Observations of a dumb consumer
Firstly, let me say that whilst I have been enjoying your discussions for some time, this is my first posting, so please be gentle.
I like to think that I'm an objective person and feel that this is true of how I vote and how I choose cars. I currently have a POS company car with an antiquated push rod engine, suspension designed 20 years ago, poor engineering, inadequate build quality, that leaks and burns oil, (ie VTII SS). See, I have been reading your postings (though I can't say that I've experienced most of these).
I am due to replace my car early next year, but would like to point out that I love this car and will be sad to see it go. Having said that, I couldn't be more excited at my options for replacement. At present BA XR8 and VY SS are running short odds.
So, some observations from one of the many non-tech (dumb) buyers out there.
One car has a control blade thingy and the other has a missing link trailing arm. All I know is that my SS handles pretty well and is lots of fun to drive around the bendy bits, although most motor writers would contradict me on this (I guess I haven't test driven enough Porches or BMWs to know the difference). And Holden are telling me that the next SS will handle better (than VX). Cool!
My push rod engine design is antiquated by comparison to BA's. All I know is that I think my car is quick and certainly does the job when the guys boom gate in the toll booth next to me raises at the same time as mine. And Holden are telling me that the next SS will be quicker (than VX). Cool!
My point is that superior products frequenly lose to superior marketing. Look at Beta Vs VHS as a case in point. It is clear from this forum (and from the guys backpeddling on LS1) that the BA appears to be the superior product.
Another thing worth considering is that for both Falcon and Commodore, executive fleet sales make up a large percentage of sales (70% I think). This means that the standard specs on these vehicles are important as there is little option for your average executive to make after market modifications.
For the record, to date I've had 3 Falcons and 3 Commodores.