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A big part of Ford's recent successes can be attributed to the "One Ford" mantra CEO Allan Mulally instituted early on. But while the program may be a recipe for success, speculation stemming from Mulally's comments at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show left some wondering if the next Ford Falcon would one day share a front-wheel drive platform with the Taurus.

RWD-loving Australians Down Under shuttered at the thought of a front-drive Falcon, but Drive reports that comments by Mulally at the Paris Motor Show may calm those fears. The Ford CEO acknowledged that rear drive vehicles still have a rock-solid business case, adding that the automaker would continue to make vehicles that customers want, "starting with you (Australians)."

Mulally didn't specifically state that the Mustang and Falcon would one day share a platform, but several hints indicate the move is very possible. Mulally insisted that rear-wheel drive platforms will be global in the future, adding "we love our rear-wheel drive platforms and we love Mustang, and they're global platforms."

And this isn't the first we've heard about the Falcon and Mustang sharing a rear drive platform. Way back in January Motor Trend cited inside sources at Ford who said the next Mustang would house an independent suspension under it's boot. Those same sources claimed that the Falcon and an unnamed RWD Lincoln would share that platform.

[Source: Drive]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Well I'm an Aussie... and a Ford fan. We're very proud of our Falcon. It's a tops car.

      Whenever I come on these forums. I shake my head at how ignorant Americans are. Some of you should take offence at that. And hopefully you'll grow from it. Some of you Ford fans are pretty well in the know though. Those of you who see the benefits of a GRWD program highly influenced by our Falcon. However the rest have some large misconceptions bordering on blunt ignorance, without the facts to back it up. Or is it just because it's not an American product... that's its being the recipient of such tendentious rubbish? Well, I don't know... but let's look at the facts.

      1. A falcon weighs almost equal to a Shelby GT500, that's with two extra doors, and a rear bench seat. Go figure.

      2. Falcon's wheelbase is only 10cm's (4 inches) longer than the Mustangs. (Wow... that huge... how will they ever gel? :P) There is so much room for a middle ground it's unbelievable the rantings some have gone on. Besides, Falcons new design ethos lately, has been to make the most space from smaller parameters. Falcon is really close to being mid-size now, and it has RWD performance.

      3. A live axle with leaf springs is better than fully independent rear suspension? Bah.. yeah right. So drag racers, how about putting some really stiff springs and shocks on the back when you buy it? Then it would be able to deliver more traction for you're little 10-15 second blasts. (Drags aren't the be-all-end-all of a cars performance BTW.)

      4. Stop comparing it to the Camaro/Commodore. We all know it's a crappy GM product through and through. Can not be compared to the Falcon.

      5. Falcon is the most modern RWD platform made by Ford. A platform highly praised and refined. With the resources of Dearborn(US), and Broadmedows(Aus), a RWD platform to be reckoned with could be forged.

      6. With more improvements in fuel economy engine efficiency, and weight being targeted. RWD is becoming more sound than AWD. With FWD being looked at as a small-mid base only now. But AWD is something desired for SUV's, 4x4's.. etc. Well the Falcon platform has been adapted to become AWD since 2004. Driving the highly successful Territory. That could kill a few birds with one stone for Ford in the USoA.

      I guess Ford is just becoming aware of something that we... and a lot of you already knew. Which will be good, because that's the lifeline Falcon needed, and the American consumers too. :)

      What I don't get is all the hate on Falcon. What gives guys?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Falcon once shared its platform with the Mustang, so I guess it's now time for Mustang to return the favor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @RAndroid - the falcon has IRS

      I'd be curious to know how much longer Ford Australia can put a business case forward for the Falcon considering how sales have been falling...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder what the chances are that even if the Mustang and Falcon do share a platform at some point that the Mustang will still not get IRS? IIRC the current S197 Mustang platform was developed from the DW98 platform that was shared by the last gen T-Bird, Lincoln LS and Jag S-Type. All those vehicles used IRS but the Mustang version was modified to use different front and rear suspensions. The front was changed to struts to allow room for the wider modular engines as compared to the AJ-V8 and the IRS was dropped due to cost and strength issues.
      • 4 Years Ago
      questionable...current Falcon in 4 door guise WITH IRS weighs less than the gT500........my fingers are crossed,
      • 4 Years Ago
      The front fascia of this Falcon looks much better than the current Ford Taurus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OK..... So basically the Mustang is going to gain weight and is FINALLY going to get an IRS. And Lincoln is going to get a big RWD platform. I'm guessing that is it. I wish there was going to be a sporty Ford RWD sedan but I'm guessing no.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now bring it here FORD! I want to replace my Holden G8GT with it...

      Come-on... DO IT!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a feeling that this new RWD architecture (likely developed by Ford Australia) will underpin 3 cars:

      Short wheelbase global Mustang
      Mid-wheelbase AUDM Falcon
      Long-wheelbase USDM Lincoln flagship (let's just call it the MKF; F for flagship)

      Per "One Ford", all three vehicles will have to share trannies, common parts, and engines (2.0L EcoBoost I4, 3.5/3.7L V6 with or without EcoBoost, 5.0L V8). I'm sure the Aussie straight-six diehards will be crying in their Vegemite, but the 4.0L I6 will likely be dropped due to an inability to meet Euro V (possibly Euro VI) emissions requirements to be mandated in Australia by 2014. (Current Falcon engine = Euro IV)
        • 4 Years Ago
        They should bring the next Falcon over to the US. Offer it as a replacement for the Crown Victoria in the cop/taxi/fleet markets instead of the Tarus based model they currently plan to offer.

        In fact, make the US Falcon (which would be made in the US) their flagship large sedan instead of whatever front-wheel-drive POS they have in that market slot right now.
        Or do Americans refuse to drive rear-wheel-drive cars?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would be awesome if this actually happened. It's also a great throwback to the days when the Falcon was born from the Mustang.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Australian Fords are about as boring as an Accord.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This has actually been rumored since at least 2006.

      Ford is going to produce the next Mustang just as GM came up with the current Camaro, it's going to be made out of their existing Aussie car.

      It will be for the better too. Even though it will gain some weight.
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