GM reveals plan for huge reduction in platforms and engines

August 10th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

At a recent business conference, General Motors has revealed details on a new plan that will apparently ensure long-term sustainable performance for the Detroit carmaker.

It calls for some extreme measures including a significant reduction of platforms used by its brands globally. This will help cut development costs and increase profits.

“More of our components will be common and more of our vehicles will be on global architectures” said the GM CEO, Dan Akerson.

Like it’s arch rival Ford with its ‘One Ford’ policies GM will reduce the number of core architectures, parts and subcomponents. GM’s platforms also be reduced from 30 in 2010, to just 14 by 2018. Continue reading “GM reveals plan for huge reduction in platforms and engines” »

Next-gen Ford Falcon may use Mustang platform

October 6th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Ford has managed to stay strong through the tough economic times with a large part of its success attributed to the “One Ford” policy installed by boss Allan Mulally. But not all Ford enthusiasts are fans of this policy particularly with recent speculation, after Mulally’s comments at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, that next Ford Falcon would be transferred to a front-wheel drive platform, shared with the American Taurus.

We love our RWD machines and most Falcon fans turn red at the thought of it going front drive, but new reports that comments by Mulally at the Paris Motor Show may calm those fears. The Ford CEO has now acknowledged that rear drive vehicles are still commercially viable, and continued that the automaker would continue to make vehicles that customers want.

While Mulally didn’t exactly announce that the Mustang and Falcon would one day share a platform, he hinted that it’s a possibility. Mulally said that rear-wheel drive platforms will be global in the future, adding “we love our rear-wheel drive platforms and we love Mustang, and they’re global platforms.”

This isn’t the first time rumours about the Falcon and Mustang sharing a rear drive platform have surfaced. In January of this year it was revealed that the next Mustang would house an independent rear suspension set up. Making it even more likely that the Falcon and Mustang would share that platform.