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Let me be the first here to predict that a move to fwd won't help Falcon-class sales of Ford Australia. Rather it would obliterate the buyer rationale to purchase one. Ford tried converting their customers to the delights of larger FWD cars in the later 1990s by selling mediocre Taurus alongside Falcon for a few years, but Taurus sales were in the toilet from day one and it died an unloved death. Mitsubishi recently stopped building their fwd large car here after years of ever-withering sales to the point of oblivion, and even local Toyota Camry/Aurion production would be unsustainable without exports.

Falcon salvation should imo be 'global niche' instead of mimicing all those other nondescript players within the already massively congested sector of clone-like fwd product.

AWD passenger cars are basically pointless here in the driest continent, although rwd/awd might be beneficial for export. Btw easily 50% of every Falcon I've ever seen is/was fitted with a towbar, nor have I ever met one single owner who wishes their Falcon was fwd. You only have to compare local sales of the admittedly spacious fwd Mondeo range to just Falcon ute sales alone, to recognise how misguided and self-harming this move would be.
 

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I think what you might be more likely to see, is a new, completely flexible platform. It would support RWD, FWD, and AWD.

This would be able to encompass many different vehicles, on many continents, and would allow Ford to be able to respond to changing tastes quickly (relatively speaking).
 

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As has been mentioned already, the Ford Taurus was originally going to replace the Falcon.

It did rather poorly though. Many reasons have been given for this, including the fact that it was only offered in one trim (Ghia, or the equivalent of our LX), making the car rather expensive.

I wonder, if this rumor is true, are they going to give the Taurus another shot at the Aussie market? If so, it might mean a Taurus wagon (not to mention the usual carp-ton of options that Australians always get)!
 

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As has been mentioned already, the Ford Taurus was originally going to replace the Falcon.

It did rather poorly though. Many reasons have been given for this, including the fact that it was only offered in one trim (Ghia, or the equivalent of our LX), making the car rather expensive.

I wonder, if this rumor is true, are they going to give the Taurus another shot at the Aussie market? If so, it might mean a Taurus wagon (not to mention the usual carp-ton of options that Australians always get)!
It would be fine if they merged, the Taurus is going RWD in my2012. But Kill the Falcon name would be a disaster!!!!
 

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As has been mentioned already, the Ford Taurus was originally going to replace the Falcon.

It did rather poorly though. Many reasons have been given for this, including the fact that it was only offered in one trim (Ghia, or the equivalent of our LX), making the car rather expensive.
From dimming memory I think the Taurus was priced above Fairmont and somewhat under Fairmont Ghia, these being roughly Taurus-equivalent variants belonging to the then-aging EL model-series, which was the fourth and final version of a 1988-gen intro. Yet in every media comparison between Taurus & Falcon (and as you can imagine there were plenty) the already past-its prime and soon to be redesigned local EL Ford got a clear vote of confidence over its imported (Taurus DN & DP) competitor

http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf/story2/A3099F03533DD3B2CA256D6E001DE35F#

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It would be fine if they merged, the Taurus is going RWD in my2012. But Kill the Falcon name would be a disaster!!!!
The Falcon nameplate becomes meaningless 'badgewear' unless there is an authentic (genuine) Falcon attached underneath it
 

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From dimming memory I think the Taurus was priced above Fairmont and somewhat under Fairmont Ghia, these being roughly Taurus-equivalent variants belonging to the then-aging EL model-series, which was the fourth and final version of a 1988-gen intro. Yet in every media comparison between Taurus & Falcon (and as you can imagine there were plenty) the already past-its prime and soon to be redesigned local EL Ford got a clear vote of confidence over its imported (Taurus DN & DP) competitor

http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf/story2/A3099F03533DD3B2CA256D6E001DE35F#
"At $42,950 it was better than $4000 more than the Fairmont sedan with a six-cylinder engine, and $1000 more than the local car with the optional 5.0-litre V8, which was an even more effortless cruiser."
From this review: http://www.drive.com.au/Editorial/ArticleDetail.aspx?ArticleID=9501&pg=1&vf=0

Another review for s&g:
http://www.mynrma.com.au/cps/rde/xchg/mynrma/hs.xsl/ford_taurus_1996_car_review.htm

One more:
Cover- http://www.taurusclub.com/encyclopedia/Articles/Motor-Mar96/Cover.jpg
Page 1- http://www.taurusclub.com/encyclopedia/Articles/Motor-Mar96/Page1.jpg
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"Immediately it made instant sense why this model came so close to being anointed as the EF Falcon's successor"


If you can find some of these Falcon v. Taurus reviews I'd love to read them (or even more Taurus reviews). I'm a big fan of both the cars.

