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Dynamic Stability Control to be Introduced on FG Falcon Ute - (Australia)

July 2nd, 2008



 

Ford Australia today announced it will progressively introduce Dynamic Stability Control across the petrol FG Falcon Ute range from September.

Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) will be standard on FG Falcon Ute models equipped with sports suspension from September production and offered as an option on workhorse models with ¾-tonne and one-tonne suspension packages from December production.

Ford's acclaimed DSC system will be available across all FG Falcon Ute models powered by a petrol engine – from the mainstream 195kW 4.0-litre DI-VCT I6 powerplant to the performance 270kW I6 Turbo and Boss 290 5.4-litre V8 engines.

The DSC system will incorporate Traction Control, four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), with the latter not previously available on Falcon Ute models.

"With the introduction of DSC on Falcon Ute, in conjunction with the availability of side head/thorax airbags, customers are able to configure their vehicle with a comprehensive safety package that is unmatched in the passenger-derived ute market," Ford Australia Vice-President Marketing and Sales Mark Winslow said.

"Ford Australia has continually been at the forefront of local automotive manufacturing in implementing advanced safety features in its vehicles and delivering real-world safety benefits to its customers.

"The Territory was the first Australian-built vehicle to be equipped with an electronic chassis control system when it was released in 2004, while the following year Ford delivered the first local application of DSC technology on a V8 sedan, as well as the first use of DSC with a manual transmission.

"Since then DSC has become standard equipment across the entire Territory range, as well as on all petrol Falcon sedan models. It was also introduced on the petrol Falcon wagon with the recent release of the BF Falcon Wagon MkIII."

From September, DSC will be fitted as standard equipment on all petrol FG Falcon Ute XR models, which includes XR6 Cab Chassis and Styleside Box, XR6 Turbo Styleside Box and XR8 Styleside Box models.

DSC will also be available as an option on the petrol R6 Styleside Box model, which is also fitted with sports suspension as standard equipment.

From December, DSC will be available as an option on the rest of the petrol FG Falcon Ute range, which includes the entry-level Falcon Ute Cab Chassis and Styleside Box, and R6 Cab Chassis models, as well as the R6 Styleside Box and XR6 Cab Chassis models fitted with optional one-tonne suspension.

Model applicability & timing

Model

Suspension Type

Standard / Optional

Timing

Falcon Ute C/C

1-tonne

Optional

December 1, 2008

Falcon Ute SSB

¾-tonne

Optional

December 1, 2008

R6 C/C

1-tonne

Optional

December 1, 2008

R6 SSB

Sports

Optional

September 1, 2008

XR6 C/C

Sports

Standard

September 1, 2008

XR6 SSB

Sports

Standard

September 1, 2008

XR6 Turbo SSB

Sports

Standard

September 1, 2008

XR8 SSB

Sports

Standard

September 1, 2008

Recommended retail pricing for FG Falcon Ute will be revised in line with the introduction of DSC, with effective dates of September 1st and December 1st as DSC-equipped Ute models are released for sale.

With DSC fitted as standard equipment on all petrol FG Falcon Ute XR, pricing for these models will increase by $500 – or by approximately 1.4 per cent – while the option price for DSC on the rest of the FG Falcon Ute range will be $500 RRP.

Pricing

Model

Current RRP

New RRP

DSC RRP

Effective date

Falcon Ute C/C

$27,795

No Change

Optional – $500

December 1, 2008

Falcon Ute SSB

$28,195

No Change

Optional – $500

December 1, 2008

R6 C/C

$29,795

No Change

Optional – $500

December 1, 2008

R6 SSB

$30,195

No Change

Optional – $500

September 1, 2008

XR6 C/C

$34,090

$34,590

Standard

September 1, 2008

XR6 SSB

$34,490

$34,990

Standard

September 1, 2008

XR6 Turbo SSB

$38,490

$38,990

Standard

September 1, 2008

XR8 SSB

$38,490

$38,990

Standard

September 1, 2008



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