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Falcon to fly on Mustang platform

By Paul GoverHerald Sun15 January 2010Tweet this!ShareEmailPrint+-

The 2011 Ford Mustang. Ford Australia's Marin Burela stressed that planning for the next new Falcon is barely into the research stage, hinting that it would be possible for the car to share much of its basic mechanical package with the next all-new Mustang.

The legendary Ford Mustang will be twinned with Australia's own Ford Falcon in a plan to drive the local brand forward beyond 2015.

The current FG Falcon is safe for at least another four years as Ford's local spearhead and plans are beginning to integrate its replacement into a new-look, globally-focussed One Ford organisation.

The move is unlikely to affect Ford Australia's local manufacturing operation, with the Falcon-based Territory SUV also set for an even longer run through to 2016, but will lead to greater efficiencies and a leaner, greener local family car. The broad sweep of the Falcon plan was outlined exclusively to the Herald Sun yesterday at the Detroit Motor Show by Ford's worldwide president, Alan Mulally. He pointed to a continued role for the Falcon in Australia within an integrated global product plan.

"We'll be in the Falcon market, yes. But as we go forward we'll continue to use all our assets around the world," Mulally said. "We have learned so much from the Falcon, because it's a dynamite car. Whatever that Falcon morphs to, for the next one, it will be available for everyone around the world.

link:

http://www.carsguide.com.au/site/news-and-reviews/car-news/falcon_to_fly_on_mustang_platform

He also effectively dismissed suggestions that the Falcon, a traditional rear-wheel drive design, would be replaced by the front-drive Taurus built for the USA. The Taurus has already failed once in Australia, in the 1990s. "We're going to have a large sedan. The whole thing about rear-wheel drive? We're going to have a rear-wheel drive car," Mulally said.

"And we've got the Mustang. So you can imagine, going forward, that there will be a next version of the Falcon that will be even better. In capital letters." Rumours of a end to the Falcon's run in Australia, and perhaps even an end to local production by Ford, were categorically denied yesterday in Detroit by the president of Ford Australia, Marin Burela.

"No company that was going to pull out of Australia would be spending $230 million on bringing the world's best powertrain technology to Australia for the Falcon," Burela told the Herald Sun.

He said the coming introduction of a four-cylinder engine in the Falcon would allow Ford to compete against new rivals, including the Toyota Camry, as well as setting a new class benchmark for engine efficiency.

"Our strategy is very clear. We took a very bold step forward when we announced a significant investment in Falcon only a few months ago. No other local manufacturer has committed that sort of investment in recent times," Burela said.

"Why did we do that? We did that to give Falcon an incremental level of growth opportunity over time."If you look at the things we have done on Falcon, and we are planning for Falcon, there is absolutely no reason for us to deviate because the plan is working."

Burela highlighted an improvement in Falcon's share of family-car sales in Australia in 2009 at the expense of the Holden Commodore, and even the need to work some weekend shifts at its factory in Broadmeadows to satisfy demand. "It's actually delivering a very, very very exciting return," he said.

Burela stressed that planning for the next new Falcon is barely into the research stage, with no urgency on any sort of commitment. He also hinted that it would be possible for the car to share much of its basic mechanical package with the next all-new Mustang, but with a local body above the mechanical package.

"The Falcon's changeover is due to take place at the end of 2014, or early in 2015. Our decisions . . . for Falcon don't have to be made until we get through to the middle of 2011. So we have time on our hands. "At the moment, all is well on the Falcon side of things. All is very well."

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Falcon to fly on Mustang platform

By Paul GoverHerald Sun15 January 2010Tweet this!ShareEmailPrint+-

The 2011 Ford Mustang. Ford Australia's Marin Burela stressed that planning for the next new Falcon is barely into the research stage, hinting that it would be possible for the car to share much of its basic mechanical package with the next all-new Mustang.

The legendary Ford Mustang will be twinned with Australia's own Ford Falcon in a plan to drive the local brand forward beyond 2015.

The current FG Falcon is safe for at least another four years as Ford's local spearhead and plans are beginning to integrate its replacement into a new-look, globally-focussed One Ford organisation.

The move is unlikely to affect Ford Australia's local manufacturing operation, with the Falcon-based Territory SUV also set for an even longer run through to 2016, but will lead to greater efficiencies and a leaner, greener local family car. The broad sweep of the Falcon plan was outlined exclusively to the Herald Sun yesterday at the Detroit Motor Show by Ford's worldwide president, Alan Mulally. He pointed to a continued role for the Falcon in Australia within an integrated global product plan.

"We'll be in the Falcon market, yes. But as we go forward we'll continue to use all our assets around the world," Mulally said. "We have learned so much from the Falcon, because it's a dynamite car. Whatever that Falcon morphs to, for the next one, it will be available for everyone around the world.

link:

http://www.carsguide.com.au/site/news-and-reviews/car-news/falcon_to_fly_on_mustang_platform

He also effectively dismissed suggestions that the Falcon, a traditional rear-wheel drive design, would be replaced by the front-drive Taurus built for the USA. The Taurus has already failed once in Australia, in the 1990s. "We're going to have a large sedan. The whole thing about rear-wheel drive? We're going to have a rear-wheel drive car," Mulally said.

