Next part of this episode of Test Drive, the introduction of the new FG Falcon. Ok, lotsa new stuff on the Falcon, but, in the real world, away from the sissy-bars and lesbian-encouraging female-only-gyms, what point is it all and will it be suitable in ten or more years? Yeah, that's right, most of the stuff in the cabin of the new Falcon will be obsolete and useless in a few years. Like the recent models that had stereos that could not easily be upgraded or altered (meaning the average second-hand car buyer had no use for the Falcon, which diminishes its value on the second-hand market and onlookers translate that to the new cars and so buy Commodores, Magnas, Camry's or foreign-built cars)these lovely new cars will have a much lower value in coming years than that of a Commodore of the same age. It's all well and good to have lots of beaut toys in the cab, but they've got to be able to be usable in ten to twenty years and upgradability should be paramount on the minds of the car's developers; alas it is not.
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This is a very good segment. While we watch the reporter waffle on about
the car's foreign styling and other crap, we can see how well designed the
car is for passengers and driver alike. Driver seat position and visibility
are among the top five things of importance on a car. It's always easy to
build a car for short people or for tall people, but for both; that's a
little hard. And sure, there are problems not mentioned here, such as the
gear shift position with manuals, but generally speaking, the FG's as good
as the VE for ergonomics. Also, who wouldn't want to drive around in such a
piece of art?
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Ok, here's the "Safety" bloke from the tv show, Test Drive. Right, sure,
safety's fine, but if you don't crash and you can avoid trouble, what use
is all that safety crap? Well, nothing, that's what. All this modern safety
stuff is for sooks and substandard drivers. However, these drivers do
exist, though I personally believe that driver's licenses shouldn't be
handed out so willy-nilly and only the best of the best should EVER be
allowed to drive on our roads and that would A: remove a lot of cars from
our roads and B: remove almost any need for safety features on our
vehicles. Still, things are as they are and as it turns out, the new FG
Falcon is a brilliant piece of safety equipment.
Ford unveils the FG Falcon
Ford has taken the covers of its much hyped new FG Falcon. The exterior
showed off a more chiseled look than its predecessor, obviously inspired by
Ford kinetic design language already seen in the Mondeo. Sales start in
May, and the FPV high-performance versions will go on-sale June 2.
FG is the last hurrah for the Falcon as a unique Australian car. In 2010 it
trades its iconic locally-built 4.0-litre inline 6 for an imported V6. In
2012-13 it should adopt an all-new architecture that should be shared
globally amongst Ford's rear-wheel drive vehicles including the legendary
Mustang sports car. Long
term, Ford has yet to guarantee Falcon will continue to be locally-built.
While not a clean-sheet like Holden's 2006 VE Commodore, the FG is a
massive update of the BA/BF generation that includes all-new sheetmetal and
interior, upgraded engines and chassis and a claimed improvement in safety
structure that is expected to yield the first five star NCAP safety rating
for an Australian-built car. Front and side-front airbags will be standard
on all Falcon sedans, while only the entry-level XT misses out on curtains.
A reversing camera will be standard on higher level models. Stability
control will be standard on all models. Inside Ford is claiming an improved
driving environment and class-leading space, exploiting the new car's
flatter roof, slimmer doors, slimmer doors and all-new design. Egress and
ingress to the rear seat has been addressed with new wider-opening doors, a
big criticism of the old car.
Ford has crafted three distinct exterior looks for FG sedan to reflect the
three model channels that have been created. Significantly, all of them
will now wear the Falcon badge. Unsurprisingly the most conservative looker
is the XT, which continues as the base model aimed at fleet and family
markets. The Futura has been dropped. Next up are the more upmarket looking
Falcon G-Series models. G6 replaces Fairmont and G6E (E is for Europe)
replaces Fairmont Ghia. The G6E turbo
employs the 4.0-litre turbo previously
reserved for the XR6. The successful XR sports model lineup has the most
aggressive looks. Its lineup is familiar, including the base model XR6, the
XR6 turbo and the XR8, which is the only
V8 left in the lineup. The Falcon ute lineup hasn't been fully revealed,
but expect it to be trade oriented, in contrast to Holden's ute which
chases recreational customers. There will be an XR8 at the top of the
range, but like all other Falcon utes will continue to have leaf springs.
