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Report: Ford to expand Mustang line to include sedan, wagon

Ford will expand its Mustang lineup to include a sedan and station wagon, according to reports in the latest issues of Autocar and Autoweek. The new models will hit showrooms alongside the sixth-generation Mustang coupe in 2011. The magazines seem to suggest the cars will use the Mustang name, which could prove controversial.

The reports echo a Newsweek story from March that indicated Ford was quietly working on a "rear-wheel-drive family car based on the Mustang that's coming at the end of the decade."

The new reports suggest the rear-wheel-drive platform under development by Ford's Australian branch will be used for the next Mustang, and all its variants. As reported this week, Ford is planning to unveil a Lincoln sedan concept based on the same platform in January. Ford Australia will also use the architecture for its next Falcon. While Ford says the recently-unveiled Mustang Giugiaro concept was intended as a simple design exercise, certain aspects of the design are expected to influence the next-generation 'Stang.