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Car reviews - Ford - Falcon - Fairmont Ghia V8 sedan


22 Nov 2002

BA Falcon benefits from a number of active and passive safety improvements, not the least of them the 88 per cent stiffer bodyshell and, for the first time in a Falcon, the availability of side impact airbags to match Commodore.

Standard in Fairmont Ghia and optional in all Falcon variants below Fairmont, the seat-mounted items necessitated the relocation of each front seat inboard by 12mm.

Fairmont Ghia's safety package also includes ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution), dual front airbags, three-point lap/sash seatbelts at all seating positions, front seatbelt height adjustment, seatbelt warning chime and head restraints for outboard seating positions - although there are only non-adjustable extended seat backs in the rear.

Traction control is standard on XR6-T, XR8, Fairmont and Fairmont Ghia, while it is optional on Futura (not available on XT and the base XR6). A limited-slip differential is also standardon V8 models.

Did you know?

For BA Falcon, CAE staff used more than two billion CPU seconds for crash simulation. It would take a Pentium III computer more than 236 years to run one crash simulation. CAE engineers ran more than 1750 virtual crash simulations - that is more than one crash simulation every day, continuously, for four years

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