I take my hat off to Ford Australia for creating the FGX Falcon and SZ II territory on only $103 million. The transmissions included both Ford and Borg-Warner, as did rear axles. The Ford Falcon and its derivates have been Australian-made best-sellers, with over 3,000,000 sales in seven generations to 2003, almost exclusively in Australia and New Zealand, but also South Africa. The XP was the "make or break" Falcon: Ford's future in Australia depended on this car succeeding. Production Numbers AU Falcon.com.au. Every buyer must check Ford FALCON car history before getting a car loan or credit. While external and drive train changes were significant, the interior was carried over from the 2008-2014 FG model. The front grille was now elliptical to differentiate it from the EB,[26] and the sports genre (XR6, and XR8) gained an exclusive quad headlamp cluster. The Falcon, while popular, was usually outsold in Australia by GM Holden's Kingswood until 1978, when it started to gain ground after Holden decided to replace the Kingswood with a smaller model called the Commodore, based on the European Opel models. The popular ZF six-speed 6HP26 and 6HP21 (Ecoboost) automatic has also been made standard across the range, spelling the end of the successful four- and five-speed automatics. In sought after Kinetic Blue colour with the desirable six speed manual trans. But unlike the FG Mk1, every Mk2 gets the five-star ANCAP safety rating as all cars now get six airbags as standard. The first 211 XB GTs built were fitted with a US-built version of the Cleveland 351 cu in (5.8 L) V8 engine known as the 'big port', and later XB GTs were fitted with an Australian-built version of the engine with 'small port' heads and a 4-barrel 605 CFM downdraught Autolite 4300 carburetor, rated at 224 kW (300 bhp; 305 PS) @ 5400 rpm and 515 N⋅m (380 lb⋅ft) @ 3400 rpm of torque. A two-barrel (2V) carbureted) version of the 351 Cleveland V8 was an option on all sedans. From the rear, XA hardtops can be distinguished from later models by the tail lights, which have lenses which slope inwards (towards the front of the vehicle). The standard 4.0 L six-cylinder produced 148 kW (201 PS; 198 hp), the XR6 high-performance option 161 kW (219 PS; 216 hp), and the 5.0 litre EFI V8 165 kW (224 PS; 221 hp) at 4500 rpm. [citation needed]. Station wagons could now be ordered with third-row accommodation and an electric network for mobile phone usage.[30]. The XC also introduced the country's first locally produced family sedans with a suspension designed around radial-ply tyres. The later models offer more equipment, performance and presence and were built in far lower numbers. It was originally described as “ Ford’s brightest idea ” but that didn’t turn out the way they wanted it to. The refreshed Ford Falcon FG X has failed to fire in its first full month on sale, slumping to the worst monthly sales performance in the 55-year-old nameplate’s history. In June 2010, new emissions regulations introduced meant that the iconic V8 engine had to be discontinued. This Taurus was available only as a sedan and in its highest Ghia specification (with a luxury pack option), despite other variants and a wagon being available in its home US market. The XF commercial models continued unchanged stylistically, but over time would gain the EB series engine updates. The Australian affection for the ute (short for "utility") allowed the Falcon to serve as the base model for their line of utes and panel vans, starting in 1961 and gaining rapid recognition by (usually younger) enthusiasts by the mid-1960s. It became clear that Australian buying patterns had not truly changed and what the public wanted was a full-size (albeit smaller) family car. Oct 29, 2016 - Ford falcon xr6 xr8 xr6t fgx sprint. [35], Officially debuting in September 2002, the BA Falcon was a major update of the AU, with Ford designers and engineers almost wiping the board clean, and in the process spending just over AU$500 million, a figure much larger than previously anticipated. The options consisted of either a rear-wheel-drive platform (shared with Mustang) or a transverse front-wheel-drive platform (shared with Explorer and Taurus). Its long stroke and large capacity made for very good 'towing' torque, while its thick castings and relatively loose tolerances gave it a reputation for reliability in spite of abuse. All models receive curtain airbags. [36] On the interior the design team spent many hours improving the feel of the contact points as well as improving fit and finish and craftsmanship. Earlier, some XA and XB Fairmonts were shipped to the UK as was the contemporary LTD which was modified with Ford Europe tail lights to add the mandatory rear fog lamps and also had to have new screenwash nozzles as the protruding original items did not meet EU safety rules. Cosmetic updates extended further with the bonnet, front bumper and headlamps also receiving a revised design. In Mad Max, the police use yellow XA and XB sedans, and Max later drives a customised black XB hardtop known as the Pursuit Special, or black-on-black due to its matte black over gloss black paint scheme. For a complete overview of all Falcon models, see, "Production