It's no secret that sentiment counts for nothing in the global world of selling cars, and that the BA-type Falcon has failed utterly to keep pace with Holden's new billion-dollar Commodore in sales. Ford's answer is to bring in the gorgeous new Mondeo.... http://www.drive.com.au/Editorial/ArticleDetail.aspx?ArticleID=41416 But this car has far-reaching implications. It's only a tad smaller than the Falcon, and it's just possible that it may finally break the nexus bewteen the average Aussie's hip pocket and rear-wheel-drive; "So I can tow a caravan when I go on holidays :roll:". If it does it will certainly replace the Falcon, and leave Holden as the only rea-wheel-drive maker in the Australian marketplace. Now I've never been a front-wheel-drive fanatic; somehow the idea of the rear wheels pushing me up Macquarie Pass instead of front wheels pulling me up same, does something visceral to my psyche. I loved my old rear-wheel-drive Triumphs, and only four-wheel drive seems a valid replacement for the engine being in the front (or rear) and the rear wheels being driven. And the marketplace up till now has supported that feeling. The Avalon failed completely to make a dent, and Toyota had a huge backlash when they dropped the fabulous rear-wheel-drive Cressida and told its loyal fans that they could buy a tarted-up Camry in its place. Mitsubishi's problems are global and not all related to the Australian market-place, but there's no doubt that, as good as they are, the Magna and the 'invisible man' of the current crop, the 380, have been failures in denting Ford and Holden's grip on the full-sized car sector, despite being squarely aimed at it. The same can be said of Toyota's Aurion, saturation advertising notwithstanding. But the world has adopted front-wheel drive in all sectors except that occupied by America's idiotic SUVs, and it can only be a matter of time before common-sense dictates that a tiny fraction of the population tow a caravan once a year on holidays, and that with a blindfold on, it's hard to tell between a rear-wheel drive car and a front-wheel-drive car in terms of dymanics and drivebility. And at the petrol pump. I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that the Mondeo will be a big seller, and a serious competitor for the Commodore in the same market sector, and that within 5 years, possibly less, Ford will have to drop the Falcon altogether, leaving Holden in either the favoured position of still making once-a-year-towing cars, or isolated with out-of-date and hard to sell technology. The buying sectors that will drive this will be, as they always are, fleet and taxi purchasers.