    EA Falcon introduced.
    1989 Facelift Telstar launched including TX5GT
    Alloy Wheel Plant receives the Q1 award
    1990 Feb 28, Ford acquires Jaguar Cars for $2.5 billion. 
    Mar 1, Harold Poling succeeds Donald Petersen as chairman of the board: Philip Benton Jr elected company president.
    1991 Launch of Courier 4x4 double cab
    2.0L engines in all SWB Econovans
    Launch of Falcon EB V8
    Launch of new Laser including introduction of TX3, and Falcon EB
    1992 2.2 litre engines in Courie
    Launch of new Telstar
    Introduction of power steering on LWB Econovan
    Introduction of 4x2 Courier Crew Cab, with 2.6-litre injected engine
    Introduction of Falcon EB upgrade, ABS on all models except GL
    2.2 litre diesel wellside Courier introduced
    Power steering and central locking on SWB Econovan
    Central locking on LWB Econovan
    1993 Ford Motor Company established modern dealerships in mainland China, less than a year later Ford China operates Ford manufacturing and assembly.
    US Ford Motor Company reached new heights when five of the country's eight top selling vehicles were Fords.
    1994 VANZ Assembly Plant achieves Q1
    3-pt inertia rear seat belt for centre passenger on all Falcon sedans
    Launch of EF Falcon
    Launch of new model Laser
    1995 Launch of Transit
    Launch of EFII Falcon
    1996 Launch of Taurus
    Launch of EL Falcon
    Launch of Explorer

    1979 XD Falcon introduced 1980 Last Escorts built
    1981 Introduction of the Laser
    2-bay extension to increase capacity from 40 to 62 units per day
    Alloy Wheel Plant established at Wiri 1982 XE Falcon introduced 1983 Telstar introduced at Lower Hutt
    Name change from Wiri to Auckland operations 1984 Sierra wagon introduced at Lower Hutt assembly 1985 XF Falcon introduced
    Alloy Wheel Plant wins Export Award 1986 50-year celebration of Ford New Zealand
    Facelift Telstar including 50th anniversary Telstar 2.0i 1987 Facelift Laser range 1988 Closure of Lower Hutt assembly ending Sierra wagon
    Introduction of 1988 Telstar range, including Telstar wagon
    EA Falcon introduced. 1989 Facelift Telstar launched including TX5GT
    Alloy Wheel Plant receives the Q1 award 1990 Feb 28, Ford acquires Jaguar Cars for $2.5 billion. 
    Mar 1, Harold Poling succeeds Donald Petersen as chairman of the board: Philip Benton Jr elected company president.
    1991 Launch of Courier 4x4 double cab
    2.0L engines in all SWB Econovans
    Launch of Falcon EB V8
    Launch of new Laser including introduction of TX3, and Falcon EB 1992 2.2 litre engines in Courie
    Launch of new Telstar
    Introduction of power steering on LWB Econovan
    Introduction of 4x2 Courier Crew Cab, with 2.6-litre injected engine
    Introduction of Falcon EB upgrade, ABS on all models except GL
    2.2 litre diesel wellside Courier introduced
    Power steering and central locking on SWB Econovan
    Central locking on LWB Econovan 1993 Ford Motor Company established modern dealerships in mainland China, less than a year later Ford China operates Ford manufacturing and assembly.
    US Ford Motor Company reached new heights when five of the country's eight top selling vehicles were Fords.
