According to an article on the Drive website from Australia, the Ford Falcon is going the “way of the Dodo” and sales are well below the point of economic viability.
And the EcoBoost 4 cylinder, which was designed to make the Falcon a bit more competitive in the Australian marketplace, has been delayed until early 2012.
Not a surprise, since this same engine hasn’t shown up in the new Explorer when it was supposed to either.
Going back to our original article on the likely demise of the Falcon, and how that will kill any hope for a modern Mustang platform, it appears that the sales decline makes the demise of the rear wheel drive Falcon all but a sure thing. Our question next would be “what happens now”. Will Ford go thru with it’s plan to make the Ford Taurus the next Falcon? And the gigantic, obese, SHO would replace the current Falcon XR. Even with it’s new 400-HP EcoBoost V-6 coming in 2012, it’s still hauling 4368 pounds without options.
The Australians have loved their performance Falcons for years. Are they going to accept a warmed over SHO? We don’t think so. Australians, time to get to your nearest Ford dealer for very nearly your last chance to buy a real Falcon.