New Barra Info from John Mellor
This just in from the John Mellor email news letter:
Ford claims Aussie firsts for the Barra
FORD has revealed a group of features it will introduce with the new Barra Falcon in October, two if which it claims are firsts for an Australian-built car.
Electronic throttle control
Electrically adjustable foot pedal positioning
At the same time Ford revealed the Falcon would be offered with reverse parking sensors and its satellite navigation updated from CD to DVD-based. There will also be improvements to the air-conditioning system. The electronic throttle – more commonly known as drive-by-wire – is standard across the Barra range and replaces the traditional system that comprised a mechanical cable and linkages. One of the major advantages of drive-by-wire is that it enables pedal responses to be tuned individually to suit each Barra
engine/transmission combination. It also doubles as the cruise control actuating system, but not all Barra Falcons will be equipped with cruise as standard. The throttle is adapted from an international design developed by Ford and supplier Visteon. The pedal adjusters are adapted from the system first seen on the new Jaguar S-Type and will be fitted standard to the top-spec Fairmont Ghia and available as an option across automatic models in the range. The pedals can be moved electronically to and from the driver via a rocker switch located on the steering column. The parking sensors are adapted from a Bosch system to cope with coarse chip
bitumen surfaces, outback roads and towing. The system engages automatically when reverse is selected and warns of obstacles
from as far away as 1850mm. It will be standard on Ghia and optional across the rest of the range.
The DVD-based sat-nav is the same Denso system as used by Toyota, although there are differences, such as Ford eschewing the
touch screen function because it found the screen became marked and dirty. The air-conditioning system now includes a debris filter designed to restrict coarse dust and leaf particles being drawn into the fresh air inlet ducts. A particulate air filter is offered as an option.
The windscreen wipers are now lowered out of the airflow
The windscreen washers have disappeared off the bonnet to be concealed below the bonnet line
The retractable aerial has gone, replaced by on-glass antennas
Ford issued the photo last week as part of its ongoing controlled leak of information regarding the new Barra.
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