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Ford Fairmont

AU Fairmont

Ford logo1 Sep 1998

By THE GOAUTO TEAM

The curvy AU sported an all-new body and interior, heavily revised drivetrain, recalibrated coil spring suspension, optional independent rear suspension (IRS), extra standard features, greater refinement and much improved dynamics.

The auto-only base 157kW 4.0L I6 was completely overhauled and considerably quieter and more efficient for it.

But in spite of such advances, the futuristic, oval styling divided opinions and consequently sales dovetailed.

Ford retaliated by lowering the ride height and improving the brakes. A better fate was deserved.

The boxy wagon continued with leaf-spring rear suspension. A chrome-laden mesh grille distinguished the Fairmont series.

New standard features: CD player, remote central locking, steering wheel audio controls, immobiliser.

Engine options: 175kW 5.0L V8.

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