• Sep 24th 2008 at 9:27AM
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The Ford Falcon is all Australian. It has always been driven by the rear wheels, and it has always been designed, engineered, and built Down Under. The automotive world is rapidly changing, though, and Ford is one of many OEMs that are driving towards global vehicle architectures and a less diversified corporate parts bin. What does that mean for the Falcon? Nothing for quite a while, as the once hot-selling Aussie special just received major rework in April, and another redesign is many years away. When it does go under the engineering knife it will likely have more in common with the Ford Taurus than anything native to the Outback.

Ford product chief Derrick Kuzak is working towards what the Blue Oval calls "One Ford." That means, for example, that there will be only one C-segment platform for like-sized crossovers, wagons, hatchbacks, coupes, and sedans, and that platform would be used in all regions around the globe. Ford will still have a rear-drive platform for performance vehicles, but the rabid push for fuel efficiency and weight reductions means that the chance of future Falcons being motivated by the rear wheels is slim. Plenty can change between now and 2015, so we'll keep our dimming hopes for a RWD Falcon for all alive, but the prospects look less rosy by the day.

[Source: Drive]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      electric in-wheel motors at the rear.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You're Australian. Be Australian!
      • 7 Years Ago
      NOOOOOOOOOOOO! Keep the Falcon RWD!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      The idea that the Falcon will not continue as a full-sized RWD does not sit well with me.

      Although the market for that type of car is shrinking replacing it was a FWD version doesn't mean that Ford will increase sales here in Oz. The Mitsubishi 380 (a full-sized FWD) was a huge sales failure, dispite being a fairly good car, and its failure lead MMC to shut its factory here, laying off workers, and moving to an import-only program.
      Toyota, on the other hand, enjoys great sucess with its Camry/Aurion range, I can't see Ford beating them at their own game anytime soon.

      Had Ford US given Ford Oz the ok to develop a LHD version you might now be enjoying your Mercury Falcons and we might not be looking a job loses and the death of an icon in a few years.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If Ford wants to pursue this "One Ford" thing then why not just have "One Ford engine"? Put the I6 Turbo in everything then we can all be happy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, people like you do, people who want power. Most people want MPGs, soft ride, low price, great interior.
        • 7 Years Ago
        are you 'No Welfare for GM'???

        If not, you guys both have the same avatar, and most people don't like him too much, so you may be mistaken for him. Case in point.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In fact, the Aussie Falcon's heritage ties back to the North American car from the early '60s. the first Australian Falcon was a rhd version of the same car. It's certainly evolved differently. You could say the current Mustang evolved from that car as well.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My opinion, keep the RWD Falcon, or retire it.

      This Bringing back a namesake that is a diluted FWD POS (Fiat 500 the rare exception) is pissing me off.

      No Ford, don't bring back the Capri, Cougar, or any other performance legend unless its driven by the Rear Wheels.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Taurus was brought to Oz in the 90's, for no other reason than to test the market for a front wheel drive "luxo" car, as it was sold in "Ghia" package. The then Mondeo was sampled at the same time by Ford.

      End result - Double fault - you loose. The Falcon in all it's guises kept on selling, but at the same time being whipped by Holden and the Commodore plus it's euro-centric imports.

      The current Mondeo is great in my opinion, and so is the Taurus. But l think the price of petrol will not stay as high as it is for much longer and the Aussie consumer will return to the RWD familiaraity that their parents have always had through more than one energy crisis.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Not surprising. Ford Oz has done some silly things with the Falcon in recent years (AU Falcon, failing to develop export markets, the current slow selling lukewarm makeover). Would make sense to reduce development costs by sharing components with another Ford model, though it's questionable whether Taurus is the right choice - after all, Ford US has not exactly been a beacon of inspiration in the industry.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "...and it has always been designed, engineered, and built Down Under". Actually the first Australian Falcon (1960) was basically a RHD version of the North American model.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Falcon_(Australia)
      It was 1970 that we first designed and engineered the Falcon locally for Australia.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Does that mean they're not using Kangaroo skin for the seats, and Koala bear eyes for the radio buttons?
        • 7 Years Ago
        we use drop bear fur for the steering wheel.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Serious???

        We use vegemite as lubricant.

        oh and lol thong compatible pedals...if only
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