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 Post subject: Ford Australia assigned RWD Global Platform
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:07 pm 
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DETROIT--Ford Motors is bringing global vehicles to North America for the Ford brand.

The redesigned models will begin arriving in 2010, when the Fiesta small car goes on sale. By the end of 2013, at least seven Ford brand nameplates will be on global platforms.

Except for tweaks made for market-specific regulations or customer tastes, Ford has said the vehicles on those platforms will be the same from country to country. Common parts save money.

Meanwhile, Ford has scrapped plans for large, rear-drive sedans for the Ford and Lincoln brands. The global platform had been assigned to Ford of Australia.

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7-10296358-48.html
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 Post subject: Re: Ford Australia assigned RWD Global Platform
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 3:55 pm 
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Had, meaning was but not anymore. Global RWD got cancelled.
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 Post subject: Re: Ford Australia assigned RWD Global Platform
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 9:33 pm 
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It has meaning, the US Global RWD has been scrapped, and Ford Australia have been assigned the job(Global Large Car RWD Platform). This article was from yesterday (27th of July). There are going to be 7 world wide Ford nameplates by the end of 2013. The Falcon just recieved the ecoboost technology, US Ford think the Falcon is too good a car to get rid of.
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Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:18 am 
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I'll believe it when I see an Aussie falcon on Ammerican soil dressed up as a fleet car (cop or cab).
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 Post subject: Re: Ford Australia assigned RWD Global Platform
Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:35 am 
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This will be brilliant if it is A) True and B) come to fruition!!

I have started to get quite upset at the prospect of being totally unable to purchase a RWD Ford into the future.

I mean really..... What sort of a joke would that be??

 

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Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:18 pm 
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The Explorer will move from an rear-wheel-drive body-on-frame truck platform to the front-wheel-drive unibody car platform that underpins the Taurus and Flex. Production will move from Louisville to Chicago.


doesnt sound like much of a explorer to me :S

 

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Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:27 pm 
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The explorer would be a girly car if it goes front wheel drive.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Ford Australia assigned RWD Global Platform
Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:42 pm 
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its very much a girly car atm
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 Post subject: Re: Ford Australia assigned RWD Global Platform
Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:46 pm 
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I think we are maybe reading this wrong; although I'm not quite sure what to make of it.

"Meanwhile, Ford has scrapped plans for large, rear-drive sedans for the Ford and Lincoln brands. The global platform had been assigned to Ford of Australia. "

"HAD" being past tense. They were planning on using the Ford Aust platform for Ford US & lincoln but have now scrapped that idea.

 

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Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:31 pm 
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sd1800 wrote:
I think we are maybe reading this wrong; although I'm not quite sure what to make of it.

"Meanwhile, Ford has scrapped plans for large, rear-drive sedans for the Ford and Lincoln brands. The global platform had been assigned to Ford of Australia. "

"HAD" being past tense. They were planning on using the Ford Aust platform for Ford US & lincoln but have now scrapped that idea.


Woops :oops:
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Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:22 pm 
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Yep. in this months Sm magazine there's a small write up on how the big 3 are fairing. The global RWD platform got canned. Looks like the only RWD cars coming from detroit are mustangs and F trucks. The Lincoln and Crown Vic replacements will be FWD.
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Posted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:49 am 
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Crown Vic replacements will be FWD.


wonder how the police cruisers will fare as FWD?

 

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Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 1:33 am 
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xcabbi wrote:
Crown Vic replacements will be FWD.


wonder how the police cruisers will fare as FWD?



lol at the thought of front wheel drive "chaser's"...

 

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