On another thread I was wondering how and why car manufacturers pick designations for their models, and why they don't run in alphabetical sequence e.g. Falcon started with XM/XP or whatever and ended up with XD-F then went to E series, then A, with XA-C etc in between. Same with Holden starting with FJ, then FC, FE, FB EK EJ EH etc. Is there some logic to it, or is it just random?
Ok, made a point to find time to give you the info on why the model designations are given the way they are..
The XK Falcon model code was derived from the code name on the Zephyr. This code name was shortened and changed to XK when the decision to release the US based Falcon was made. XL,XM,XP followed in alphabetical order following the XK. XK is also derived from a Ford internal code system which changes with each new body style. XK meant that the car was a product of the 1950s (although the Falcon was first released here in September of 1960)
The first letter of the model code is changed with each subsequent body shape and this letter is linked to internal Ford codes which usually sigify the decade of production. Some codes are skipped for the reasons listed above (a VD commodore or a WC Statesman would be a bit on the nose wouldn't they :s6: )
The AU was given its name as part of a marketing campaign which capitalised on the popularity of the internet (or .com.au) generation.
All car makers assign codes in a similar way. Each series prefix ie/ V-series Commodores would mean something to that manufacturere.
Hope this helps. You learn something every day eh??
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