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Ford’s Global RWD platform… Axed…

January 13, 2009

Source: Autoblog

Ebb and flow. That’s the way the petroleum market works, and if history holds true – and it normally does – then fuel prices are set to go up… again… and then some. So it’s no surprise that Ford, GM and Chrysler – not to mention its competitors from across the Pacific – all brought out plenty of fuel-sipping models at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. Nor is it surprising that J Mays, Ford’s design chief, is telling the world that FoMoCo’s rear-wheel-drive plans have been nixed.

FG Falcon drivetrain
“We’ve got other priorities,” Mays told Automotive News/Autoweek, referring to both Ford and Lincoln’s plans for a RWD sedan. “We’re going down a path right now that is all about fuel efficiency.”

The original plan – which began a year ago and was already under review in the middle of 2008 when gas prices were peaking – was to work with Ford’s Australian arm to develop a new, large RWD platform that would be shared with the U.S. market. The new sedan was due in 2013, but as the landscape changed, Ford decided to eliminate the plan altogether. Mays says he was looking forward to the project, but he seems resolute with the shift to efficiency. We say: now’s the time to start working on a small, RWD shooting brake with a 1.4-liter EcoBoost four – Ford News Blog agrees whole heatedly!!!

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One comment

  1. What? No global RWD platform? What is Ford thinking? I’ve never been able to understand the automotive industry’s compulsion that fuel efficiency is only attainable with inferior FWD cars. That makes no sense. I have a fantastic RWD 1997 Lincoln Mark VIII that gets 22-25 miles per gallon! Every day!! You can’t beat that. Especially in a 2 ton car with a 290hp V-8 engine. Ford desperately needs a big RWD sedan to compete with Cadillac, Chrysler, Dodge, BMW, Mercedes, and…drumroll please…HYUNDAI! Yes, Hyundai! Ford needs to wake up and smell the tire smoke. People want RWD and V-8 power. That’s why the once el-cheapo Korean company Hyundai has introduced a large RWD V-8 powered sedan (Genesis) and a RWD V-6 powered coupe (Genesis coupe). If Hyundai’s going RWD, you know there’s a market trend in that direction. Please tell someone at Ford to start reading some car magazines sometime. Then maybe they’d know what’s going on in the auto industry.



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