Is this the Ford Falcon's successor?

DAVID MCCOWEN
Last updated 15:05 28/05/2013
The American Ford Taurus in transit before it was shipped to Melbourne.

UNDER COVER: The American Ford Taurus in transit before it was shipped to Melbourne.

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Just days after Ford announced it would end production of its Australian-built Falcon in 2016, a possible American successor to the car has been spotted at Sydney Airport.

Eagle-eyed transport staff caught a US-built Ford Taurus in transit before it was shipped to Ford engineers in Melbourne. The Taurus has long been mooted as the replacement for the Australian-built Falcon.

Ford Australia spokesman Neil McDonald says the vehicle had been imported by Ford Australia.

"We often have engineering vehicles for North America and Europe and other parts of the world that we work on for other markets,'' he says.

''It's not an indication that the vehicle is going to be on sale here.''

Ford TaurusMcDonald says the Taurus' presence was not necessarily linked to last week's announcement that Ford's Falcon and Territory were to be discontinued.

He said Australian engineers had been working with the US-sourced Ford Explorer SUV. The Explorer has been rumoured as a potential successor to the Territory.

The car that was imported this week is a Taurus SHO, a car equivalent to the 270kW Ford Falcon G6E Turbo that currently sits at the top of the brand’s local range.

Ford's top tier Taurus has a turbocharged 3.5-litre engine that pushes 270kW and 475Nm through all four wheels. Other Taurus models are fitted with front-wheel-drive and a choice of 211kW V6 or 177kW EcoBoost four-cylinder engines.

-Fairfax Media Australia

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