• Jun 15, 2007
Seemingly overnight the Australian market has become the holy grail for a pair of U.S. auto giants. That's because both General Motors and Ford are considering taking advantage of rear-wheel drive platforms that have prospered on the island continent by exporting them to new markets, including the U.S. GM, of course, has plans to bring its RWD Zeta platform to the States and use it to underpin the new Chevy Camaro, Pontiac G8 and a few other cars that have yet to get the final go-ahead. Ford, meanwhile, is a little behind in that its next generation RWD Falcon sedan has yet to debut. CarAdvice.com.au, however, has been furiously snapping prototypes caught testing, and it just published a trunkful of shots showing prototypes of many Falcon models with less disguise than we've previously seen.
Most notable are shots of the FPV Falcons, which truly do look like birds of prey with their sloped noses, Xenon lamps and a braking/tire/wheel combo that should allow them to easily chase down that next meal. Note the hood bulge visible on many of these mules – wonder what's hiding under there. Also shot were more staid models like the Futura, as well as the XR8, which we feel silly calling "staid".

While GM's Zeta cars are figuratively crossing the oceans as we speak, the Fords appear to be still packing their bags. It's too early to say how the Falcon's platform will be used by Ford in the U.S. It will likely be the basis of the next-gen Mustang that arrives around 2011, as well as supply the platform for a new Crown Vic. We're of the mind that the current Crown Vic and its ancient Fox platform will continue for some time, and that Ford will introduce a new RWD large sedan inspired by the Interceptor Concept.

[Source: CarAdvice.com.au]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      P.S. My comment was for the comments already left.

      On the side of the article. Giddy-up FORD! BRING them nice cars to America/Canada and a nice Independent-Rear-Suspension Mustang, a Falcon, Fiesta, Euro Focus and Galaxy, and with the world class trucks, the way forward will be a lot brighter.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd rather get the European Fords. So many recent/past Euro-Fords have been absolutely leaps and bounds ahead of what North America has received. From the Escort Cosworth, to the Focus RS, to the new Mondeo, their line-up is much more solid.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm not too concerned about styling, but I'm salivating at the idea of Ford finally doing some worthy global platform sharing. Share those development costs with the next Mustang and Crown Vic, and try this: ditch the current 500/Taurus for a rwd model that slots between the Crown Vic and Fusion (hell, screw the Fusion and bring over the Mondeo, while we're at it!). Call it the Taurus, and offer a range of powerplants including the Mustang GT V8. Can anybody say Taurus SHO?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The side... Molds (I think) look horrid. :
      • 7 Years Ago
      G8...HOORAH!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Uh the Crown Vic is Panther Platform, not "fox". Come on autoblog. Oz is great for Fords, and rwd sedans in general. I mean where else can you get a 4-door from the dealer with a Cobra R engine?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ford Falcon FPV: GT, GT-P, Pusuit and Super Pursuit models all have the Boss 290(Kw) engine. That's the Cobra R engine.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Im not doubting you, im asking, which Oz ford comes with that motor? and correct me if im wrong but cobra R's had a 5.4L DOHC V8?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Here in Oz, you're either a Holden guy or a Ford guy. That's what the Bathurst race is all about. Ford lost a lot of ground with their Falcon AU, which was perceived as having a weak-design rear. Holden Commodores have outsold Ford Falcons ever since and the new Commodore (it's been out for about eight months) is a beautiful predator.
      Cheers
      David McMahon
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Ford Ba and bf2 modals should have been exported over seas, At the moment Holden over here are losing a lot of money, due to poor sales with there new mule.
      In performance the xr6 turbo and 6 cylinder Tornato are very good performance cars. The Tornato which was tested with 6litre v8 Holdern, was only .o2 of a second slower and that was on damp roads. We have xr8 and the Gt which are again good cars.
      When the new orion falcon comes out next yr, it will have more power better fuel economy again and a lighter car.
      Go Ford Australia
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've seen a few Holdens (and although their reliability seems to be horrendous) these Fords have NOTHING on the Holdens. The Holdens are sweet, gorgeous cars and these Fords are, well, Fords. Nothing exciting, way too much tail over hang, curvy hoods looks like the driver loses visibility. A station wagon? Ford kills the mini van but makes a new wagon?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Rick,

        You will find that the wagon pictured is actually the outgoing BF mK 2 and so no wgaon is confirmed as yet. The reason the wagon continues in Australia is that it shares the same platform with the ute, and that it is highly demanded by fleet buyers who purchase something like 55% of all flacon/commodore sales.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford had better do something. I visited a family member in a small midwestern town last week. Toyota is even there in numbers. When you lose small town America, you might as well hang it up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They're great spy shots, and decent looking cars, but the new Falcons pictured are very much evolutionary rather than revolutionary in design.

      They don't look too different from the current generation Falcon, or from a slightly longer Chevy Impala that's been lowered.

      I would deduce that people who buy Falcons don't ever want major changes. Ford isn't the only one being cautious: Holden's new Commodore/Caprice/Statesman are handsome, athletic vehicles, but not mind-blowingly gorgeous.

      Cheers mate

      David Lovejoy
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's just V8 RWD nirvana over there, isn't it?
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