starts on Ford's final Falcon", "2015 Ford Falcon: 'FG X' Model Code Confirmed For New Range", "Last Ford Falcon model to be known as FG X", "2015 Ford Falcon: Price And Features For FGX Sedan Range", "Speedy Delivery–Global Product Development System Defines Ford", "Ford Mustang returns to Australia after almost 50 years", "Australian vehicle sales for March 2015 – Land Rover takes command", "Australian vehicle sales for May 2014 – Toyota in top two", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ford_Falcon_(FG_X)&oldid=1002229853, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 2.0-litre inline-four turbocharged: 180 kW (240 hp), 4.0-litre inline-six lpg (EcoLPI): 198 kW (266 hp), 4.0-litre inline-six turbocharged: 270 kW (360 hp) or 325 kW (436 hp) for the Sprint model, 5.0-litre V8 supercharged: 335 kW (449 hp) or 345 kW (463 hp) for the Sprint model, This page was last edited on 23 January 2021, at 12:50. Ford Falcon XR6 automatic (FG X) (aut. Improved body reinforcing allowed many reductions in component weight to be made, improving performance and braking. The GT marked the beginning of the Australian muscle car. It was the first model since the XP not to offer a V8 engine. Initially, the company considered a revamped 5th-generation Falcon and even studied the possibility of fully imported replacements such as the American front-wheel-drive Ford Taurus or rear-wheel-drive Ford Crown Victoria, the European rear-wheel-drive Scorpio[31] and, reportedly, even the Japanese rear-wheel drive Mazda 929[32] (then part of the Ford conglomerate). A notable difference in performance is seen between these engines. The twin 'driving lights' introduced on the XT GT were carried over to the XW GT. [7], The XM, released in 1964, was the first Falcon with an Australian-designed body; the rear taillights were raised for Australian conditions and the front end received a full-wrap chrome grill and surrounds. The 289 in3 V8 engine was replaced by a new 302 cu in (4.9 L) unit.[7]. It was the first Australian Falcon to be offered with a V8 engine, the 200 bhp (150 kW), 289 cubic inch (4.7 litre) Windsor unit. Otherwise, all external body panels and bumpers were the same as the XR. As the fuel crisis eased, Australians moved away from the downsized Commodore back to the traditional full-size Falcon. The styling of the GT went wilder with the addition of an offset racing-style bonnet scoop, bonnet locks, and blackouts, as well as 'Super Roo' stripes along the full length of the car (these and the bonnet blackouts were a 'delete option'). The Falcon Sundowner Van, based on the Falcon 500 Van, was introduced in 1977. 6) , manufactured or sold in 2015, version for Australia (since January) manufactured by Ford (Australia) in Australia ; 4-door sedan body type; RWD (rear-wheel drive), automatic 6-speed gearbox (with Sequential Sport Shift manual shift mode) The non-gold GTs, while having the same specifications, are the rarest of the early Australian muscle cars. All GT models remain valuable collectors' cars[citation needed] and this is especially true of the XY GT and XY GTHO Phase III, released in 1970. This article is about the Australian car model. The only exception was the XF series, which lasted through the initial EA26 era. The Falcon platform had also spawned luxury models such as the Landau coupe and long-wheelbase Fairlane and LTD sedans. iPod Integration and Bluetooth are now standard across the range and all models except the XT receive an 8 in colour touch screen. Production will end in October, 2016. The power output of is similar to previous FPV turbos, but it is a substantially modified design:[verification needed] the new induction system which includes a bigger and more efficient intercooler, higher compression ratio, extra boost and strengthened internals are the key changes. [62], Ford Australia at one time considered exporting the FG Falcon to China and the Middle East. Unique Build Number (approved by Ford) to please any Falcon and/or GT Collector. The sedan is sold in eight variants comprising: The latter nameplate returned after being absent from the Falcon range since June 2010. The GT also replaced the thick lower body stripes of the XR with narrow stripes along the waistline from grille to tail light. The new code, like the preceding FG, pays homage to the Fairmont Ghia nameplates of past generations whereas the X alludes to Falcon's most popular series, from the XK to the XH.[2][3]. AUI HP man 477; HP auto 2303 VCT man 528; VCT auto 1358 XR8 man 619; XR8 auto 1874 They were also needed to satisfy the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport regulators for minimum production numbers to allow the modifications to be legal for racing. Other changes included an all new front bumper design, alternative wheel rim design, new floor mats and side step designs. External model differentiation was achieved via the use of different grilles and bonnets (low bonnet and vertical "waterfall" grille on Forté, horizontal single bar on Futura, integrated quad-lamp bumper bar and grille on the XR sports range; high bonnet and large grille on Fairmont range) and more basic fittings such as different alloy wheel design, rear light clusters (clear turn signals on Fairmont), body colour-coordination and chrome fittings. [47] The first ever four cylinder Falcon was released for sale in April 2012,[48] and was fitted with the 2.0 GTDI version of the EcoBoost engine. Ford model Falcon 6th generation (AU-BA-BF-series) belongs to full-size / executive car class. In 2004 Ford introduced the Territory crossover SUV which was based upon the BA's engine, floorpan and IRS. This meant changes to the frame and bodywork, from the firewall forward. New wheel trims were featured on all trim levels, and station wagon variants gained white tinted indicator lenses, replacing the amber tint which had been common since the introduction of the EA.