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The Mercury Cars Guide : April 18th 2009
8— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, April 18, 2009 Economy effort pays off F UEL efficiency is the newest weapon for Ford as it works flat-out to boost Falcon sales and bridge the gap to the top-selling Holden Commodore. Under-bonnet tweaking is boosting economy and efficiency of the basic Falcon six to match the pace set bythe Toyota Aurion, but the work does not stop there. There will also be an E-GasXR6 coming later in the year.AndESP stability control will be available on E-Gas models from next month. The latest tweaked Territory, despite very minor body changes, also picks up a major economy boost. The improvement to the Falcon looks minor — just 0.2L/100km improvement — but that is enough to give the family Ford equal top billing with the Aurion in the large car class. Ford says a base-model Falcon XT fitted with the optional six- speed ZF automatic now uses 9.9L/100km, a figure that is a full 0.7 better than a Commdore Ome- ga fitted with the four-speed auto. But there is a catch, as ticking the ZF box will cost an extra $2000 and takes the XT’s price up to $40,290 against $39,290 for a base Omega. The six-speed automatic can also be selected on the G6, G6E and XR6 models. Thelatest changes to the Falcon come as the Broadmeadows bat- tler was outsold 3544-1990 by the Commodore last month, despite the obvious edge from the six- speed self-shifter. ‘‘The fuel economy program is ongoing,’’ says Ford’s product ONTHEWAY: The much anticipated fuel efficient Falcon XR6 is set for release later in the year. communications manager, Justin Lacy. ‘‘We’ve improved the efficiency more than 13 per cent since the BA (Falcon). ‘‘Our share in the (large car) segment has actually increased over the past year. ‘‘Obviously, volume is off, but as a percentage we’re up.’’ The economy effort is a big one, with Ford’s president Marin Bur- ela claiming the Falcon now matches a four-cylinder car. ‘‘Falcon XT continues to out- class its direct competitor on all the key performance measures, delivering 11 per cent more en- gine power and 20 per cent more torque, while at the same time using almost seven per cent less fuel,’’ Mr Burela said. To achieve the improvements on the inline six, Ford has fitted a new catalytic converter, revised the engine calibration for im- proved cold-start performance and improved the calibration of the six-speed transmission. The ESP update on E-Gas mod- els means they will be eligible for a five-star NCAP safety rating, although it has taken 14 months to get the necessary work done. Changes had to be made to calibration of the throttle control and spark retardation for E-gas- powered vehicles. Lacy says having stability con- trol will lift the appeal of E-Gas range. ‘‘This gives fleets that require stability control the option of considering the Falcons in petrol or E-Gas versions, so it’s another competitive advantage,’’ he said. The large-car refresh has also extended to the Territory with the SY Mark II boasting a five per cent improvement in fuel con- sumption on the five-seat TX and TS rear-wheel drive models. That drops their official con- sumption to 11.6L/100km, down from 12.2. The upgrade, previewed at the Melbourne Motor Show last month, also brings more standard equipment, with the TX picking up side curtain airbags, cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels and colour-coded bumpers, door han- dles and mirrors, while the TS will also have a reverse parking camera, front fog lamps and a third row seat as standard. Ghia models include an Alpine rear DVD system, side steps, rear privacy glass and 18-inch alloy wheels. CRAIG DUFF
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