The US just got its first taste of the Australian V8 Supercars Series this month at the Circuit of the Americas, but it seems that big changes are in store for the exciting series from Down Under. Following reports earlier this month that Ford will be ending production in Australia in 2016, Motoring.com.au is reporting that the death of the Falcon nameplate could bring rise to the Mustang running in the emerging race series.

With the Falcon being killed off, Ford could go with the Mustang creating more of a global market for the series. This would be a big step, though, since the series currently only uses four-door sedans as the racecars, opening the door for other brands to swich to more aerodynamic two-door models. For Mercedes-Benz, this would mean switching from the E-Class sedan to the coupe, while Nissan could trade in its V8-powered Altima for a more appropriate track car, the Skyline. As for Holden, the report states that the Commodore VF is slated for a replacement in 2017 and the big sedan will switch from a rear-wheel-drive layout to front drive.


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      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      Or why not bring the falcon over to the states, dress it up as a Lincoln, keep the manual. And finally have a competitor to the CTS. Or bring the falcon over and keep it a Ford and compete against the Chevy S's.
        Lab Rat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Shaw
        This makes too much sense. Damn you Justin Shaw for thinking!
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Shaw
        I think the cost of the car would make it more appropriate as a Lincoln and Ford in Australia. Unfortunately, I'm not sure Lincoln + Ford Australia is big enough volume to justify the car. I guess if the price is high enough, it is justifiable...
          Brodz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          If it were given a chance like it should have been when FoA asked for it... then I'm sure the Falcon would still be planned for future production. But alas... that is not to happen.
        Justin Shaw
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Shaw
        Chevy SS *
        Brodz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Justin Shaw
        Dearborn has finally had the right circumstances to kill Ford of Australia's manufacturing facilities, and CEO Bob Graziano was sent in to shut up shop.
      Hunter Adams
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish Ford would make the Falcon in the USA!
        anon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hunter Adams
        There were lots of folks in the US who would have hoped for the same, it would be successfull (or at least sell a model based on that platform) it would sell. But alas Ford\'s corporate thinking gets in the way-\'oh we can\'t have a product that great in this country, it would let US car buyers show how crappy our US originated product is\'.
        Matt Puryear
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hunter Adams
        Amen
        Brodz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hunter Adams
        I wish Australia could continue to make the Falcon and export it to the US. But alas, Ford wanted it to die and so they have finally made that reality. But I am a Falcon man, so if Ford did move it to the US, I might forgive them in some way.
      Aussie Aspie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Falcon dies in 2016. And with a switch to FWD, Commodore will be dead (to the Australian market) by 2018! Check out the Mitsubishi 380, a car which on paper should have had it all over the Commodore and Falcon. But its FWD ensured it was stuck in reverse front the moment it hit the marketplace. The 380 was proof that RWD is not merely the realm of driving enthusiasts, but also the preferred option of the (Australian) general public.
        Brodz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Aussie Aspie
        I wish I could agree with you. However people are cautious of large FWD sedans. Though they still buy the Camry. I'm afraid the tastes of Australians is not a patriotic one, but that of a trend *****... so SUV's packed with technology is the craze. And small cars for the econo-conscience.
      Mr E
      • 1 Year Ago
      2- vs 4-door bodies seems like such a trivial issue with all of the other non-stock changes. I think I'd rather see stock RWD 2-doors than FWD-turned-RWD 4-door bodies being used. The more tantalizing implication, though, could be a Falcon revival with a sedan based on the Mustang (wishful thinking). Also, thumbs-down on the Commodore going to FWD. I haven't followed the news, but is this merging with the US Impala? Not a bad car, but still...
      Phil T
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey AB where has it been announced by GM that the next Commodore will be FWD? No where has GM confirmed what will be produced from 2017 and even the article only says 'most likely'. We've already got way too many irresponsible motoring journalists here that weave their own opinions into their reports as facts without you joining the bandwagon. Before Ford announced they were shutting here that morning we had Josh Dowling reporting that not only were they shutting down but the planned upgrade next year was also canned. He was proved wrong but the damage had been done with an outcry on the forums. If he ever bothered to check facts one of the reasons Ford received Govt money in previous years was to facilitate the upgrade and guarantee production until 2016. So if it didn't go ahead they would have to return a lot of money.
      sp33dklz
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is bad news on so many fronts. It will be a completely different series at this point. My guess is that the Falcon dies and Ford campaigns a rwd version of the Fusion / Taurus. I don\'t see 2 doors coming in and killing off the races heritage. They should leave the 2 doors for DTM.
        Brodz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sp33dklz
        Most likely the Mondeo/Fusion will be the model for the race cars.
          Robert Ryan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Brodz
          I doubt even that. The anger towards Ford swill be very strong.
      paulinator66
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll take this as further proof that the next Mustang and the Falcon will share a chassis.
      ImpulseGTO
      • 1 Year Ago
      The mustang SHOULD NOT be allowed! No exceptions! The series is about performance sedans! If they allow the mustang then they might as well bring in the Camaro so GM can continue to dominate in both forms!
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        agree, and WTF is up with the downvotes?...seriously, some here are in dire need of mental repair.....Heres a tidbit.....theres rumour the new \"world car\" Mustang may have a larger varient, perhaps labelled Lincoln....LOTS or rumours, fingers crossed...imagine a LINCOLN four door V8 racing....not bad product placement if you ask me...
        ImpulseGTO
        • 1 Year Ago
        The FWD is speculation and rumors. No body knows what GM's plans are for 2017. Not even Autoblog.
      Alan Balinsky
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Aussies are turning V8 supercar into Nascrap. The whole beauty of that series was that the cars resembled the factory cars very closely right to the powertrains at one point..........................
        ImpulseGTO
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Alan Balinsky
        Nah not at all. They still retain production bodies and a whole lot more.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ImpulseGTO
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          SAPaleAle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ImpulseGTO
          @Aaron N - the nissan has a nissan motor to quote kelly racings page "Based on the 5.6 litre quad camshaft VK56D naturally-aspirated V8 used by the new Y62 Patrol Dry sump lubrication system, a de-stroked crank and cylinder liners to drop displacement to 5.0 litres, the deletion of the factory variable valve timing system and Mahle pistons with a 10:1 compression ratio"
      zackwatt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honestly, I wouldn't mind seeing the latest version of the Taurus out on the track swapping paint. My only exception would be, that FORD manufactured a RWD V8 performance street version!
      EJD1984
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would amend the rules to state: Only cars manufactured in Australia are eligible to race. If Ford is pulling out of Australian manufacturing, then this should be another consequence of that decision.
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