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.