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Old 01-14-2002, 21:26   #1 (permalink)
 
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Business will be a gas for the latest new car maker to hit Britain – Verté is to launch a range of LPG-only cars and pick-ups. And guess what? There will even be hot versions with the famous XR badge!
The move is the brainchild of AC Cars boss Alan Lubinsky, who has teamed up with Australian suppliers to export eco-friendly versions of the Mondeo-sized Ford Falcon to the UK. Badged Verté Tempest, the line-up will include a choice of 200bhp 4.0-litre six-cylinder or 260bhp 5.0-litre V8 engines, mated to automatic transmission. Ford fans will be pleased to note that hot versions will spell the return of the XR badge, last seen on the Fiesta XR2i in 1995. The XR6 and XR8 sports saloons boast breathed-on versions of the two units and are both capable 150mph cruisers. The range will be completed by the luxurious, high-performance Tempest T.

Lubinsky is keen to distinguish Verté cars from AC models and is adamant they will not be sold together. "We're putting together a dedicated dealer network and aiming for a significant niche market," he told us.

Verté is taking the unusual step of launching the pick-up models – badged Tempest SUV – before the saloons, with deliveries starting from next month. Costing £15,950 for the entry-level XL and £17,950 for the well equipped XLS, the pick-ups' pricing policy bodes well for the arrival of the performance saloons early next summer.
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Excellent update on this! I think it's great having the Falcon in the UK associated with AC, even if they no longer sport Ford badges.
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Sounds very promising.. Good show I say..
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GO FORD!!! GO FORD!!!

WOO WOO WOO!!!

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'Mondeo-sized Ford Falcon', someone in for a shock!!!:crazy1:

Any export is good export for Ford OZ!!
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This is what replaces the Ford badge on the Verte lineup of cars...:oo1:
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Well at least its still a blue oval.... :crazy1:

No seriously, any export news is good news for Ford Oz. And go the ute I say :s3
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Here is a review of the Verte Tempest Ute - LPG Only I believe.

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/cazzodu....php3?id=33384

Pretty mediocre write-up - lets hope the XR models get a better welcome!
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Here is a review of the Verte Tempest Ute - LPG Only I believe.

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/cazzodu....php3?id=33384

Pretty mediocre write-up - lets hope the XR models get a better welcome!
bloody whingeing poms! i read the review for HSV maloo and it's a little bit better. needless to say, they make plenty of remarks which could easily be seen as anti-australian.

don't worry... they're just jealous! i mean, we've beaten them in just about every sport they invented!
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Rear leaf springs and wallowy front suspension make handling ponderous, while overlight steering and a dead brake pedal do little to inspire confidence. The four-speed auto box displays lazy, clunky gearchanges and indecision when cruising. This car is for blasting across the outback with a full load of sheep, not country lanes.
One minute they say the suspension is "wallowy" (is that a technical term, who writes this crap, Julian Edgar?) and the next they say it is fine for "blasting across the outback with a full load of sheep"! Wouldn't you need reasonable suspension to carry sheep?

I'm surprised with their comments about the auto, in the press here it generally gets great revies, better than GMH's version.

Sounds like a good car is wasted on them.
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