And there will be a Falcon wagon, but it will be a barely altered BF III
that stays in the range as a 'tool of trade' vehicle, with a leaf spring
rear-end and single 4.0-litre engine choice. Again, this contrasts with
Holden's racier Sportwagon. The FPV lineup now comprises seven models.
Stablity control is now standard on all models, there is a new six-speed
manual transmission and some names have changed. However, the GT and GT-P
badges continue. FPV has played a key role in the mainstream FG's engine
updates, donating its old 290kW 5.4-litre V8. The FG's turbo six is also uprated to 270kW while the
standard 4.0 is little changed in terms of outputs. However it does get a
five-speed auto to replace the old four-speed and this helps improve fuel
economy. The other engines are claimed to be thriftier too, something Ford
attributes to engine development work and a tiny 10kg lift in FG's kerb
weight. Ford's weight achievements in part due to the expensive decision to
use aluminium for some front suspension components. Chassis-wise, this is
also the area of major change as FG adopts the Virtual Pivot pioneered by
the Territory. The rear Control Blade suspension has been fettled, but
remains fundamentally the same. Add in new monotube dampers and improved
steering Ford promises this will be the best handling and riding Falcon
Test Drive Supercar Showdown 2008 - Ford FG Falcon F6
Here Test Drive shows examples of some beaut sport cars available in
Australia and pits them against eachother in the Supercar Showdown. Though,
I couldn't really call any of them 'Supercars'. What do you think?
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this is the second section of this show. Peter Hackett, with the assistance
of Craig Lowndes, gets stuck into the proper business end of car testing...
what's it all like on a track? Yep, this beast duz just wot it's
'sposed'ta. This all shows that the new FG Falcon range is an excellent
competitor to the grunty VE Commodore range. Oh, I love a good grudge
Ford FG Falcon XR8 Review
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Test Drive on Channel 9 did a full episode expose on the new FG Falcon
range. While the program's not a very good one, and with the sort of budget
and presenters used it's easy to see why, but the new Falcon's every bit as
good as the VE Commodore, which is an absolutely brilliant development
itself. So, as is the VE, the FG is a testament to the capability of
Aussies, but it is a shame that most of the high-level people doing the
planning and designing aren't Aussie and therefore have no flamin' idea
what it means to be a fair-dinkum Aussie, or they'd have built the FG to
last longer; since the average Oz car is around 14 years old and it's
mostly foreign built cars that die early and a new one's needed to be
bought, or the average age might be more like 20 years. Perhaps Ford
Australia's hoping the car's will die early and new ones will be bought so
their flagging sales can be increased. Either way, it is a lovely looking,
riding and driving car; it just won't cut the mustard in Australia outside
of the city. Don't believe me? Check out the early Falcon and Kingswood tv
ads and you'll see that they were often done on dirt roads and open
paddocks - compare that to the current ads and they're all done on the
black-top. They've proven my point for me.
Type R Door Sound Proofing
Civic Type R (ep3) Door sound proofing demonstration for the
civictype-r.co.uk owners club.
It shows the basics of how to apply 6 sheets per door of sound deadening
Test Drive 2008 - Testing FG Falcon Ute
Here's the first test I've seen of the new FG Falcon Ute. Seems well done
and describes the good points of the car, but what are its faults? I'm sure
someone has an educated opinion; why not let us all know?
Zoom TV Episode 5 - Ford XR6 Sedan
Cars come in all shapes and sizes with all sorts of purposes. Today Aaron
looks at a car with attitude, the Australian Ford XR6 sedan. The sure car
to get if you like a bit of attention. To find out more go to