Mainstream RWD Muscle to Return to Ford US, Courtesy of Ford Australia.

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  1. TriShield

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    Ford's Global RWD Range Aimed at GM

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    Ford looks to the next-generation Australian Falcon, coming in 2008, as the template for a new family of RWD cars to hit North America in 2012. Pictured: Current Australia Falcon family.

    Date posted: 07-13-2007

    DEARBORN, Mich. — The Ford Motor Company plans to challenge crosstown rival General Motors with a new family of rear-wheel-drive coupes and sedans, but the first of the new U.S. cars aren't expected to hit the street until model-year 2012.

    IL has learned that Ford's Australian subsidiary will do much of the initial engineering work on the new rear-drive architecture — in effect, borrowing a page from GM's playbook. The General's Holden subsidiary likewise is leading the engineering on GM's new Zeta rear-drive family.

    Why Australia? Because the product development teams at both automakers have broad experience at developing rear-drive vehicles, including performance editions of standard production models.

    Ford of Australia is preparing to launch a redesigned Falcon sedan in early 2008 and already has begun development work on the next-generation Falcon, which will continue with rear-wheel drive. Now, top executives at Ford headquarters in Dearborn want to expand that work to encompass derivatives for North America and perhaps Europe.

    Ford suppliers know the future architecture generically as the "global large rear-wheel-drive vehicle platform."

    Ford's plan for its new RWD/AWD range is relatively modest.

    For North America, it is expected to include replacements for the Mustang, the Crown Victoria, the Grand Marquis and the Town Car. For Australia, there will be replacements for the Falcon, Fairlane and LTD sedans. There may also be a new rear-drive flagship sedan for Ford of Europe.

    Ford may even develop a car-based replacement for its Explorer SUV, using the new architecture, while its Australian arm will likely base the next-generation Territory tall wagon on the same component set.

    Ford's new RWD/AWD platform is being engineered to accommodate both V6 and V8 engines, including the new twin-turbo gasoline direct-injection TwinForce power plants that are being developed in Dearborn, as well as the company's new dual-clutch, six-speed PowerShift transmission. Among the TwinForce engines reportedly under development are a 3.5-liter V6 and a 5.0-liter V8.

    The first of the new RWD/AWD vehicles for North America are expected to reach production in calendar-year 2011, according to suppliers, and would likely be marketed as 2012 models.

    A prospective successor to the Crown Victoria could draw styling inspiration from the Ford Interceptor concept that made its debut earlier this year at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, according to Ford insiders. The Interceptor was built from scratch, on a cobbled-up derivative of the Mustang platform, but its design cues point the way to a big Ford sedan of the future — it could be called Galaxie — that could function, in different guises and with different powertrain teams, as both family hauler and performance car.

    Replacements for the Crown Vic, Grand Marquis and Town Car can't come too soon. The current cars are virtually dinosaurs, even by Detroit standards. They are built on a rear-drive platform code-named Panther that dates to model-year 1979.

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    What this means to you: Ford CEO Alan Mulally apparently thinks GM's Australia-sourced RWD scheme is a good one, since he wants to copy it.

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    Renderings of the 2008 Ford Falcon.
     
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    about fucking time.
     
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    what took so long?
     
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    i dont really like the 08 design, but falcon's >*

    DOHC 5.4 V8 or a turbo DOHC I6

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    That's the only bad part of the story. 3 fucking years.
     
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    Hopefully Ford has the foresight to engineer these vehicles to meet the new CAFE standards :o


    edit: Or maybe the Ozzys already meet that standard :dunno:
     
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    LOL @ Ford and GM for taking so long to realize people like nice cars.

    What the hell have they been thinking all these years?
     
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    In the meantime Alan and Bill would like to interest you in a new Taurus.

    :ugh:
     
  13. Light Speed

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    not happening
     
  14. Light Speed

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    yea, what about it, looks pretty good to me from outside, and luxurious to me from the inside, largest trunk and interior space in its class and safest car in the fucking world
     
  15. 1.8

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    Meh. Huge ass v8 cars are a thing of the past for a reason. What we really need ford to do is bring over the european compacts and start a hot hatch war :bowdown:
     
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    America is huge... we don't need tiny shitboxes getting in the way on the highway. :mamoru:
     
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    it's no ford taurus though :hsugh:
     
  20. 1.8

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    It's huge but having cars that get better MPG and have roughly the same amount of storage room is FTW (oh and they also handle much better and are easier to park and drive in traffic).
     
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    I really hate that blue though.
     
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    Handling better is an illusion, more tossable yes, better handling, not rly


    GM now has 300+hp V8's making 28mpg, C5 6spd vettes get more than 30mpg on the highway, the mpg arguement is stupid.
     
  24. 1.8

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  25. 1.8

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    illusion? Handling is more than just the amount of G force a car can make on a skidpad.
     

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