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Old 12-11-2002, 13:03   #1 (permalink)
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Drive's Top 10

Just posted this on LS1 as well..


In Today's Drive section in the Age, they announce their 10 Best Cars for 2002.

Best Light Car - Mazda 2
Best Small Car - Holden Astra
Best Medium Car - Mazda 6
Best Large Car - Ford Falcon
Best Compact 4WD - Ford Escape / Mazda Tribute
Best Prestige Car - Mercedes C Class
Best Large 4WD - Mistubishi Pajero
Best Luxury Car - Mercedes E Class
Best Performance Car - Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo
If Money is No Object - Porsche 911

Pretty good set of results for Ford, especially when you have a look through the whole list. 5 of the 10 cars come under Ford's corporate umbrella!!

For those of you wanting to know about how the Commodore faired, they don't actually include other placings, instead just making a few comments on the VY, Magna and Camry.

Summary comments:

Falcon: "you won't get a better large family car for the money. Anywhere."

Commodore: "the updated VY Commodore showing few signs of improvement once you get past the sharper styling and revamped interior. Yes the steering is better, but the uncouth V6 and rough-as-guts auto gearbox are from the past and, as such, way off the pace set by the impressive new Falcon"

Not all bad though!! When mentioning the Magna and Camry they do say that:
"neither holds a candle to the locals when it comes to space, pace or outright driving entertainment."

A lot more in the article so grab a copy and have a read if interested.
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And this is from Drive - maybe you blokes will need to stop going on about the anti Ford bias.
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And this is from Drive - maybe you blokes will need to stop going on about the anti Ford bias.
That'd only last till the next article that has a single bad word to say about a Ford ...
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No car is perfect. Not even the barra.
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BLASPHEMY!!
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Jeez richo, you must live cars mate. You seem to know everything about the automotive even pricing of unreleased models. Tell me mate, what is it that you do for a quid?
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I work for a company that Consults to the Auto Industry. Been doing it for a while so most of my friends actually work at auto companies (primarily Ford). Part of my job is to keep up to date on what's happening in the automotive market so that means plenty of reading both domestic stuff and OS stuff and plenty of meetings.

It is absolutely amazing the sort of info that gets dropped by people over lunch!! One time, you make note of it, but when you hear the same thing from a number of people over time you start to give it a bit of credibility.

As for Drive.......Just happened to be at work at 6:30 and got the paper on the way in.

Come to think of it, saw a GT on the way home last night. Phantom in colour, it picked a gap on the freeway and absolutely blasted past me!!! Mates XR8 with a full herrod exhaust sounds good, but under acceleration this thing was incredible!!! If I could I'd record it and listen to it every night as I go to bed!!
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Good one richo: Must be the same car that i have seen, A GT with the argent 2 tone bumpers and 18" ts50 series 3 alloys. PURE HORN!!!!
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