Yes it is quite sad the Toyota, mitsubish and Holden all have excellent export programs, where as Ford is really stuck.
Ford does not import many if any US rwd cars into the UK, Japan or New Zealand. These are the only feasable markets for the Ford Falcon unless they have a magical RHD version production line..
I think limited low volume high spec could be profitable for ford to get the fingers wet in export again. More so before Raptor arrives.
The XR6 Turbo should be sold to the UK. And more importantly promoted in the UK where a press vechical should be made avalible. UK car magazines EVO and CAR are the only truely widely avalible car magazines in the world.. Top gear has a pretty wide audience over europe as well. Getting a press car in these publications would be worth its weight in gold in adding presitige to Fords Australian manufacturing operations, and ford in general.
Selling 100 XR6 Turbos (de speed limited of course) would be a entirely teasable idea. Not sold under the ford badge tho (as this has always caused problems)..
What ford OZ should do with small volume exports is badge them as Falcons not Fords. Atleast externally. Make "Falcon" a marque not just a type of car. Obviously the connection between Falcon=Ford does not have to be obilverated but lessend. Falcon would be Fords OZ lexus. Kinda.
For example for the UK I would sell under the Falcon brand:
-65 XR6 Turbos, optioned, perhaps with XR8 bonnets, 4 spot calipers up front etc.
-35 XR6 Utes again with same specs
-25 GT's.. optioned to the roof.
With one of each being a press car.
I would say exactly the same for South Africa. The turbos would be in demand in a country where comments about powerloss due to altitude are frequently mentioned. With turbos, there is no loss, the turbo just spins faster. Given there is no affordable turbo in large sedan sold there it has novelty market appeal. Again as a Falcon not as a Ford.
From testing the waters in both of those markets a decision could be made about the seemingly impossible Japanese market. Also information gathered would help with Raptor exports and overall international automotive trend, demand etc.
Also make perhaps a 100 of each for australian market and call them "internationals", "export" or some suitably limited international sounding name..
Obviously with fords limited production being much less than Holdens now. It should be forumlating ways to maxiumise value and prestige throughout the range. Plus it shows ford hasn't gone all 80's on us again and dropped the ball on competiting with Holden in what ever form that takes.
Fords position isn't about expansion. Its about protecting what it has got. A small volume premuim export plan would be helpful for that. Also it could help with future negotiations with Ford head managment about weather Ford OZ can make a truely global quality product.