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The Mercury Cars Guide : November 21st 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au ---15 Falcon sales has Ford seeing light at end of tunnel QUIETLY CONFIDENT: Ford is thrilled that their Falcon has beaten the Holden Commodore in sedan sales, now they are looking to the future of the model. FORD Australia would have been celebrating if the Blue Oval had only beaten Commodore sedan by just one Falcon sedan sale, but last month its was more like 30. The Melbourne-based car ma- ker is looking at the light at the end of the tunnel with cautious confidence, brought about by solid forward orders of its high- end Falcon range and good signs for the face-lifted Territory. Ford Australia boss Marin Burela said Fiesta has grown its share but the Falcon result --- particularly the model mix and private share --- was outstand- ing news for Ford in October. ''Our desire was to do some- thing special with Falcon sedan, dating back to 2006, we outsold Falcon sedan vs Commodore sedan,'' Mr Burela said. ''I can't tell you what great celebration and great delight there was in this --- our share on Falcon sedan has grown over the last year from 25 to 35 per cent in sedan. ''We're extremely excited by that, I can't tell you how de- lighted we were with that.'' Mr Burela is pleased with the Falcon sedan result but the good news is also coming from its imported line-up. ''The biggest challenge we had was maintaining our supply to dealers, we exceeded out tar- gets on Focus, Falcon, Ute, Ran- ger, Transit, we had our best Ranger 4x4 private sales ever, the second best Ranger sales on record,'' he says. Mr Burela believes the com- pany has lost Territory sales because the factory was failing to match demand for the face- lifted SUV, something the com- pany was rectifying. ''I think we're losing sales because we don't have enough vehicles in the right locations to meet demand,'' he says. The Ford boss is looking to 2010 with cautious optimism and says the company has no non- production days planned for 2010. He said he believed the 2010 market would be soft in the first quarter but stronger in the second. ''We believe the industry will kick up from the second quarter, we can re-balance quickly if we need to,'' he said. ''We have to be cautious with the optimism, there's a lot more work to be done to get the industry back to where it needs to be,'' he says.STUART MARTIN small torque Ford Focus TDCi Price: $30,290 Engine: 2-litre, 4-cyl, turbo- diesel Power: 100kW @ 4000rpm Torque: 320Nm @ 2000rp\ Fuel: Diesel Economy (official): 5.9 li- tres/100km Greenhouse: 157g/km (Cor- olla: 175g/km) Transmission: 6-speed auto- matic, dual-clutch sequen- tial; front-drive Brakes: 4-wheel discs, ESC, ABS, EBD, brake assist Wheels: 16-inch alloy, 205/55R16 tyres; space- saver spare Rating: 86/100 Frugal Ford Focus diesel is surprisingly enjoyable FAMILY FRIENDLY: Ford Focus TDCi turbodiesel is being rated as an economical family machine . Ford matches its neat diesel with its new semi-auto gearbox. Neil Dowling drives the Focus FROM my rudimentary lessons on the term ''economies of scale'' I learned that the more widgets you make, the cheaper each widget will cost. It's logical and true for all manufacturing concepts except the automatic gearbox. Why do automatic gearboxes cost $2000 or more on top of a manual transmission when al- most 90 per cent of Australian cars are made with the auto box? I could be cynical and suggest it's like metallic paint and is a bit of financial cream for the car maker. But, of course, that couldn't be true. Motorists crave for auto- matics like my school mates and I in the 1970s craved Passiona. Perhaps we enjoy the relax- ation of driving an auto on the way to the gym. Or maybe we're just getting lazy and population and traffic density has crowded our desire to enjoy motoring. I ask all these questions be- cause Australia loves the auto and yet, when it comes to diesels, we're basically being served up a bunch of manuals. And it's not going down well with us. But there are a handful of diesel autos creeping through the wharves, one of the latest being the surprisingly enjoy- able, frugal and affordable Ford Focus diesel. Actually, it's not exactly an auto --- it's better, for this is Ford's first dual-clutch auto- mated gearbox of practically identical design to the VW, Audi, Porsche, BMW and Skoda sys- tems. It has six cogs, a D for drive and the ability to manually flick through the ratios in a sequen- tial shift that is quick and above all even more fuel efficient than a pure automatic transmission. The Ford gearbox has one of the better gearchanges around that hasn't the pronounced snatch between gears of some and doesn't suffer from the awful dry-mouth lag on acceleration. You can flick it up and down the gears, too, but remember you're dealing with a diesel here and there's not much point in revving it above 4000rpm. Another good thing about the box is it comes attached to Ford's beaut two-litre turbo-diesel and is enclosed by a functional, spacious and well-built hatch- back body that is ideal for the family. There are some downfalls --- the first is that Ford doesn't make enough fuss about this car. It really is a class winner. The second is that the turbo- diesel Focus --- called a TDCi - comes in a trim level that is a bit low rent. I recognise that the segment is price sensitive but a more attractive cabin would cer- tainly lure more buyers, particu- larly women. As it stands, the cabin is a bit too plasticy and from a design standpoint, a decade or two out of touch of rivals such as Volk- swagen, But, as a quote allegedly attached to Ferrucio Lamborgh- ini when calming a customer: ''The money pays for the engine, the rest you get for free''. Ford claims 5.9 litres/100km and I returned 7.2 l/100km but that was predominantly city driving and constant manual- shifting. It is a fun car to drive in its manual mode and I didn't mind paying a bit more at the fuel bowser. Anyway, 7.2 isn't to be sneezed at. The rest of the car is all Focus hatch, with seating for four adults and a big boot enhanced by split, fold-down rear seats. It is a solid car on the road and is very similar in feel to the VW Golf and so imparts a sense of confidence and quality. The handling is excellent thanks to a taut chassis and the ride comfort is up with the best thanks to a firm suspension system. It is a surprisingly good car and should be placed on the shopping list for buyers wanting an economical family machine without the clutch pedal. Motor Cycles LAMS APPROVED GT650R 2008 Full faring Hyosung, 11,500 kms, $6,000 ono Sandy Bay ph 0407 564464 0 MINI BIKE 50CC Husqvar na 2007, motorcross, as new, used once, $1,300 ono. Ph 6268 6670 or 0439 830 905 1MOTOCROSS BIKES Kawasaki 05 KX65 $2,800. 93 KX80 $1,200. 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