So here's how the story goes. Back in early 2006, Ford
and the Australian government announced that the automaker would invest $100 million (Australian) to develop a left-hand-drive version of the next generation Falcon. The LHD Falcon was intended for export primarily to markets like the Middle East
where rival Holden
manages to sell quite a few Chevy-badged Commodores and Statesmans. Ford apparently decided that the potential sales volumes for the LHD Falcon weren't sufficient to justify the effort and there wasn't room in the car to accommodate the hardware. Unlike Holden, they evidently didn't look far enough ahead in their initial engineering and decided it just wasn't practical to do with the 2008 model. Instead, the government money will be used to expand production capacity for the next generation Focus in Australia
, which will then be exported. Meanwhile, it looks like North American Ford fans will have to wait until 2012 when a new global rear-wheel-drive platform is introduced.