"And we've got the Mustang. So you can imagine, going forward, that there will be a next version of the Falcon that will be even better. In capital letters." Rumours of a end to the Falcon's run in Australia, and perhaps even an end to local production by Ford, were categorically denied yesterday in Detroit by the president of Ford Australia, Marin Burela.

"No company that was going to pull out of Australia would be spending $230 million on bringing the world's best powertrain technology to Australia for the Falcon," Burela told the Herald Sun.

He said the coming introduction of a four-cylinder engine in the Falcon would allow Ford to compete against new rivals, including the Toyota Camry, as well as setting a new class benchmark for engine efficiency.

"Our strategy is very clear. We took a very bold step forward when we announced a significant investment in Falcon only a few months ago. No other local manufacturer has committed that sort of investment in recent times," Burela said.

"Why did we do that? We did that to give Falcon an incremental level of growth opportunity over time."If you look at the things we have done on Falcon, and we are planning for Falcon, there is absolutely no reason for us to deviate because the plan is working."

Burela highlighted an improvement in Falcon's share of family-car sales in Australia in 2009 at the expense of the Holden Commodore, and even the need to work some weekend shifts at its factory in Broadmeadows to satisfy demand. "It's actually delivering a very, very very exciting return," he said.

Burela stressed that planning for the next new Falcon is barely into the research stage, with no urgency on any sort of commitment. He also hinted that it would be possible for the car to share much of its basic mechanical package with the next all-new Mustang, but with a local body above the mechanical package.

"The Falcon's changeover is due to take place at the end of 2014, or early in 2015. Our decisions . . . for Falcon don't have to be made until we get through to the middle of 2011. So we have time on our hands. "At the moment, all is well on the Falcon side of things. All is very well."

Note the bolded bit above.

Sounds like some RWD Fords may be here before too long. Ranchero? Wagon?

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Maybe for the US they are thinking Panther replacement.. and possible Grand Marquis and Town Car replacement? I can't see Ford giving up all the police sales of the CVPI and the livery and limo sales of the TC(I can't see the MKS as a basis for a stretch limo).

The Taurus and MKS are quite nice, but I'd still like to see some serious RWD V8 sedans ala Zeta from Ford..

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Bill Ford said at NAIAS that they are serious about consolidating platform. They plan to build 10 vehicles off the Focus platform and in doing so will be able to consolidate 3 platforms into one.

With this move on the Falcon, Ford again will be able to consolidate 3 platforms <DEW98, Panther, Falcon> onto a single RWD platform. Can they get 10 models out of it?

Crown Vic

Falcon

Falcon UTE

Mustang

Lincoln Towncar

Grand Marquis

Thunderbird

Lincoln sports coupe

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Bill Ford said at NAIAS that they are serious about consolidating platform. They plan to build 10 vehicles off the Focus platform and in doing so will be able to consolidate 3 platforms into one.

With this move on the Falcon, Ford again will be able to consolidate 3 platforms <DEW98, Panther, Falcon> onto a single RWD platform. Can they get 10 models out of it?

DEW98 was the Thunderbird, Lincoln LS, Jag S-type platform. Ford doesn't use it anymore. The Mustang platform is D2C/S197.

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I think he's talking about future possibilities, which sound good to me if this comes to fruition, and I trust Ford to do what it says.

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Funny how the Original Falcon was the base for the Mustang which now 45 years later forms the base for a new Falcon. Talk about full circle.

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in the US I only see mustang, crown vic, lincoln something.

well, I'm already hearing about Thunderbird possibilities again. The Falcon and Falcon UTE would be down under only. The Crown Vic would likely be a fleet only so Ford could hold on to the Cab and Cop business without competing with Taurus and with a Grand Marq getting the top of Mercury since Sable is gone and having a new name.

Lincoln is taking steps up so it's possible now for Mercury to be more than just a Ford with more chrome. That new MKX, all Lincoln has to do is get people in to drive them and they'll forget about their ugly RXes and MDXes pronto.

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[borrowing from Oldsmoboi]

Crown Vic & Grand Marquis

- imho neither Ford nor Mercury need a car that large

Lincoln Towncar

- and Lincoln doesn't need a car that large

- altho it might need one almost as large as the CV/MGM, ie a bit longer than the MKS - probably MKT-based, F-Awd not Rwd

Falcon

- NEEDED, but just a bit smaller

Falcon UTE & Territory

- needed, but maybe on the T6 truck platform

Mustang & Lincoln sports coupe & Lincoln sportsedan

- NEEDED & Easy & Desired respectively

Thunderbird & CONTINENTAL

- nice but not sure it's needed & NEEDED!!!

COUGAR

- ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !!!

- actually a re-bodied Falcon!

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