What do you mean "DN" and "DP"?



Really though, they didn't say that the Falcon is going to FWD, just that they are considering it. I'd expect them to at least consider the idea, seeing as the FWD Camry is Australia's best seller.

They are also considering making the Taurus RWD if it makes you feel better.
 

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I'd expect them to at least consider the idea, seeing as the FWD Camry is Australia's best seller.
Sorry, but the RWD Commodore is =1st with the much smaller Corrolla. The Corrolla is also being helped by strong fleet sales.
 

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As I said in another thread as long as the Mustang needs a RWD platform, the Falcon will stay RWD
 

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Sorry, but the RWD Commodore is =1st with the much smaller Corrolla. The Corrolla is also being helped by strong fleet sales.

My bad, they were calling Aus made Camrys the best selling Australian cars globally (as in they exported more than other Aussie cars).

Strange that they bothered to report that...
 

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Did they actually make a FWD mustang?
Yes, it was called the Ford Probe, and it never replaced the Mustang like it was supposed to. I imagine Ford recieved too many death threats about the subject and decided to drop the idea of a fwd Mustang.
 

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Yes, it was called the Ford Probe, and it never replaced the Mustang like it was supposed to. I imagine Ford recieved too many death threats about the subject and decided to drop the idea of a fwd Mustang.
Yes word got out in the late 80's that Ford was going to be replacing the Mustang with the Probe and Ford received a whole lot of letters that were dissaproving to say the least of this expected move and Mustang sales continued strong late in the fox body years until Colletti headed the 94 Mustang team which did it with very little funding and effectively saved the Mustang.
 

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They aren't going to keep the Falcon and/or GRWD around just for the Mustang- they can improve the current platform for much less money. The Falcon is a dinosaur at this point anyway.

I'm more disturbed by the statement that the Focus will be developed in Australia. Development of that car should be left in Europe where it belongs.
 

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They aren't going to keep the Falcon and/or GRWD around just for the Mustang- they can improve the current platform for much less money. The Falcon is a dinosaur at this point anyway.

I'm more disturbed by the statement that the Focus will be developed in Australia. Development of that car should be left in Europe where it belongs.
:confused: What are you on about?

1.The current falcon platform is a far more accomplished than the current mustang platform, mustang would be the one the benefit not the other way around.

2. The next focus isn't being developed in AUS, it's being assembled in AUS. It will be a global vehicle, like the new fiesta.
 

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"You guys are obsessed with rear wheel drive," Alan Mulally mused to the Australian press after a browbeating about which pair of wheels might propel the Falcon into the future. Try as they might, the Ford Chief would not be pinned down about the chassis architecture of future Falcons, saying only that the choice would be customer driven, and plugging front and all-wheel drive vehicles as "pretty spectacular."
Get ****ed. AWD and FWD are both nose heavy and the latter being debilitating to large car practicality (read: parking ) and power delivery.

Where is the benefit from FWD again? Interior space of an MKS is almost identical to a G6E Turbo (aside from the Lincoln having worse headroom). The MKS just gets extra fluff (read: overhang) to help it reach 4127 lbs! The Falcon? 3756. Anyway, the stats could be argued for ever, based on personal preference, but the main problem is soon there may be no preference. If this decision is truly driven by customers, can we trust Joe Citizen to even be able to tell the difference between FWD or RWD? or will they just see teh dollar signs of cheaper manufacture?

I forgot to add, that the MKS has almost line ball (though slightly worse) fuel economy. I should also add that this is between the Normally aspirated MKS (270HP) and the Turbo G6E (362HP)!

I'm really pissed and this is just at the rumour! If it becomes reality....let's just not think about that.
 
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