Of course it doesn't look like one, otherwise it wouldn't be a new model Hehe, but nah, if you do look properly at both, you can see what it shares with the AU, ie doors. And the rear lights follow the style of the AU, just shaped differently to suit the new body. Not that any of that is a bad thing as the AU was underrated due to the cheap look of the base model.
"If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier -- just so long as I'm the dictator." -- George W. Bush (December 18, 2000)
Well I loved the AU, I thought it was awesome. I loved the AUII even more of course. My brother had an AU2 XR6, then about 8 months ago (don't know exact) we upgraded to something a little better, an XR8 Rebel, mmm very nice.
Anyways the new shape is also very awesome, I love it!
Look at the lights on the VY pic in motor. They are just the AU Falcons lights with a fluro circle. I think even Holden should get more credit. As for missing the Au, I will be glad to see the end of it because it caused Ford to fall down the charts and after owning one, I have had my share of woes. Having said that, the face of the AU has a happy personality and the sound it makes in second gear is characterful of the Falcon badge. The Falcon is the kind of car that makes you sad to see it go, but the AU was not that good.
Broken diffs, burnt out clutches, rusted shells. Yep, were in Kingswood Country.
i actualy dont like the center consol of the au xr series (thats all i dont like though dont get me wrong). the buttons look a bit big and remind me of an xf falcon no idea why?! But aside from that i think in a dark colour with tint they are a very nice car. the main objection to them is the base moddle headlights look like a rounded version of a VK (HUGE SQUARES!).
I would love to see the inerior of the new BA XR. If i could afford it i would love the turbo, i can see it being the 'vl' in 10 -> 15 years. I hope ford dont cripple it to make the v8s sell.
Through all this talk of BA and VY we need to keep in mind that the doors and therefore the character of the entire bodyside is carryover for both these cars... That dopey crease that sits too low along the AU bodyside is still there...
With $500 million dollars to spare, Ford could have chosen to reskin the doors instead of developing new engines, new suspension etc.... I'd argue the AU doors required more urgent work than the 6 cylinder powerplant that already outgrunted the Commodore V6 anyway...
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