Ecoboost to boost image
ON holiday in Australia, I read your four-cylinder Ford Falcon report. Malaysia’s vehicle tax is based on engine capacity, so the Ecoboost model would be taxed less. Its size means it will outclass Honda Accords and Toyota Camrys. Please convince the powers-that-be to export the car to Malaysia — or in completely knocked-down form for more tax savings. It could revive Ford’s name in Malaysia. Ganesonp. Arunachalam, email
WE’VE passed your message to Ford Australia president Bob Graziano. BLOWHARD I RECKON it’s no coincidence Ford released the Ecoboost in Hobart where the cool air aided the 2.0-litre turbo’s performance. Weighing 1630kg, the car would need everything going for it to impress motoring journalists. My modified WRX is less than 1200kg and its performance is certainly enhanced on cold winter mornings. Let’s see how a four-cylinder Falcon performs on a 36C-plus day in Perth.
Lyall Austin, email THAT’S a nice conspiracy theory but we drove an Ecoboost Falcon in Melbourne in December and it went well. Ford chose Tasmania because of its winding roads, which highlight the chassis changes possible with the lighter engine. Carsguide stands by its verdict. QUALITY CONTROL YOU say Australian engineers can do world-class cars, given the right tools, such as an imported Ecoboost engine. Funny when, in your own words, the Falcon isn’t even up to Australian quality standards as in the Toyota Aurion.
Heinz Schmack, email WE’RE talking about the engineering, not the assembly. DRIVE FORANICON AS a sales engineer, I think Ford needs a compelling sales story for its Ecoboost Falcon, with appropriate driving experience, so punters will become buyers. Ford must also show a passion to succeed long-term for the sake of our country and the thousands of workers involved. Help me help Ford save an Aussie icon and a vital industry.
Colin Bockman, email Wepassed your suggestions to the top of Ford Australia, which promised there already is a big plan and lots of money for promotion. SWITCH OFF MY Commodore VT sedan, which I bought new, has 120,000km on the clock. I often ask Holden and the dealers why some parts keep failing but they won’t help. It seems that when a car is out of warranty you cannot ask questions. But what about ignition locks, a joke among locksmiths; thermostats, which mean you have rip half the car apart; water pumps failing, caused by faulty thermostat; and oil pressure switches, for which the dealer has to re-set the computer? What irritates is that these are known faults and they treat the customer as an idiot.
Gerry Cassidy, email Wehave this official reply from John Taylor atgm Holden: ‘‘ Apparently the ignition switches have been an issue but the other items listed have not, as far as our records show. Once a car is that far out of warranty we really don’t get much feedback on them.’’ OWNGOALS IT’S disappointing that Carsguide struggles to give Honda much attention and, when it does, it is always negative. After two of the world’s largest natural disasters, in which more than 21,000 people lost their lives, and Honda was the most affected Asian automotive manufacturer, Carsguide continues to print negative editorials when there have been opportunities to do quite the opposite. Was it such a surprise that Honda Thailand in its first few weeks of production made vehicles in the three colours that make up more than 70 per cent of orders? This article could have been titled ‘‘Honda is Back’’ or at least some good news after Honda’s run of bad luck. There seems to be a lack of balance compared with the many articles published on brands such as Peugeot, Renault, Skoda etc. I amnot commenting on behalf of Honda Australia but I don’t think even one Honda dealer in Australia (there are more than 100) would think that Honda is getting a fair go.
Tomarchontidis, Davepotter Honda, SA HONDAHAS struggled in recent years and, while the natural disasters in Thailand and Japan were awful, a lot of the damage is self-inflicted. Even company president Takanobu Ito admits the new Civic is underdone and most of the Australian action last year involved price cuts to try to boost sales. You should also check the sales results and Honda’s slide since the GFC.