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It?s kind of ironic that the clearest picture of the 2008 Falcon Orion has actually been taken by a photographer in the States. Leftlanenews debuted the image seen below late last week. As you can see the side profile is basically disguise free and the C-pillar shape and basic line of the 2008 Falcon can be clearly seen.
We have to say that it appears to look quite good and may lack the awkwardness of the base model VE Commodore.
The really interesting thing about this image is that it was taken in North America as the car was being unloaded from a shipping container. There has been a whisper for a little while now that Ford may choose a similar route to GM and use their cost effective and creative Australian outpost as their development centre for their rear wheel drive platforms.
The fact that the 2008 Falcon is now in the States hints at this being more than just a rumour or whisper. Could we be looking at a development mule that may precede Ford Australia exporting Falcons to the US in a move mirroring Holden?s Commodore export plans? It may just be that some future Ford product will use the Falcon's rear drive platform.
We know that Ford are looking at export markets for the 2008 Falcon ?Orion? as well as the Territory and they need to if they are to remain viable in Australia. The buzz on the American based forums after the release of this photo suggests that Ford would have no trouble selling Falcons or Falcon based product in the US.
Lets hope the next gen Aussie Falcon makes its way through the usual red tape, gets around the American Automobile Workers Union and begins to make a global name for itself.
Update 02/12/07 - picture gallery thanks to Australian Ford Forum who are worth visiting for the latest news on Orion in their Orion Knowledge Hub section .