Well, perhaps this is one area which is wrong with Ford. Look at the figures, the oz 6 is far better than any 6 cylinder they have, and about equal to the base V8's, and we all know the oz6 has more room for improvement.
If Ford OZ can't export cars, I can understand why (I don't agree tho), why can't it export engines?
There is alot more to export than making money. Exporting adds prestige to a product, look at the Magna, they run full page adds on how its the only australian car exported to the USA, that appeals to magna buyers. Look at Holden, the Calais and stateman are the cars more oil sheaks choose to drive, plus they earn alittle more on the slow selling models to justify a little more investment. Look at how holden markets the Calais, Calais International...
Ford Australia has what? Nothing. Ford hasn't done anything scince the Capri, and thats why its still tainted with Capri failure. The Capri was more of a failure of US management than Australian execution of the idea.
So while FORD usa burns money making a new V6 for the mustang, new rwd platforms, FoA struggles with sales and funding and has exactly what FoU needs.
This is what companies do before they leave local production arena. If Ford US wants to Manage Ford AU this way, then they want Ford OZ to close operations.
If Ford OZ closes down, I hope the government at the time, pulls its finger out and does something smart. Like aquires staff and and designs and sets up a Australian owned Company.