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Old 10-28-2003, 17:30   #1 (permalink)
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Straight from the mouth of Richard Parry Jones and Nick Scheele- The next generation Falcon will remain RWD with the current platform to updated and modified. Only bad thing is we wont see an AWD sedan until the next gen as the hardware wont accept the lowered ride height

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<B>Senior Ford global executives come out in support of the local product</B>

By BRUCE NEWTON 29 October 2003

TWO of Fordís most senior global executives have clearly indicated the next generation Falcon will be based on an updated version of the local platform, rather than shifting to international architecture.

There had been speculation prior to BAís release that the next all-new Falcon could simply become a local adaptation of an overseas model and possibly even front-wheel drive.

But judging by interviews given to GoAuto at the Tokyo motor show by Richard Parry-Jones and Nick Scheele, the BAís roaring success seems to have killed that prospect off.

"Whenever the Falcon does as well as the Falcon is doing today it gives you pause for thought, whether we really need to change the fundamental strategy because it is amazing what you can do with attention to detail," said Mr Parry-Jones, Fordís vice-president in charge of global product development, and chief technical officer.

"If it ainít broke why fix it? I know that might sound a little complacent but I think in many ways what the success of the Falcon demonstrates is that if you get the details right that configuration is still very hard to beat in the Australian market."

Ford Australia president Geoff Polites is not due to seek head office budget approval for the next generation Falcon until 2005, with a 2007 on-sale date currently pencilled in.

In response to questioning about Falconís export potential, Mr Scheele, president and chief operating officer of Ford Motor Company, said the carís platform could not be adapted to left-hand drive and therefore had been ruled out of those markets long-term.

Mr Scheele had confirmed early this year a plan to study Falcon export to the US and other left-hand drive markets.

"(Left-hand drive) package protection would just be tearing up too much," Mr Scheele said.

"You would then be saying itís an all-new platform and if you did an all-new platform youíd kill Falcon.

"Thatís how we set up the business plan (for Falcon), purely based on volumes that we saw in Australia and New Zealand, and itís doing very well."

Mr Parry-Jones said he would like to see the Territory cross-overís all-wheel drive system be used for road-going Falcon models in the next generation, something that cannot be done with BA because it would jack up the ride height.

"Itís certainly something you would look at because it would give you four-wheel drive utility, four-wheel drive sedan, four-wheel drive Territory, all within a very compact footprint of powertrain hardware," he said.
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Old 10-28-2003, 17:50   #2 (permalink)
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Great news. I didnt want to see Falcon become a FWD. an AWD Ute sounds good
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Old 10-28-2003, 21:35   #3 (permalink)
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and possibly even front-wheel drive.
How many times must the fwd issue be raised? Surely by now it has been ruled out for the next twenty years at least!
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Old 10-28-2003, 21:48   #4 (permalink)
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If toyota and mitsubishi had enough brains to see that the only way they could compete with commo's and falcons was to make rear wheel drive cars (not that hard to work out is it?) they would probably sell more cars. likewise if ford goes to fwd it will probably sell less cars, while this may not be true all over the world it is definitly true in australia.
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I doubt FWD will happen with Falcon with mtsubishi posibly looking to go RWD with Magna replacement.
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Shame we cant get some exports going earlier. And as for an AWD XR8/6T, looks like some time in 2007 or so is my guess. Same time the Holden SS AWD is expected>>>

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'Hanenberger has said the next all-new Commodore, due in 2006, will be better able to accommodate Holden's new AWD system. The extra engineering involved, however, means an AWD Commodore SS sedan most likely will arrive in 2007.'
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yep, neither company will ever have a huge advantage over the other in this regerd, they use many of the same comopent manufacturers etc, they all know exactly what they're going up against.

Regarding the AWD in the new commy, well it will integrate better into the chassis and because of this will be lighter than the configuration they've got now.

It's all going to be much of a muchness.
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Good news.

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"You would then be saying it?s an all-new platform and if you did an all-new platform you?d kill Falcon."
That is the quote that does it for me.
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Old 10-29-2003, 20:50   #9 (permalink)
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They're going to have to work bloody hard to keep that platform competitive over the next few years. I just hope this isn't a sign of complacency from Ford.
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Yes i would hope that some more imporvements to the platform are made like territory style front suspension if it fits
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