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All New FG Falcon Star of the Adelaide International Motor Show

April 2nd, 2008


Four hero models of Ford's all-new FG Falcon model range made their debut at the Adelaide International Motor Show today, headlining an exciting new showroom line-up that sets new standards in local motoring.

The iconic XR6 Turbo sedan and Boss 290-powered XR8 ute, representing the finest performance vehicles from the Ford stable, take pride of place on the Ford stand alongside two of the new G Series models – G6E and G6E Turbo.

Fire-breathing performance-enhanced examples from FPV, including the yet-to-be-launched F6 and GT, are also on display for show attendees to admire.

Ford's extensive light and medium imported car arsenal will also be out in force, completing one of the most comprehensive Ford vehicle line-ups in recent memory.

"With the arrival of the all-new FG range, Ford now has a model perfect for every conceivable customer want across the driving spectrum," said Ford Australia President Bill Osborne.

"Supplementing locally developed world-class product with the finest available European-designed models has enabled us to offer customers a robust line-up of dynamically superior, premium vehicles loaded with safety, performance and features.
"Ford now has a no excuses line-up which is second to none, and when considered as a whole positively outshines all local and imported competition."

The eagerly awaited FG range, the first all-new Falcon since 1998, is prominently positioned on the Ford stand.

On sale next month, the new model boasts all-new exterior and interior architectures and designs, an all-new front suspension, new powertrains with more power, more torque and improved fuel economy, and an advanced safety package.

Furthermore, FG introduces a new model line-up and nomenclature, incorporating the new sports luxury G Series sedan range, along with three different exterior front end treatments and a significant realignment of models and specifications.

Making its Australian debut at Adelaide is the fresh new ZD Escape, showcasing an extensive top to tail make-over, revised interior, additional safety and an attractive new recommended retail price.

"The ZD Escape is the perfect introduction to the Ford Sport Utility Vehicle range, delivering on attributes expected of a recreational SUV in a compact yet extremely functional package," said Mr Osborne.

"Escape offers car-like ride and handling, genuine off-road capability and excellent versatility in a rugged and stylish appearance that represents excellent value for money."

The release of the new model heralds a realignment of the Escape nameplate. One highly specified model, sporting a 2.3-litre four-cylinder inline petrol engine coupled to a floor-mounted four-speed automatic transmission, will now represent the range.

Visual enhancements to the new-look Escape have touched almost every aspect of the exterior, primarily focussing on the front and rear appearance.

"Key changes include new front fog lamps, headlamps, alloy wheels, grille treatment, bumpers, wheel arch and door cladding, tailgate and rear tail lamps," said Mr Osborne.
A new piano burgundy trim has been lavished on the interior console, along with changes to the seat trim and inside door treatment.

Safety has also been boosted thanks to the inclusion of front seat side/ head thorax airbags as standard.

Additional standard-fit safety and creature-comfort features include Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), cruise-control and climate control.

"In addition to stylish aesthetic enhancements and improved safety, the new-look Escape features an amazing recommended retail price of only $31,990," said Mr Osborne. (Excluding dealer delivery and statutory charges).

"With on-demand all-wheel-drive, automatic transmission and front seat side head/ thorax airbags as standard, the changes announced today have further strengthened Escape's overall appeal and make it one of the best value-proposition SUV packages available."

Recently released models from Ford's popular range of light and medium cars will be at the show, including the exciting Fiesta XR4, turbo-diesel examples of Focus and Mondeo, the sophisticated Focus Coupé-Cabriolet and Mondeo XR5 Turbo.

A stylish new Mondeo turbo-diesel wagon, tempting show-goers with a fuel efficient, safety-laden sports-styled wagon boasting high-end features and class-leading dynamics attributes, will also be on display.

"We are continually evaluating our established line-up and looking at ways to develop it further, so with that philosophy in mind we are excited to offer a sneak-peek at the Mondeo turbo-diesel wagon," said Mr Osborne.

"The Mondeo TDCi wagon features a torque-laden 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine and offers a massive load carrying ability of 1733 litres when the rear passenger row of seats is folded flat.

"It would be a worthy addition to our permanent line-up and we're taking this opportunity to gauge show-goers reaction to the model before committing to an ongoing program."

Other models to feature on the Ford stand include Territory Ghia AWD and Ranger 4 x 4 XLT Crew Cab.

The exciting new Ford product line-up will also look right at home on the fresh new looking Ford motor show stand, which itself is sporting a new appearance and lighting arrangement.

More than 250 design hours have been dedicated to the new 'show room.' The floor consists of over 4500 pieces, weighing in excess of 60 tonnes.

Ford will also be the first company to use the interactive EyeClick floor projection system at an Australian motor show.

The EyeStep display combines intuitive body motion with an interactive surface, turning the Ford show room floor into a fast paced experience of movement and action.

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