[30]. Also, the appearance was changed with a new Thunderbird roofline. This was introduced in response to the long term decline in large sedan sales in Australia, since this sector's share of the total market has been steadily shrinking for a decade. During the life of the XY model, the uniquely Australian uprated 200, 250-1V and 250-2V variants of the seven-main-bearing six cylinder were introduced. From the XA series of 1972 onward, each Falcon and range of derivates have been designed, developed, and built in Australia, following the phasing out of the American-influenced Falcon of 1960 to 1971, which had been re-engineered locally as the XK to XY series for the harsher Australian conditions. Ford Falcon Series. Fuel consumption has been improved over the outgoing model. Including Utility sales made throughout the same duration, this would bring the tally to approximately 16,100. The GT variant of the XB also included four-wheel disc brakes (the earlier GT/GT-HO models used large finned drums at the rear). The GT's styling went wilder again with a 'Shaker' cold-air induction scoop protruding from a hole in the bonnet, which now sported twin wide GT stripes from grille to windscreen, rather than the bonnet blackouts of the XW. Learn how it drives and what features set the 2016 Ford Falcon apart from its rivals. [46] The commemorative model marked the start of the FG update. The seventh generation Falcon, known as the "FG", (and initially known as project Orion) was announced at a press event on 17 February 2008. Ford Falcon/Fairlane/LTD Identification All Falcon's up to January 1971 had a dual numbering system, consisting of both the Body Prefix Number and VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). [69] Ultimately, it was decided by Ford that the Ford Mustang coupé would be the only full-sized Ford car built for all world markets. The new series code, like the preceding G6 trim level, pays homage to the Fairmont and Ghia nameplates of past generations whereas the X alludes to Falcon's most popular series, from the XR to XF.[57]. [citation needed] The twin driving lights remained, as did the bonnet locks. The Ford Landau, a two-door "personal coupé" based on the XB Falcon Hardtop was released in August 1973.[16]. Due to poor sales, Taurus imports into Australia ended in 1998, the same year the AU Falcon launched. The XR series was initially offered in nine different models: Falcon, Falcon 500, and Fairmont sedans, Falcon, Falcon 500, and Fairmont wagons, Falcon and Falcon 500 utilities, and the Falcon Van. The Fairmont made its debut, midway through the model run, as the flagship of the XP Falcon range. [1] Along with its closest Australian-made rival, the Holden Commodore, the Falcon has dominated the ranks of taxis in Australia and New Zealand, as well as police car and company fleets. The unique 5.4 litre V8 (initially launched in 2003) produced 290 kilowatts (390 hp)/520 newton metres (380 lb⋅ft). The GT-HO was a homologation specially built for racing. It also ensured that Ford could retain, at least until Holden released the new Statesman/Caprice in 1990, the market for official cars for governmental use. Ford Australia continued to make remnant stock of the 5.8 litre (351C) engine available in Bronco and F-series vehicles until August 1985. Ford retired the Falcon name on 7 October 2016 after 56 years of production, therefore, making it the longest running name plate in the history of Ford. Externally, it was almost indistinguishable from a standard GT, but offered a higher-performance engine and improved suspension— although the 'HO' stood for 'Handling Option', the cars also gained larger Holley carburettors and other performance additions. The bonnet scoops of the GT were now integrated into the "power bulge" on the bonnet, the bumpers were now body-coloured, and the power bulge, wheel arches, sills, and valances were painted in a contrasting colour to the body colour (usually black, but dependent upon the actual body colour choice). Prodrive specifically developed the engine in Australia to FPV's own standards (read below). Ford Falcon AU XR8/Tickford T-series. The XH also gained an all-new front suspension and rack and pinion steering from the EA–EL series cars. This XT series Falcon is not to be confused with the XT model variant introduced from 2002 with the BA series Falcon. A special XR50 model was released to commemorate the occasion. Ford phased this out quietly; motoring magazines did not even report on it. The