• Jul 13th 2007 at 9:02AM
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UPDATE: More and better renderings can be found Our desire for Australia's Fords and Holdens continues unabated, and the Courier and Mail has managed to snag shots of the new Falcon in the buff, further stoking our flame. While American sedans went all mamby-pamby (what could be more milquetoast than our family sedans?), Australia's cars have retained and distilled a certain kick of style and fun. The 2008 Falcon isn't set to arrive for a few more months, and Ford has staked $500 million on the new revision of the platform. The new look is instant badass. We love the blacked out portions under the headlamps -- it's as if this car's spent time in KISS. The greenhouse has a euro-flair to it, especially the kick at the base of the C pillar. The shape is muscular in the same way the Commodore VE is - not that there's anything wrong with that. Underneath this Australian institution, the suspension system retains its baked-in goodness from the outgoing BF Falcon, and the six- and eight -cylinder engines also carry over. We're sure the V8 versions will have a basso-profundo rumble capable of putting Peter Criss to shame.

Ford could do well with this car in the US; at least it would raise eyebrows in the way their current lineup can't. We're sure they're looking at it, seeing the anticipation build around the G8, née Commodore. Every internet blowhard will make statements like "Yes! bring it over! I'll buy one!", while in reality, the sales could disappoint once the initial novelty has worn off. While we enthusiasts have a thing for RWD sedans with V8s and capable chassis, Ma and Pa Camry find compromises where we find joy. The G8 is more of a niche model than if they'd turned the VE into the Malibu - and that's where we see potential for Ford in the US with the Orion. If it does stand any chance of coming here, make it the Fairlane, make the hot one the Fairlane 500, and promote the beejeezus out of it. Most importantly, make it good. Hey, Mulally did promise a convergence of global platforms, right?

Thanks for the tip, Andrew!

[Source: news.com.au]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      i like it, even though the front end reminds me of some goth emo kid.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If it's legit it's about a million times better than the FWD milquetoast sedans with Gilette razor grilles that Ford US likes to design.

      Why is there any question whether or not Ford should import this car to the US? Chrysler has already proven there's a real market for affordable RWD cars and GM is taking the Impala back to it's RWD roots based on the new Holden Commomdore. It's silly to think Ford US can't sell every Falcon Ford AU has the capacity to build here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Its like KISS's Gene Simmons, in car shape.

      But still ugly, paint the plastic body color, please.

      #23-Are you on drugs? This isnt that much different then the current rides for has down-under. If anything the Mitsu would be ripping off ford. Go take a look at some of down-under fords other cars, then look at this.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Aside from the front-end (like many falcons, sports eye black to reduce glare) this new design's profile is very similar to the Commodore/G8; not a bad thing. In fact, the overall design is more interesting. I'll bet cops and caddies would LOVE this machine. Bring it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like it, the blackout under the headlights makes it looks like Spawn, or aboriginal face painting.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I reckon it looks damn good.

      I love the huge gaping mouth, help keep that turbo 6 nice and cool.

      Although, if these were found at a tip, what are the chances these could be a discarded piece of work. If Ford wanted secrecy, they would have a policy of shredding all material related to the Orion before going out the door. I have my doubts. Ford Oz is way too conservative to be serious about the black eyes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Great looking car, but the blackout under the lights makes it look a bit like Brak.


        • 8 Years Ago
        "To the Brakmobile!"

        ("Atomic Batteries to power... turbines to speed!")

        Personally, I dig it. Definitely agressive and it makes me sad we will never get something with so much attitude in the states.

      • 8 Years Ago
      If it looks more Mazda than Ford it's because it has absolutely nothing to do with America apart from the Ford badge and engine. It's actually designed to look similar to the new Mondeo which will be hitting Australia towards the end of the year since fewer people are buying cars like the Falcon these days.
      • 8 Years Ago
      While Europe gets Iosis, Focus (real one) and Falcon, we get... Flex... Freestyle... Five Hundred... ugh.

      It's not even like their idiotic strategy works, as sales keeps plummeting. Since Mulally has more than half a brain than the other dim-witted execs at Ford, hopefully this sees a stateside release. And they better be already redesigning the "Taurus."
        • 8 Years Ago
        When the Flex concept first came out, people were clamouring that Ford should build it. Well they listened and it's being built. Maybe you're not a huge fan of it, but its one of few cases were Ford listened to its customer base. The new Taurus also looks a lot nicer in person. When I first saw it in pictures I thought it was quite hideous, but in person I gotta say its a sharp looking car. Very European looking in fact. Now the new Focus... the light is not its friend.... maybe it'll look good in the dark... I think they should redesign that thing with Europe's Kinetic Design language.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's a complete blatant rip off of the new EVO.
      • 8 Years Ago
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