Gas-pow­ered battle

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By PAUL GOVER

RIS­ING petrol prices could turn LPG into the new bat­tle­ground for Aus­tralia’s two heart­land brands.

Ford will have a ded­i­cated LPG Fal­con hero in ac­tion by Au­gust and Holden will fol­low within six weeks with its take on a gas-pow­ered Com­modore. Both prom­ise much-im­proved tech­nol­ogy and a draw­card that will be more than just a taxi tease.

Holden is staying quiet on the specifics of its LPG Com­modore but Ford goes pub­lic this week with an early tease on the EcoLPi Fal­con.

It says the car will be on sale by the mid­dle of the year, al­though that prob­a­bly means July-Au­gust, with­out re- veal­ing any pric­ing. But the EcoLPi liq­uid-phase in­jec­tion is promised with zero com­pro­mises on the Fal­con’s six­cylin­der en­gine, us­ing its six-speed au­to­matic gear­box, from the ute and XT sedan right up to the XR6.

The big num­bers are 27 per cent more power and 10 per cent more torque than Ford’s pre­vi­ous E-Gas LPG sys­tem, with fuel con­sump­tion cut by 12-15 per cent. Ford Aus­tralia pres­i­dent Bob Graziano said LPG pro­vided real ben­e­fits.

‘‘Fal­con EcoLPi of­fers cus­tomers the power, torque and over­all en­gine per­for­mance they ex­pect from a tra­di­tional Aussie six. . . while at the same time de­liv­er­ing the fuel costs of a smaller car,’’ he said.

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