Eco­boost to boost im­age

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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.

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