My theory on BA fuel economy
I was reading the Drive comparo discussed elsewhere on this forum today, and it struck me as odd that Ford has gone all-out for power in its base 'family' models at a time when fuel economy was already an area of Commodore strength, and with Ford desperately needing improved market share.
Another article in the same issue of the publication was about Geoff Polities saying that BA was not intended to overtake Commodore sales, due primarily to Ford lacking Holden's output at its factory.
Putting 2 and 2 together, I think I have worked out what Ford is up to. It is not aiming for a super-high-volume car this time around, but instead to heal the Falcon's damaged reputation. Overhearing the humbled voices of 185 kW '90s HSV drivers embarrassed by the BA XT on a Commodore forum, it struck me that BA exists solely to be a car that young people can find 'cool' and aspirational.
Families may continue to buy Commodores in huge numbers due to its apparently lower running costs and cheaper outright purchase price, but in the long-term, Ford will have made countless new fans. That means a solid future, and perhaps the possibility of more sensible de-tuned economy model once Falcon has built up some street cred.
Very clever. :s6:
Jack Travis, E-Series Acting President
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