• Jan 13, 2010
Even though Ford honcho Alan Mulally was seriously smitten by the company's Aussie Falcon G-Series, doubts about the car's future were presaged nearly a year-and-a-half ago as Ford built momentum behind the "One Ford" program. That initiative focused on the rationalization of platforms, so multiplel vehicles sold around the world could share underpinnings and save the Blue Oval some bucks. But with new fuel mileage requirements, the fate of the rear-wheel drive Falcon began to grow dark.

Things weren't helped at the Detroit Auto Show, were Mulally said "The best thing for Ford is to bring our scale and volume" to bear on the market and the balance sheet, and that manufacturers engaged in the complexities of different platforms for different markets, "can't compete with the global companies, and Ford's going to be a powerhouse globally."

The front-wheel drive Taurus platform is the one being mooted as the foundation of the next Falcon, and the idea of a FWD Falcon is practically Galilean heresy to Aussie enthusiasts. The popular sedan's redesign doesn't begin until next year in view of a 2014 market date so Mulally has a year to make a decision – and Aussies have a year to sway him. If the next Falcon is FWD, a compensation prize could be the Australian division helping to engineer the Mustang platform. Thanks to everyone for the tips!

[Source: Drive.com.au]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      WOW agree with BoxerFanatic for once! Well said sir!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't get it. Why does it HAVE to be FWD? Doesn't Ford already (or will) have a global RWD platform? If not, won't the next Mustang be on a global RWD platform to be consistent with the "One Ford" policy? Why can't the Falcon just wait for the next Mustang?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree...Lincoln is going to be left behind (isn't it already) as every other luxury mark is RWD (except Acura). Lincoln can no longer just be re-badged Fords.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That was a reply to Alex above.
      • 5 Years Ago
      what about the falcon and the mustang sharing a platform...
        • 5 Years Ago
        It would require a whole new platform. My understanding is that the Mustang platform cannot be stretched and the Falcon platform can't be shortened. At least, they cannot be done in a way that makes financial sense.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford should use the Falcons RWD platform to compete worldwide with GMs Zeta platform worldwide. Not that a Ford can compete with a GM.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, ok. Ford not competing with GM. The 2010 Mustang GT is down 100 HP, and still keeps up with the Camaro. Keep drinking the GM kool-aid!
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm no fan of the big 3, but GM sucks donkey balls compared to Ford. I've actually been looking at a new Mustang GT and thinking I might trade my Lexus in for it. That 5.0L V8 makes more than the IS-F's and the car is decent looking inside and out.

        Ford didn't take a bailout either, so they're not in the same league as GM to be sure... They're heads and shoulders above GM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seems to me like they could easily engineer the current Mustang platform and drop a sedan Falcon body on it. They could even use the 5.0 or variation thereof. Perhaps have an EcoBoost lower trim but hang on to the RWD, or whatever powerplant the next Explorer is supposed to be released with. A boosted 2.0 from Ford would obviously not make it the fastest of the bunch, but it would certainly be no slouch. The guys that want the V8 can pay accordingly, and Ford can meet certain expectations with gas mileage on the lower trims.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Like others said, sounds like the perfect time to develop a world class global RWD platform so the Aussies, Americans and Europeans all have a great Ford platform to play with!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nissan currently has a RWD/AWD platform that underpins these cars:
      * Infiniti G
      * Infiniti M
      * Nissan 370Z
      * Infiniti FX SUV
      * Infiniti EX SUV

      As you can see different shapes and sizes.

      Ford can do the same, however, I will admit that it will take time and money.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mustang platform? You mean Mulally can justify the US-only Mustangplatform for + or - 70000 units but not the Australian Falcon? Seemsto me Ford is throwing the baby out with the bathwater. First theyget rid of Volvo, leaving them without an international brand withany luxury segment potential (Lincoln?? Yeah right) and now they planto close down a centre of RWD expertise (compare the Falcon and theMustang platforms). RWD can overcome the weight/CO2 and packaging disadvantages vis a vis front wheel drive; just ask Mercedes, BMW, Nissan and Toyota. What is Mulally up to? Short term stock gains?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh yeah also, discontinuing the Falcon would mean discontinuing the Falcon UTE as well. Ford has no other vehicle its its global lineup that could replace it (and NO, a Ranger or an F-Series is nothing like the Falcon UTE)
      • 5 Years Ago
      When I arrived in NZ over 10 years ago, I asked my Kiwi flatmate/roommate, why do people still buy Falcons and Commodores, when the Maxima, Mitsubishi Diamante, and Toyota Camry V6 are comparable in size and power, and possibly quieter and more comfortable.

      His answer came in one word: towing. So what, I asked -- the Maxima's a V6 3.5. In NZ, many people tow boats, and FWD just doesn't cut it. On a wet boat ramp, the weight of the boat on the towbar helps the rear wheels grip when driving off; on FWD, since the front lifts, the wheels just spin.

      Why not AWD? Well, he said, why make it complicated?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ford is designing a new replacement for the Crown Vic for police departments, Aussies and cops like rear wheel drive cars. I think something can be globalized here.
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