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Old 12-10-2002, 14:07   #1 (permalink)
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AU was doomed form the start...

Take s look at some of these concepts. Notice the 'cowled over' nature of it. It's sad face, and it's mopey lights.
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In the above, also notice that the rear of the car looks like a VT.
Now on to Picture two. I'm not sure if I love it or hate it.
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weard thread heading!!!!
bit like the new jag imo
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I feel physically ill looking at those pictures...
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weard thread heading!!!!
bit like the new jag imo
Yeah, the rear does look alot like a jag.
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Old 12-10-2002, 15:26   #6 (permalink)
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ford should have shown these pics to the public everyday for a few months before the AU was released, that way, when they did show the AU, everyone would have been like, "wow, that looks really good! heaps better than the first pictures they showed us"

but seriously, i can honestly say that the AU was a far better car than the VT, and i also believe that the BA is a backward step in terms of the exterior design only. the AU was simply to far ahead of its time, and within the next five to ten years i think we will see the falcon and even the commodore plus others (magna, camry etc) look more like the AU. ford should have released the EL, then the BA then the AU, if they had done this they would still be selling as well as the EL did, probably even better. the good news is that you can now get an AU for about 15 000 with very low KMs and spend the money you save on a tough looking body kit or even some engine mods.

mark my words, in 20 years we'll be looking back on the AU and thinking how far ahead of its time it was.

blame the extremely bland, conservative, inoffensive and oh so safe design of the VT. it made the AU look edgier than it really was.

long live the Gold falcon.
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No, the main problem with the AU was proportionality. Boot line, droopy bonnet line and front headlights, rounder looking roof, tall stance with large wheel arch gaps (in non-XR trim), all conspired to give it a look of non-cohesion.

The BA light years ahead of AU for a cohesive look. You may call the AU "ahead of it's time", I prefer to call it "disproportionate". I can only hope Ford never heads down this path ever again!

Bulbous droopy looks are not my cup of tea, but each to their own.. give me wide, low, tough stance, and clean classy Euro lines any day of the week!

Oh, and I figured out what that top pic reminds me of - a dustbuster!
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Here here falconS, couldn't agree more!
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Yeah, the rear does look alot like a jag.
Very much like a Buick actually, back from when these were drawn up. They look similar at the rear.
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Old 12-10-2002, 23:00   #10 (permalink)
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The 1st thing I noticed was how much it looked like the VT especially the roof line & pillars
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