Ma­jor model moves

Ford’s line-up is about to change, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

ONE of the biggest prod­uct pushes in Ford’s Aus­tralian his­tory is now shift­ing into top gear.

The pocket rocket Fo­cus RS is al­most a sell­out, the first de­liv­er­ies of the su­per­charged Fal­cons from Ford Per­for­mance Ve­hi­cles have be­gun, and there is a string of new ar­rivals planned to take the brand through to the end of next year.

The most im­por­tant is the four­cylin­der Fal­con – to be called the Fal­con Eco­Boost – in the sec­ond half of next year.

Ford Aus­tralia also in­tends to have a Fal­con with liq­uid-petroleum in­jec­tion, and the Ter­ri­tory will fi­nally get a V6 turbo diesel en­gine.

‘‘In the next 12 months around 85 per cent of the Ford prod­uct cat­a­logue will be new or up­dated,’’ Ford Aus­tralia’s Peter Fadeyev says.

‘‘This is a blend of new model introductions and reg­u­lar model up­dates. The win­ners will be Aus­tralian cus­tomers.’’

The lat­est Thai-built WT Fi­esta is the next model on the launch­ing pad, fol­lowed by an up­graded Mon­deo. Both cars will be in show­rooms from next month, though the flag­ship Mon­deo Ti­ta­nium does not ar­rive un­til De­cem­ber.

‘‘The Ti­ta­nium has a lot of the lat­est Euro­pean safety sys­tems, such as lane-de­par­ture warn­ing,’’ Mr Fadeyev says.

Novem­ber also brings a limited- edi­tion Ter­ri­tory with more equip­ment and a slight vis­ual tweak as part of the run-out for the big change – in­clud­ing the turbo diesel – in the first half of next year.

The big ac­tion hap­pens in the sec­ond half of next year with the Fal­con as the head­liner, but an all-new Fo­cus and the Ranger pickup are on the plan.

Ford is not giv­ing any solid de­tails yet on the Fo­cus, which will be built like the Fi­esta in Thai­land, but says the Ranger line-up will be much more ex­ten­sive than the sin­gle dis­play ve­hi­cle at the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show.

While Ford is push­ing hard, GM Holden also has plans for its own new-model drive fol­low­ing the ar­rival of the Ba­rina Spark.

It says there will be 10 new mod­els in less than two years. But it is not go­ing into any de­tail be­yond the ob­vi­ous switch to an all-new Ba­rina to sit slightly above the Spark, the lo­calised Cruze hatch and an all-new Captiva SUV.

‘‘Over the next year and a half Aus­tralian cus­tomers will see a roll­out of new Holden prod­uct like they’ve never seen be­fore. We will have new, world-class, mar­ketlead­ing Holden ve­hi­cles com­pet­ing in al­most ev­ery seg­ment in this mar­ket,’’ GM Holden chair­man Mike Dev­ereux says.

‘‘Spark is just the be­gin­ning, with more fresh and orig­i­nal ve­hi­cles in the pipe­line from our global and lo­cal de­sign teams.’’

On the move: the Ford Fo­cus RS is go­ing gang­busters.

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