SYDNEY:- The last Australian-made Ford car rolled off the production line Friday, ending an era that began in 1925 with the legendary Model T, as the struggling local auto industry slowly fades away. Ford announced three years ago it would stop making vehicles at its unprofitable Australian plants, a decision matched by the country’s two other big car makers, US giant General Motors’ Holden offshoot, and Toyota, who will end manufacturing in 2017. All three companies blamed a combination of factors including the strength of the Australian dollar and an increasingly tough market.–afp Mitsubishi closed its Adelaide plant in 2008. “Today is an emotional day for the entire team of Ford Australia,” said chief executive Graeme Whickman, who added that the company had spent the past three years helping some of the 1,200 workers being made redundant transition to other opportunities.