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Old 08-03-2004, 23:31   #1 (permalink)
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Got a call from Ford today reguarding a email I sent them ages ago (months?) about XR6 Turbo mechanicals in a Fairmont Ghia.

Apparently its not going to happen, vauge about the exact reason but the primary one he mentioned was marketing.

I argued the point for a little while saying about how much better the car would be, more competitive with the Calais, etc. I think in the end I sold him on the idea and he might try to take it up with someone else, but not gunna happen at this stage.

Shame really. Ghia Turbo would be a winner and would be diffrent enough from other models to make it work, it would also place it inline performance wise with other luxury saloons like 545, ls430, etc.
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Old 08-04-2004, 00:09   #2 (permalink)
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Apparently its not going to happen, vauge about the exact reason but the primary one he mentioned was marketing.
Yes he was vague abouth the primary problem being that their marketing department can't find its' arse with both hands...

Another wasted (or missed) opportunity...
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Marketing departments not knowing their arse form their elbow is not a problem - it's standard operating procedure!
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You only have to look at the VL Calais Turbo to realise what sort of cult following a BA Ghia Turbo could have.

What a waste.
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Old 08-04-2004, 02:21   #5 (permalink)
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Well, lucky we have experts. Otherwise Ford would have made a big mistake and made something truely interesting. Thankfully we know thats not going to happen and we can all go back to bed.
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Re: No Ghia Turbo

XR6T plus highline interior is pretty close and you can option the reversing sensors
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Old 08-04-2004, 03:11   #7 (permalink)
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I can see that, but XR6T + premium pack does not sit anywhere near Calais or Ghia if you actually get out of one and into another one. Seat adjustment, seat trimming, various other interior diffrence, rear armrest, bodykit, colour choice, bootlining, interior ambiance etc etc etc..

If they are so close why don't they just axe the Ghia (and the regular Fairmont) and sell the cheaper XR6 N/A and XR8 instead? Why would anyone buy the Fairmont or Ghia? Surely everyone would simply just buy XR6 if they wanted a six cylinder luxury car and a XR8 if they wanted a V8.

If Holden can see the diffrence between say SS and Calais, and sell loads of both, why can't Ford?

Seems like Ford has some serious model identity problems, Fairlane Ghia, G220, LTD, Fairmont, Fairmont Ghia.

Doesn't matter anyway really.. Calais it is. Faster, more economical, better resale, more technology, more powerful, more equipment, better features, better looking, significant upgrades over other models. You don't have to wrestle the option list with the salesman to get the right quote after 5 attempts, they would proberly have the one you want in a showroom, bingo.
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XR6T plus highline interior is pretty close and you can option the reversing sensors
Just incase you hit boost when parking at Safeway? LOL

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I think a BA2 Ghia with a 240T engine in it would be a instant hit. If, I say if it is marketed properly!!
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Check out the turbo forum for a Ghia turbo.
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