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Ford Telstar (AT Telstar)

AT Telstar

Make: Ford

Model: Telstar

Released: Jan 1970

Discontinued: Oct 1989

Ford logo1 Oct 1987

By CHRIS HARRIS

Smoother, quieter, stronger and more spacious, the Japan-sourced AT series was based on the 3rd-generation 626.

The base GL sedan and hatchback used the carryover 68kW 2.0L engine, while the Ghia models gained a gustier 84kW 2.2L 12-valve “4.” The top-line TX5 Turbo continued with the larger engine, pumping out 100/108kW of power, and anti-lock brakes.

All models’ handling, ride and refinement qualities benefited from extra body rigidity and improved suspension, while better quality ensured greater reliability and durability.

But sales began to slide in the face of fierce rivalry from the Toyota Camry and upmarket marques like Honda, Saab, and BMW.

The Telstar sedans were discontinued in October ’89 when the commercially disastrous, locally assembled Nissan U12 Pintara-based Corsair took their place.

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