Ford's Alan Mulally ensures the future of the next-generation Falcon, which might soon share its rear-wheel-drive underpinnings with the Mustang sports car.
At the Paris Motor Show, Mulally had nothing but praises for the Falcon’s rear-wheel-drive underpinnings. He even described it as a significant part of the company's One Ford policy of making global vehicles.
Mulally said that there are “a set of vehicles that rear-wheel-drive makes a lot of sense (for)." He’s apparently referring to cars such as the US's Mustang muscle car and the Australian Falcon.
He said that Ford will continue to produce cars that customers want and value, starting with Australians. As Ford’s direction appears to be towards global cars, there have been much debate in the media about the Falcon’s future.
At last January's Detroit motor show, Mulally made comments that made it seem like the next Falcon would be a rebadged version of America's front- and all-wheel-drive Taurus.
He had said Ford planned to have only one large car as part of its One Ford program. But now, it appears that Ford may develop different large rear-drive cars (like Mustang and Falcon) on a common platform.
It could be assumed that the Falcon, or at least the underpinnings of the global large car, will be shared by other markets such as the US.
Ford's Falcon has not had many export prospects. On the other hand, rival Holden has entered export markets and has produced its Commodore on a platform shared with several US models. [via Drive]