Ford Motor Company of New Zealand

Ford Motor Company Of New Zealand

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Ford New Zealand is the New Zealand subsidiary of Ford Motor Company. It began in 1936. Since the closure of its assembly plant in Wiri, Auckland in 1997, all of its product offerings are fully imported, from Australia, Japan and increasingly, Europe. Its models have traditionally been the same as those of Ford Australia, with the large Falcon model being as popular locally as it is in Australia.

One notable difference between Ford New Zealand's product line-ups and that of Ford Australia is the medium sized Mondeo from Europe. Whereas the Mondeo was dropped in Australia in 2001, and did not return until 2007, in New Zealand it is one of Ford's best-selling models, particularly in wagon form.


The company began in 1936, taking over the assembly arm of the , but by 1943 had shifted solely to military work. For World War II, Ford New Zealand produced 10,423 vehicles as well as 5.7 million hand grenades and1.2 million mortar rounds. Civilian car production resumed in 1946 which was also the year assembly of the Fordson tractor was introduced in New Zealand. It was assembled at Lower Hutt. In 1965 a parts depot opened in Auckland, New Zealand and in 1972 a transmission and chassis manufacturing facility at Manukau City. The Wiri assembly plant was also completed in 1972 and began building Falcons the next year. An alloy wheel plant was opened in 1981 at Wiri. Ford New Zealand underwent a major restructuring in 1987-88, including relocation of all operations to the...
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