• Feb 19, 2008
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But is he getting one for himself? One could certainly infer that's the case based on this GoAuto article, which reports that the Ford CEO was so blown away by the Falcon G6E Turbo he sampled at an Australian test facility that he told Trevor Worthington (Ford Australia's product-development veep), "I want one." And that brings us to the question of the day: is the head of Ford really bringing over a new Falcon for himself to drive? Because while we in the peanut gallery generally agree that the Blue Oval stuff in Europe and Australia has it all over the American-market offerings (Mustang and F-Series excluded), there would be no greater acknowledgment of this than the CEO of Ford cruising around in a desirable RHD-only Aussie sedan while we make do with the Taurus, which even the execs recently made fun of. Americans will need to wait for the arrival of the new global RWD platform that's set to underpin multiple US-market rear-drivers sometime in the early 2010s, assuming Ford doesn't hedge like GM and use CAFE as an excuse to temper expectations regarding RWD models in the States.

UPDATE: We caught up with the folks at Ford this evening, and can now report that Alan Mulally is not bringing over a Falcon for his own personal use. We do believe the part of the GoAuto story where he's bowled over by the Falcon, though.


[Source: GoAuto]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The question is...

      Do they GET IT YET????

      maybe they'll figure it out, but I'm not holding my breath.

      US execs know what cars Ford offers around the globe, and have known previously. Yet they still aren't brought in.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Given that the Fiesta is on its way, the Focus arrives in 2010 and the next-gen Fusion merges with the Mondeo, I'd say yes.

        The GRWD platform is set to come here and at the very least underpin some Lincolns and probably the next Mustang (2012). Mulally has expressed interest in several vehicles and platforms now and all are ending up on our shores over the next couple years (B-platform, Transit Connect, Transit), this will be the same story.
          • 6 Years Ago
          Robert, don't believe everything that Ford says. Until I can walk into a Ford dealer and buy a Fiesta, Euro-Focus, or Mondeo-Fusion, I'm not giving Ford the benefit of any doubt.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Amen. That is if Ford is still in business here by 2010. The Euro vehicles needs to be here NOW. Not 2009, not 2010, not 2012, NOW.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's gotta be one of the best parts of being Alan Mulally.
      I'll take that one, that one, and then let's hit up the prototype garages for somthing fun on the weekends.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One of the universe's greatest mysteries: Why Ford don't bring over the kick-ass products they have in Europe and OZ. The new Mondeo would do great over here as would the falcon. Come on Mulally get on it!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because they couldn't price them at a level that would both sell and be profitable.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow, put an acura badge on that steering wheel with a smaller airbag cover, and it would fool me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ok? Maybe the headlights, but that's where it ends.

        I don't see Acura's with a big torquey 360HP+ 4.0L DOHC inline 6 with a turbo strapped on for good measure?

        The Falcon XR6 Turbo has great potential for tuning too.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually the Falcon isn't just available as a sedan it is also available as a wagon and a ute and there is also a SUV based on the platform. It has a choice of DOHC straight six, DOHC straight six LPG, DOHC turbo six, SOHC V8 and DOHC V8.

      The problem is that you yanks won't allow the Falcon to be exported because you are already exporting the crappy Crown Victoria. Ford Ausralia has been trying to export for years but Ford North America is very stubborn and self centred and intent on flogging their products worldwide. In the 90's Ford North America tried to axe the Falcon and replace it with the Taurus but the Taurus was a HUGE flop in Australia.

      If America doesn't allow the Falcon to be exported then it might well be lost. With high petrol prices, elimination of tariffs and the rise in the Australian dollar Falcon (and Commodore sales) have declined to 2007 sales being the lowest in the Falcons 47 year history.

      I have three Falcons and I absolutely love them. Falcons and Commodores are the swiss aremy knives of cars. You can take to the track and clean up Skylines and Supras, tow a boat or take the family on holidays.

      Don't make us have to drive Camrys!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      If Ford does bring it hopefully it won't be a watered down version....like the poor Focus. I just don't understand why a majority of the domestics vehicles look and drive like something you'd find at a rental facility or in your grandfolks driveway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sweet car. I have this closet love for straight six engines. I love the sound they make and the silky smooth power. Sad that they won't spend the money to make the I6 meet regs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The lastest version of the Australian "Motor" magazine has a picture of the new interior and states they have moved the electric window switches from the door to the centre console for a possible left hand drive conversion.

      If GM can bring over the Commodore at the right price then surely Ford can too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Look! No, hush while im talking Alan! You wanted 2 bring the taurus back! Turn your empty head to GM. What is pontiac finna do!? That's right, get an imported RWD from down under! So why dont you try something smart like that as well with the ford falcon! Unh unh! Not another word! This conversation is over! Do it now!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah so do we!!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      My Dad grew up in the 60`s. He always said the Mustang was junk compared to the Chrysler and Gm muscle cars. The Mustang he said was all about style. The Mustang was cheaply built. He also said the plymouth roadrunner was better built.

      So I say bring over the Falcon too.

      "Fair enough.

      If I were in the market, I'd choose the Falcon over the Mustang, never grew up dreaming of a Mustang".

      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm a little confused...
      1.Did the head of Ford not know that his company was making a desirable car all along?
      2.Is there some technical reason that Ford can't convert the Falcon for sale in the US (I had always assumed it was just that stubborn mean streak.)?
      3.Is there any reason to assume that the US RWD platform is going to spawn cars that are actually impressive to drive?

      I'm assuming that what is actually going to show up in a few years (if at all) is simply a slightly smally Crown Victoria. Ford doesn't seem to think that Americans in general actually know how a car works, and that, if they just keep quiet about the cars they build for the rest of the world, they can continue to flog the same garbage at us year in year out.

      What really scares me is the concept that they may be right.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The problem with the current falcon range (I just sold mine to move to the US. Yah Taurus (well, Sable but same thing))Is the i6 motor won't scrub current emission standards - let alone future.

        The next Falcon platform will have the 'global' 6, as by then even Aus won't let it fly.

        But my it is a nice car, especially in the turbo, so I hope they bring it in - my wife wants her Falcon back, and I don't blame her!
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