    1994 VANZ Assembly Plant achieves Q1
    3-pt inertia rear seat belt for centre passenger on all Falcon sedans
    Launch of EF Falcon
    Launch of new model Laser 1995 Launch of Transit
    Launch of EFII Falcon 1996 Launch of Taurus
    Launch of EL Falcon
    Launch of Explorer

    1979 XD Falcon introduced
    1980 Last Escorts built
    1981 Introduction of the Laser
    2-bay extension to increase capacity from 40 to 62 units per day
    Alloy Wheel Plant established at Wiri
    1982 XE Falcon introduced
    1983 Telstar introduced at Lower Hutt
    Name change from Wiri to Auckland operations
    1984 Sierra wagon introduced at Lower Hutt assembly
    1985 XF Falcon introduced
    Alloy Wheel Plant wins Export Award
    1986 50-year celebration of Ford New Zealand
    Facelift Telstar including 50th anniversary Telstar 2.0i
    1987 Facelift Laser range
    1988 Closure of Lower Hutt assembly ending Sierra wagon
    Introduction of 1988 Telstar range, including Telstar wagon
    EA Falcon introduced.
    1989 Facelift Telstar launched including TX5GT
    Alloy Wheel Plant receives the Q1 award
    1990 Feb 28, Ford acquires Jaguar Cars for $2.5 billion. 
    Mar 1, Harold Poling succeeds Donald Petersen as chairman of the board: Philip Benton Jr elected company president.
    1991 Launch of Courier 4x4 double cab
    2.0L engines in all SWB Econovans
    Launch of Falcon EB V8
    Launch of new Laser including introduction of TX3, and Falcon EB
    1992 2.2 litre engines in Courie
    Launch of new Telstar
    Introduction of power steering on LWB Econovan
    Introduction of 4x2 Courier Crew Cab, with 2.6-litre injected engine
    Introduction of Falcon EB upgrade, ABS on all models except GL
    2.2 litre diesel wellside Courier introduced
    Power steering and central locking on SWB Econovan
    Central locking on LWB Econovan
    1993 Smartlock remote locking and security system introduced on all Falcon product
    ABS introduced on Falcon GLi
    Power steering introduced on Courier 4x2 Crew Cab
    Falcon assembly resourced to Australia
    Launch of Telstar V6 sedan
    Launch of ED Falcon
    Launch of XR6 Wagon and ute
    1994 VANZ Assembly Plant achieves Q1
    3-pt inertia rear seat belt for centre passenger on all Falcon sedans
    Launch of EF Falcon
    Launch of new model Laser
    1995 Launch of Transit
    Launch of EFII Falcon
    1996 Launch of Taurus
    Launch of EL Falcon
    Launch of Explorer
  • 1997 - 2016

    1997 - 2016

    1997 Launch of Mondeo
    Closure of VANZ assembly plant announced
    2000 Launch of AU Falcon
    2001 Launch of new model Explorer
    2002 Launch of F-Series
    Launch of BA Falcon
    Launch of Focus
    Launch of new model Courier
    2003 Launch of BA Falcon XR8
    Launch of Ford Performance Vehicle (FPV) range
    2004 Launch of Fiesta
    Launch of Territory (June)
    2005 Launch of BF Falcon, BF FPV range and SY Territory
    Launch of LS Focus
    Falcon celebrates 45th anniversary
    2006 WQ Fiesta releases
    ZC Escape launched
    Territory Turbo range introduced
    New model Transit launched
    Ranger released (replacement vehicle for Courier nameplate)
    2009 Fiesta launched – winner of the "AMI autocar 2009 Car of the Year" 
    2010 Fiesta ECOnetic launched
    Ford Falcon 50th Anniversary
    Ford Performance Vehicles Supercharged V8 GTs launched
    Fiesta 2011 (Thailand sourced) launched
    2011 All New Focus launched in New Zealand
    All New Ranger launched in New Zealand
    New Diesel Territory introduced
    Ranger wins AMI NZ Autocar COTY 2011
    Focus wins NZ COTY 2011, AMI NZ Autocar Compact Car COTY
