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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 26th 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---3 Debate on Falcon's new form Ford's new Falcon may still be six years away and it may not be a rear-wheel drive, says NEIL McDONALD NO DECISION: Today's Falcon will need engine changes to meet tougher emission standards. I'm happy with the progress we're making but like all things, it takes time ---MARIN BURELA THE debate over which wheels will drive the next- generation Falcon is heating up. As the company celebrates the Falcon's 50th year, Ford Australia president and chief executive, Marin Burela, says the existing rear-drive sedan architecture could run until 2016 if necessary. ''The update I can give you is that we're working full steam on the replacement program for the Falcon in terms of defining the vehicle's attributes, the powertrains we need to have, the fuel economy and the content,'' he said. ''There is a lot of work taking place right now about this. ''I'm happy with the progress we're making but like all things, it takes time and it needs to take time to ensure we get the right solution for Australian motorists.'' If Ford chooses to push the big six out to 2016, the car's silky 4.0-litre engine would need work to meet Euro 5 emissions standards expected to come into force from 2014. But Burela says the company is in a good position not to be forced into a premature decision about the car or its powertrains. ''We can study that space,'' he says. ''Right now the jury is very much out but there is no question that there are alternatives out there that can satisfy the motoring enthusiast as well as the general car buyer.'' One of those alternatives is a locally produced version of the US Ford Taurus, which has a sophisticated 3.5-litre V6 powering both front and all-wheel drive models. Like Holden, which spent $1 billion developing the VE Commodore and Statesman, Ford could go it alone with its own locally designed and engineered car but Burela is coy about any preferences. ''We're in such a nice position,'' he says. ''We don't have to have a new Falcon, until we get to about 2016. ''Quite frankly we're ahead of the game in terms of all of the study work we're doing for a replacement. ''We're much further down the track in terms of the study, focus group work and looking at how the Australian automotive landscape is evolving than we have ever been in our history and that's a good place to be.'' Burela is confident the next- generation Falcon will remain an intrinsically Australian car. ''The exciting thing for us is that we have one of the few core engineering centres in the Ford world right here,'' he says. ''We have one of the very few highly integrated and technically capable proving grounds and testing facilities in the world. ''Ford has come out publicly and said that Australia will be a major engineering, development and testing centre for new vehicle programs.'' Burela says Ford would not have invested $230 million on the EcoBoost turbocharged four, the diesel for Territory and the LPI gas engine for Falcon and the ute if it was not confident in the future. The cost efficiencies and fuel efficiency achieved by the in-line 4.0-litre six remain strong too, he says. ''I think we're going to be a formidable competitor as we move forward.'' Chance to share a secret T HE gates to Ford's top- secret proving ground near Geelong are being thrown open to the public. However, there's a small catch. Just 50 winners of Ford's ''ultimate Ford experience'' competition will be able to get past the security guards. The competition is part of the Falcon's 50th anniversary celebrations. The winners will not only get a tour of the multi-million-dollar You Yangs facility, but also the chance to be driven around the testing track by Ford test drivers. Winners will also have VIP access to Ford's Campbellfield styling studio, a tour of the Campbellfield and Geelong assembly plants, and lunch with Ford racing legends Dick Johnson and Alan Moffat. To be in the running, simply head to Facebook and ''liking'' the ''Falcon turns 50 fan page'' www.facebook.com/ FalconTurns50 and follow the instructions. The competition closes at 4pm on July 9. Winners will be announced on July 14. FUTURE DIRECTIONS Ford Falcon WHEEL DEALS used cars Motors A 2007 Toyota Camry Grande has been reduced to $27,995. This Caribbean blue vehicle has alloy wheels, a leather appointed interior and wood grain inserts. The audio unit has full satellite navigation, MP3 and CD capabilities. This 2.4-litre four-cylinder unit is fuel efficient and coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission. 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