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Big-as-Ballarat engine can’t help Ford’s fading Falcon star
1 Jan 2016
By TIM ROBSON
THEY say things always end badly, otherwise they never end. And while it might be a bit melodramatic to say it like that, the end for the Ford Falcon is likely to be an emotional time for its many fans.
Except most of those fans who will be weeping and gnashing their teeth come October 2016 will have contributed to the car’s demise by not actually buying it.
The large car sector has been shedding buyers in an almost vertical downwards trajectory for several years now, and Ford, along with great rivals Holden, was caught on the hop by an increasingly sophisticated buying public downsizing and up-branding at the same time.
Overpriced, unsuited to the market and behind the technological eight-ball, the Falcon simply became irrelevant to the Australian car buyer.
So now we come to the last of the breed, the FG X. Despite sheetmetal tweaks to the nose and tail, the basic bones of the FG X can be traced back to the AU of the early 2000s, while the shape still exudes BA.
Ford’s engineers are a proud bunch, though, so with little more than the change they could find down the back of the tea-room couch, they’ve managed to come up with a resurrected version of the venerable range-topper, the XR8, that will serve as a fitting epitaph to nearly 60 years of Falcon history.
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