next month in Detroit , Ford will present a rear-drive Lincoln concept car. It will be based on the same rear-drive chassis and engineering architecture it is planning for a future design of Ford Australia’s popular Falcon model.

The rear-drive concept will include several design cues that design chief Peter Horbury wants to incorporate into a future flagship Lincoln, whether he wins the rear-drive battle or not.

"If Ford is serious about saving and reviving Lincoln, then rear-drive design is essential," says John Wolkonowicz, an automotive analyst with Global Insight. Ford had recently discussed building a rear-drive Lincoln off the engineering architecture of the Ford Mustang. But that idea was thwarted because the Mustang has a solid rear axle, and the ride of a luxury car should have an independent rear suspension.

Source: businessweek

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