Ford's Australian and European Products Coming to the US

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    By AMY WILSON | AUTOMOTIVE NEWS

    At the urging of CEO Alan Mulally, Ford Motor Co. is preparing to commonize the small cars and crossovers that it sells in Europe and America.

    Ford plans to use the next-generation C1 platform to build replacements for the Focus and Escape, say suppliers and industry sources. The vehicles would be engineered largely in Europe, but U.S. versions would be manufactured in North America.

    The bottom line: Ford's U.S. lineup of small cars and crossovers will be more European.

    For example, the Escape replacement and a new Lincoln are expected to be second-generation versions of the Kuga, a crossover that goes on sale in Europe next year. And the U.S. market will get a version of the European C-Max crossover.

    The vehicles have yet to get final approval. Ford spokeswoman Sara Tatchio declined to comment.

    In the United States, Ford is expected to launch the Focus and C-Max no later than 2011; the Escape replacement and the Lincoln crossover are expected no later than 2012.

    Mulally has been eager to transplant the company's successful lineup of European cars to the United States. If he carries out his plans, Ford's U.S. and European operations will derive their small cars from the same platform.

    That would mean an upgrade for Ford's American lineup. The U.S. Focus is based on an older version no longer sold in Europe. Likewise, the current Escape - an aging vehicle first introduced in 2000 - is built on a larger platform loosely derived from the now-discontinued Mazda 626.

    The new American vehicles probably will be produced in two assembly plants. Candidates include the Wayne, Mich., plant where the current Focus is made; a plant near Kansas City, where the current Escape is made; and a plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico.

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    Ford Australia is to play a key role in developing the rear-wheel-drive underpinnings for a range of Ford vehicles due to start appearing on roads around the world in 2011.

    Ford is also looking at Australia developing a range of Fairlane-sized long-wheelbase limousines for the United States and Middle East, as well as a flagship sedan for Europe.

    Engineering development work is expected to start soon, providing a much-needed boost to Ford's struggling local operation, which this week announced plans to end production of its long-running in-line six-cylinder engine.

    The move could also lead to export opportunities in the Middle East, where Ford sells US-built limousines in competition with Holden's Statesman and Caprice.

    Ford's new Falcon, due in March next year, has been engineered so that it can be built in both left- and right-hand-drive.

    US industry website Inside Line says Australia is favourite to develop a new platform that will underpin a wide range of vehicles, including the Mustang coupe and the Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car.

    It says Ford insiders believe the new limousines will draw styling inspiration from the Ford Interceptor concept that made its debut at this year's Detroit motor show. The website also speculates there may be a rear-drive version of the Explorer based on Ford Australia's locally developed Territory off-roader.

    Tom Gorman, Ford Australia boss, says talk of a deal being done is premature. "We have a fantastic rear-wheel-drive product. The product development team globally understands how strong our product is. We are actively in discussions about that but it is still very, very early days. There have been no decisions made whatsoever."

    The appointment of Ford president Allan Mullaly in September last year is believed to have cleared the way for Australia to take on a more prominent role in the global organisation.

    Until recently, internal politics has worked against Australian involvement, with US engineers jealously guarding their interests. But it is believed former Boeing boss Mullaly has a far more global view of the business and has been given the green light by Ford powerbrokers to dismantle any entrenched barriers to progress.


    He also knows about Australia. As part of the B787 aircraft project, he oversaw the outsourcing of engineering development to overseas suppliers, including Hawker de Havilland in Australia, which won a $4 billion design contract for the plane.

    "What is really important," Gorman says, "is that as part of Allan's strategy we now have a centralised product development person and once you get that, that individual is going to look for the best capability around the world. We're really proud of the capability we have here so, yeah, I do think that gives us a stronger opportunity to participate globally.

    "I think Ford recognises the strength of our platform, it recognises the strength of our rear-wheel-drive capability and I think we are improving our position vis-a-vis global rear-wheel-drive."

    The Inside Line report says the Australian option has the backing of "top executives" in Detroit.

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    Following GM's bold move. :cool:
     
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    Outsourcing production from AUS = no more health care concerns soon aka profitability :bowdown:
     
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    is the falcon better than the mondeo
     
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    It's a size bigger, RWD and offers a V8 or turbocharged six.
     
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    is that really a ford? thats on the street? wtf
     
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    All will probably assembled here like Ford did in the 1990s with the Contour and Focus.

    GM is going to be building Holden Commodore variants like the Camaro and Impala here too.
     
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    Should have happened years ago. Too little, too late.
     
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    It happened already in the 1990s, lol.
     
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    noooooooooooo, they be ruining our eurofag vehicles
     
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    Contour/Mondeo doesn't count since they took all the quality pieces of the Mondeo and replaced them with shitty plastic shit. The two cars despite being built almost exactly the same, were leagues apart.
     
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    kill the new US focus ASAP and get the real focus here
     
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    In for Falcon XR6t. :eek5:
     
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    As soon as they tool up a plant to produce it here they will.

    GM will be building the Astra here eventually too. :eek3:
     

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