When GM decided to rejuvenate its RWD lineup it turned to its Holden division in Australia to spearhead the engineering work for the new cars. The Aussie market is unique in that it’s home to two of the world’s most affordable, spacious, and powerful RWD models, the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon sedans, and while many other markets have focused on compact and fuel-efficient FWD models the Aussies have been improving their rear-driving offerings for more than 30 years.

Like GM, Ford too wants to revive its RWD heritage but, unlike its rival, the Blue Oval plans to engineer and design its new models in the U.S. "The vehicles that we're looking at will be designed where they're engineered, and those global RWD platform vehicles will be engineered here in the U.S, as far as I know," Ford group vice president of design J Mays revealed to Automotive News.

Ford execs confirmed this month that there are RWD models in the pipeline for both Ford and Lincoln, and speaking at the recent Detroit Auto Show Ford's president of the Americas, Mark Fields, said the cars will probably come out in the next three to five years.

The new models according to Mays will feature the same proportions as the previous Ford Interceptor (pictured) and Lincoln MKR concepts but the final production versions won’t look the same. They will have “more dynamic exterior styling,” he claimed.