In an exclusive story, Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper has announced that Australian rear wheel drive Ford enthusiasts will be getting something to help them get over the hurt of Ford’s recent announcement that it will be discontinuing local production of the Falcon along with the rest of Ford production facilities down under.
Starting in 2016, all Fords sold in Australia will be built somewhere else. The salve in the wound of Aussie Ford fans is that one of those imports will be a right hand drive version of the next generation Mustang, also starting in 2016. It will be the first time since the 1960s that factory built RHD Mustangs will be officially available to the Australian market. True to the hooning reputation of drivers in that country, Ford is said to only be going to offer V8 power in Mustangs exported to there. Though the announcement is sure to be welcomed by Ford fans in Oz, it’s not that surprising since Ford had earlier announced that RHD versions of the next Mustangs will be sold in the UK. Ford expects that 10% of worldwide sales of Mustangs will have the steering wheels on the right hand side. Ford did do some local RHD conversions of the Mustang about a decade ago,but only sold about 400 due to the $90,000 price (I assume the Herald Sun is using figures in Australian dollars). This time, Ford is said to be pricing the Mustang in Australia a little more reasonably, at about $50,000. More than what a base V8 car costs in the States, but still achievable for many Aussie Ford fans.