    Fiesta wins Compact Business COTY from NZ Company Vehicle
    Ranger wins Ute of the Year from NZ Company Vehicle
    Diesel Territory wins Recreational SUV of the Year from NZ 4WD magazine
    Ranger wins Overall 4WD of the Year from NZ 4WD Magazine
    2012 Ford Focus awarded Best in Class 2012 from AA and the NZ Motoring Writers’ Guild
    Ford Ranger awarded Best in Class 2012 from AA and the NZ Motoring Writers’ Guild
    2013 Ford Ranger wins NZ 4WD Magazine 4WD of the Year, 75% year on year growth in sales, overall sales up 33% on previous years Ford Ranger awarded Best in Class 2013 from AA and the NZ Motoring Writers’ Guild
    2014 Ford Ranger surpasses Hilux in YTD sales (April)
    Ford EcoSport introduced in New Zealand (April)
    Ford Transit Cargo launched (May/June)
    Ford Ranger awarded Best in Class 2014 from AA and the NZ Motoring Writers’ Guild
    2015 Ford Ranger awarded Best in Class 2015 from AA and the NZ Motoring Writers’ Guild
    Ford Ranger becomes #1 overall best-selling vehicle in New Zealand for the full year beating Corolla and Hilux
    Simon Rutherford appointed Managing Director
    2016 All New Focus RS introduced, all 2016 units sell out before delivery 
    SYNC3 arrives across the range of vehicles
    1997 Launch of Mondeo
    Closure of VANZ assembly plant announced
    2000 Launch of AU Falcon
    2001 Launch of new model Explorer
    2002 Launch of F-Series
    Launch of BA Falcon
    Launch of Focus
    Launch of new model Courier
    2003 Launch of BA Falcon XR8
    Launch of Ford Performance Vehicle (FPV) range
    2004 Launch of Fiesta
    Launch of Territory (June)
    2005 Launch of BF Falcon, BF FPV range and SY Territory
    Launch of LS Focus
    Falcon celebrates 45th anniversary
    2006 WQ Fiesta releases
    ZC Escape launched
    Territory Turbo range introduced
    New model Transit launched
    Ranger released (replacement vehicle for Courier nameplate)
    2009 Fiesta launched – winner of the "AMI autocar 2009 Car of the Year" 
    2010 Fiesta ECOnetic launched
    Ford Falcon 50th Anniversary
    Ford Performance Vehicles Supercharged V8 GTs launched
    Fiesta 2011 (Thailand sourced) launched
    2011 All New Focus launched in New Zealand
    All New Ranger launched in New Zealand
    New Diesel Territory introduced
    Ranger wins AMI NZ Autocar COTY 2011
    Focus wins NZ COTY 2011, AMI NZ Autocar Compact Car COTY
    Fiesta wins Compact Business COTY from NZ Company Vehicle
    Ranger wins Ute of the Year from NZ Company Vehicle
    Diesel Territory wins Recreational SUV of the Year from NZ 4WD magazine
    Ranger wins Overall 4WD of the Year from NZ 4WD Magazine
    2012 Ford Focus awarded Best in Class 2012 from AA and the NZ Motoring Writers’ Guild
    Ford Ranger awarded Best in Class 2012 from AA and the NZ Motoring Writers’ Guild
    2013 Ford Ranger wins NZ 4WD Magazine 4WD of the Year, 75% year on year growth in sales, overall sales up 33% on previous years Ford Ranger awarded Best in Class 2013 from AA and the NZ Motoring Writers’ Guild
    2014 Ford Ranger surpasses Hilux in YTD sales (April)
    Ford EcoSport introduced in New Zealand (April)
    Ford Transit Cargo launched (May/June)
    Ford Ranger awarded Best in Class 2014 from AA and the NZ Motoring Writers’ Guild
    2015 Ford Ranger awarded Best in Class 2015 from AA and the NZ Motoring Writers’ Guild
    Ford Ranger becomes #1 overall best-selling vehicle in New Zealand for the full year beating Corolla and Hilux
    Simon Rutherford appointed Managing Director
    2016 All New Focus RS introduced, all 2016 units sell out before delivery 
    SYNC3 arrives across the range of vehicles