XA Falcon Hardtop bore a strong resemblance to the 1970–71 Ford Torino SportsRoof (both cars shared the same floor sheet metal), and shared its "frameless window" doors with the utility and panel van variants. This Falcon range is the first Australian-made vehicle to feature Wi-Fi connectivity and DAB+ radio courtesy of its upgraded in-car entertainment and command system, now marketed as "SYNC2". Find all of our 2016 Ford Falcon Reviews, Videos, FAQs & News in one place. The car was offered with 4-door sedan, station wagon, ute body shapes between the years 1998 and 2010. In 2009, Ford's European design head Martin Smith suggested that not even the sixth-generation Taurus that was due in 2010 could be a true replacement for the rear-wheel-drive Falcon, despite this time being of similar size.[66]. At the end of 2010 the Falcon wagon was permanently discontinued. As the FG Falcon utilises much of the previous model's architecture, converting it to left-hand drive would have been a costly and time-consuming process. This generation of the Falcon sedan closely resembles Ford's North American Tempo of the same era. One of the reasons for the price difference was the higher cost of imported parts, which were subject to an import tariff. The only significant export market for the Falcon outside of Oceania has been South Africa, where the EL was released in 1996, including the GLi, Futura, Fairmont and XR6 in its line-up. A manual transmission was available in three-speed column shift (in six-seater vehicles) or four-speed floor shift, with a five-speed floor shift also available with the base 3.3 L engine. It featured a large LCD screen, situated in a "satin finished" centre console (Called the "Interior Command Centre" or ICC in short). Unlike later examples, the XP Fairmonts carried both Falcon and Fairmont badgework. If that were not enough indication of Ford's 'Win on Sunday, sell on Monday' racing ambitions, the XW also included the introduction, in August 1969, of the legendary GT-HO specification. The FG X was officially launched in December 2014 and was offered in both sedan and utility body styles. Ford Falcon Registry and Reference Site for 1960 thru 1970 1/2 Ford Falcon. From behind, XC hardtops can be distinguished from earlier models by the tail lights, which have flat lenses with black bezels. A coupé, in a two-door hardtop body style, was offered for the first time in both Falcon Deluxe and Falcon Futura trim levels. In May 2013, Ford Australia announced the end of local production, which consisted of Falcon and its closely related Territory crossover SUV, by October 2016. In July 2014, Ford Australia released official photographs of Falcon's last iteration in XR guise, labelling the re-introduced XR8 as the "best Falcon ever". As a result of an A$700 million development the Ford EA Falcon[19] introduced in 1988, bore a passing resemblance to the European Ford Scorpio. Ford's deputy managing director Bill Bourke conceived a promotion for the new model which was a risk: demonstrate the XP's strength by mercilessly driving a fleet of XP Falcons around Ford's You-Yangs testing grounds for 70,000 mi (110,000 km) at over 70 mph (110 km/h). Exterior changes were minimal, and included an EB-style grill, black window trims (as opposed to chrome on XF's) EB style door 'rubbing' strips, and indicator lights on the front quarter panels. The GT variant gained a bigger V8, the 351 cu in (5.8 L) Canadian-made Windsor engine, producing 291 horsepower (217 kW) equipped with dual exhausts and sports air cleaner. Other performance parts from the aborted Phase IV found their way onto GTs, including larger fuel tanks and winged sumps. Phase II GT-HO wheels featured a new five-slot design. Besides all this, Ford Australia felt they had more experience building North American cars. The VIN was stamped on the passenger side support panel, and this should match the number stamped on the I.D. [7], The XP, released in 1965, saw the Fairmont introduced as an upmarket variant. The first Falcon sold in Australia was the XK series, introduced in September 1960. Falcon XR6 Sprint sports Ford’s first carbon-fibre engine air-intake system. It was also with this model that the V8 engine was reintroduced into the Falcon utility commercial vehicle range. Immediately, the executives were attracted to the new car- it was about the same size as Holden, but it was low, long, wide and modern. (Guess what it is??) 1,050 XR6s were sold between October 1993 and March 1996. [37], Ford introduced their new Barra straight-six 4.0 litre DOHC VCT engines into the lineup, which included a turbocharged (240 kilowatts (320 hp)/450 newton metres (330 lb⋅ft)) version and base line (182 kilowatts (244 hp)) naturally aspirated version. [12] The Falcon 500 replaced the Falcon Deluxe of the XP series[12] and the two-door hardtop body style available in the XP series was not offered in the XR range. A three-speed automatic progressively replaced the two-speed and front disc brakes were introduced as an option (standard on Fairmont and hardtop models). The Mk2 update adds several interior and exterior elements as standard to all vehicles. 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