Fans of the rear-wheel drive Ford Falcon can breath easy, at least until 2016. According to Australia's CarAdvice.com, Ford has announced that automaker will invest $103 million to sustain both the Falcon and Territory SUV through the next five years. The news came courtesy of Ford Australia president Bo Graziano and Ford Asia Pacific president Joe Hinrichs at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. Ford is expected to unveil refreshed versions of both the Falcon and the Territory in 2014. The automaker is expected to use the investment to improve the vehicles' efficiency and safety. The cash injection should add around 300 jobs, as well.

Ford Australia will likely focus on aerodynamics, tire adjustments and transmission improvements to eke out better fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions. A new six-speed automatic gearbox is expected to debut with the new models.

And what happens after 2016? Ford isn't saying, though the company has made it clear Australia will receive a new large car based on a global platform. That vehicle will likely offer buyers both front and all-wheel drive configurations, thereby putting an end to the long-standing rear-wheel drive Falcon lineage.


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      TMTexas
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad Ford can't make a commitment to bring the Falcon stateside . . .
      djvinnybricks
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford! Please bring the Falcon to the States!!!!!
      TriShield
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car already has a six-speed automatic transmission supplied by ZF. Rumors have been for years that the next Mustang will be borrowing heavily from the engineering in the Falcon. Still, if a new one isn't produced past 2016 it will be a tremendous waste of a storied Ford nameplate, an excellent RWD car and a team of first-class engineers who know RWD very well. Ford is leveraging their European operation to produce good small cars and SUVs, why not leverage Australia to produce an excellent RWD car for the world? It certainly doesn't have to be a Lincoln or even a luxury car, the Falcon comes in all sorts of flavors already.
      Joe Ransom
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey Ford - I own [my wife drives] an 06 Mustang GT. We just had our 2nd child. I don't want an SUV (or a Taurus) and the Fusion isn't a car I will be happy making payments on in 2 years. The Falcon is the car I want! Just because GM screwed up the Holden/G8... please give the US a shot at these!
        breakfastburrito
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Joe Ransom
        Are you American? Want a great reliable V8 motor, RWD, and 4 doors? Hyundai listened, and has your car. The Genesis sedan. Go buy it. Ford doesn't give Americans it's best cars. Deal with it.
      carguy61
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wake up Ford! This platform needs to come to the U.S!!!
      Autoblogist
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know it's too late to use this platform for the MKZ, but if Ford has an interest in making Lincoln a true luxury marque, they'll adapt this platform for the MKS.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Autoblogist
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        Eric G
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Autoblogist
        Or bring it over as a completely separate Performance Sedan and supe it up like theyve been doing to the Mustang.
      scotchquach
      • 3 Years Ago
      For a second there I thought the headline meant the U.S. was getting the Falcon. What a tease...
      Steve
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford needs to update both models and keep the Falcon rear drive. A new suspension with rear and all wheel drive should keep these models pretty modern. Ford should update the suspension and use them in their Lincoln division, so that it can compete with other rear and all wheel drive models.
      jinushaun
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lameā€¦ Why does "global platform" always have to mean FWD with Ford? Why can't they develop a global RWD platform which the Mustang and Falcon both share?
        Young
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jinushaun
        I'll pass on the full size global plateform used for Mustang, see the camaro for the reasons why its a bad thing to use a full size car platform for your pony car. The Mustang is heavy enough as is, no reason to pack on some pounds by cutting a few inches out of the full size car chassis.
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about invest some of that money and bring it to US. I'm tired of Ausies getting all the hot American rear wheel muscle cars, and us getting boring old front wheels.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dennis Baskov
        Well, we do get the Mustang, so it's not as though it is all fun and games down under and all work in America. I do understand your disappointment because I wish we had the Falcon here as well.
          Dennis Baskov
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          I forgot to add the "sedan" to my rant. Sure there are muscle cars like the Mustang, and Comaro, Charger but there are hardly any V8 rear wheel sedans here. The only one I can think off is the Cadillac CTS V, and I'm not even sure if you can classify it as a muscle car.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          And that's why I wish this was brought here, and GM would put the Impala name on a more deserving car. I could never consider any Cadillac a "muscle car" either, just as I could never consider this as such as a Lincoln.
      Dan Ayd
      • 3 Years Ago
      What the FUC& is this?!? Why isn't it in the US??????? I want a rear drive sedan because with two kids I can't own a V6 Mustang...COUPE! Charger's too big (and a Chrysler), a G8 would have been nice but I hear they discontinued Pontiac. Oh, well, guess I'll have to get a Mazda 3 and live with FWD.
      Devonblue4u
      • 3 Years Ago
      front drive in 2016? Booooo!!! Hsssss!!! Lincoln needs this car, this could easily be a coupe plus a 3 & 5 series competitor. The Mustang needs this platform, minus the weight on a shortened chassis. The General is going that way with the ATS, which is a good bet to be the next Camaro. But Ford seems to be on the right track. Maybe they finally have a knock your sock off FWD/AWD vehicle (think Audi A4/A6) waiting to replace this.
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