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by George Skentzos

Once again the quality of Australian automotive engineering has been recognised on a global scale with Ford announcing it would rely on its Australian division to develop its next global rear-wheel-drive platform.

The platform in question is already nearing completion, of course referring to the Falcon Orion architecture which will be adapted in the United States for vehicles such as the Lincoln MKR and the Ford Interceptor.


Production of vehicles based on the Australian developed platform will take place in the US and not in Australia unlike Holden’s current arrangement with the Pontiac G8.

“There are good reasons not to: currency, freight,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford group vice president of global manufacturing.

Regardless, this is yet another major boost to the quality, credibility and capability of Australian industry and one which both Holden and Ford fans alike should be proud of.