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RG59061
05-30-2007, 03:02 PM
Well, the covers have finally come off of Ford's future plans for its Rear-Wheel Drive architecture. As speculation has stated, the future of RWD for the Blue Oval will come from the Land Down Under!

Here is the entire story courtesy of my friends at Leftlane News.com (http://www.leftlanenews.com/spied-ford-begins-testing-new-rwd-platform-in-america.html):


It appears that Ford has started importing some rear-wheel-drive prototypes from Australia into its U.S. engineering operations. The spies at KGP Photography caught this prototype for the next-generation Australian Ford Falcon at one of Ford's Detroit engineering centers, being unloaded from a shipping container.


The packaging looks consistent with a car that has just made a trip across the ocean–in either a boat or a cargo plane.

The appearance of this rear-wheel-drive prototype seems to support rumors that Ford is looking to Australia for much of its rear-wheel-drive future — a move eerily similar to GM's reliance on Holden to take the engineering lead on the Pontiac G8, Chevy Camaro, and the likely GTO and Impala spin-offs that are due to use GM's Zeta architecture.

Ford's plans appear to be a little less locked-in than GM's, but some pundits say that the 2009-2010 Mustang may share some Aussie DNA. And if a rear-wheel-drive replacement for Ford's Crown Victoria is to come about, it will likely rely heavily on the new Falcon.

On Ford's own media website, Australia's growing importance in Ford's global product plans was touted through a hopeful press release, which said: "An all-new Falcon model and future Territory models will form the basis of potential export opportunities for Ford Australia's globally competitive large rear-wheel drive vehicle platform…. The addition of left-hand drive engineering capability to our product development team will provide significant experience and assist us to develop a viable export program for our world class rear-wheel drive architecture."

Something definitely appears to be stirring in Dearborn, and this Falcon prototype showing up in Detroit looks to be our first sign that things have progressed beyond mere talk.

Photo Of Ford Falcon Courtesy Of KGP Photography & Leftlane News (http://images.leftlanenews.com/content/april2007/1-may30-falcon.jpg)


Well, this could very well be the start of something very grand indeed! I look forward to all of the speculation that this will undoubtedly bring! Especially now the viability of the Lincoln MKR and the Ford Interceptor...

I just can't wait!

As Always...Stay Fabulous!
RG59061

RG59061
05-30-2007, 03:07 PM
Well Everyone, the future of Rear-Wheel Drive cars at Ford has been uncovered. To quote the band Men At Work...it appears that these vehicles will al be coming from a "Land Down Under".

Here is a photo taken of a Ford Worker unpacking a Ford Falcon Prototype from its shipping crate at Ford's testing center in Detroit.

http://images.leftlanenews.com/content/april2007/1-may30-falcon.jpg
Image Courtesy of KGP Photography & Leftlane News.com (http://www.leftlanenews.com/spied-ford-begins-testing-new-rwd-platform-in-america.html)

Here is the new thread that tells all of Ford's new plans...enjoy!

Click Here (http://www.fomoconews.com/forums/showthread.php?p=3121#post3121)

As Always...Stay Fabulous!
RG59061

SobeSVT
05-30-2007, 03:11 PM
Well, the covers have finally come off of Ford's future plans for its Rear-Wheel Drive architecture. As speculation has stated, the future of RWD for the Blue Oval will come from the Land Down Under!

Here is the entire story courtesy of my friends at Leftlane News.com (http://www.leftlanenews.com/spied-ford-begins-testing-new-rwd-platform-in-america.html):

Well, this could very well be the start of something very grand indeed! I look forward to all of the speculation that this will undoubtedly bring! Especially now the viability of the Lincoln MKR and the Ford Interceptor...

I just can't wait!

As Always...Stay Fabulous!
RG59061
Way to go, RG!!! Excellent find. I guess there isn't much especulation to do at this very early point. More like waiting and nail biting . . . .

Mbukukanyau
05-30-2007, 03:12 PM
GM is ahead of this game. The RWD plartforms Ford is using down under are older than the ancient hag named Gagool

SobeSVT
05-30-2007, 03:20 PM
GM is ahead of this game. The RWD plartforms Ford is using down under are older than the ancient hag named Gagool
Wouldn't it be safe to assume that anything Australia sourced would be based in the Orion car (all new 2008 Falcon (http://www.caradvice.com.au/2580/2008-ford-falcon-orion-spyshots/))?

Unless of course you have some inside info on the contrary. . . ;)

ndwariga
05-30-2007, 05:29 PM
Wouldn't it be safe to assume that anything Australia sourced would be based in the Orion car (all new 2008 Falcon (http://www.caradvice.com.au/2580/2008-ford-falcon-orion-spyshots/))?

Unless of course you have some inside info on the contrary. . . ;)
he he Mbuku is as outside as you can get from the inside:D

Mbukukanyau
05-30-2007, 05:52 PM
he he Mbuku is as outside as you can get from the inside:D
Me, I am an insider, in the , I will not buy imports club, unless all domestics really suck... like a Cavalier.. Plus, I got me a Chihuahua and a Bentley

B.R.
05-30-2007, 08:20 PM
Hasnt GM delayed the RWD sedans though?

SobeSVT
05-30-2007, 09:27 PM
Hasnt GM delayed the RWD sedans though?
More like Lutz playing chicken with the government. :rolleyes: