Readers have their say about everything on wheels
l LOOK AT POSITIVES
YOUR cars Guide article makes a huge and illogical leap from J. Mays’ comments to no Ford manufacturing in Australia. There are many exciting options for Ford in Australia with a world platform with all-wheel-drive power train.
A unique skin could be designed and stamped in Geelong, with local assembly at Broady from many locally sourced parts as today.
Can we look at the exciting positives instead of scaring the Ford workforce and supply base?
Ian Dalton, email It’s hard to take the positives when Ford will not talk openly about its plans, leaving it to American executives to drop negative hints every year at the Detroit motor show.
HOLDEN LEFT BEHIND
INTERESTING reading in cars Guide about Holden and Ford. As a 30-year veteran, I believe Holden hasn’t much time left to make cars in Australia, partly because of the rising imports of better-styled, quality and economical power train systems coming on stream soon etc.
There will be no sheetmetal change until 2014, so customers will have to put up with old styling and dull interiors for some time, but with some so-called smart options in electronic gizmos they will try to market, there’s nothing really new.
The next Commodore will be more Japanese-looking, similar to Camry style, but on power train not much in so-called fuel gains.
What will really leave Holden behind is in the power train area. The V8 will be OK because there will always be a petrol head who wants one, but the rest of Holden will be left behind due to being told by GM what to use.
They have no direct injected gas model, only a normal gas version coming out soon, no diesel, no hybrid other than the Volt which will be a high price to pay. The E-85 doesn’t get that good economy and range in both V6 and 8, so where are they headed?
GM has spent billions setting China GM, Brazil, India and Korea to be their powerhouses for car manufacturing for Asia etc, so where does this leave Holden and Ford? Plus, with the few cars they build, is it viable to to make it here any more? Holden insider,
name withheld You raise many valid questions and we’re chasing the answers. At least Holden will provide background on its plans, which are well integrated into the global GM future.
FOCUS RS NOT SOLD
I AM not sure where you get your information from, but I know there are still at least 80 Focus RSs around Australia in Ford dealerships that have not been sold. So your statement nearly all were presold is incorrect.
Steve Willshire This is one time we’re happy to be incorrect, although Ford told us the cars were all being gobbled up at dealer level.
Still there: Ford dealers have plenty of Focus RS models in stock.