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by Karl Peskett

In a press conference in Melbourne yesterday, Ford Motor Co chief Alan Mulally would not rule out the possibility of Ford’s iconic Falcon switching drive layout.

Speaking to journalists, he noted that Australians were “obsessed with rear-wheel-drive”. And your point is? But the real reason for the push to change, is the global realisation that it makes more economic and environmental sense to utilise front-wheel- and all-wheel-drive layouts.

“All-wheel-drives and front-wheel drives are pretty spectacular and they’re going to continue to get better”, Mulally told Drive.com.au. “We are aggressively transforming our product line to have more fuel-efficient small and medium sized cars and utilities. We’re doing that worldwide.

“The real focus to be successful long term is going to be that you have absolutely dynamite smaller vehicles to support worldwide [consumer demands].”

Mulally did offer hope that Ford Australia would be an engineering base for the global manufacturer, thereby allowing scope for input from Aussie designers. After all, he has been quoted as saying that the current Falcon is a “dynamite vehicle”, and that there is “going to be a significant market worldwide for the Falcon.”

Whether that is in rear-wheel-drive, or another platform is unclear at this stage.

“It will be driven by what the customer wants and values, and especially the fuel economy and the performance,” said Mulally.

What do you think? Is it time for the Falcon to switch drive layout?






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