Opinion on VY styling in the flesh
Popped out to Holden's Elizabeth plant today .... to do some VY spotting and sure enough the yard is full of them.
Having seen some BA's in the flesh and coming away thinking the Falcon was a classy looking animal I was keen to contrast that with the changes from VX to VY.
My first impressions of the VY is that its new styling makes the car look smaller (shorter and narrower), particularly the rear and that Holden have definitely got the proportions of the car VERY WRONG.
You wonder how Holden came to this styling decision given the same criticism (about proportion) applied to AU1 in particular, and perhaps a little less so in AU2 and Series III. Just amazing really.
There is no doubt the rear of the VY does look like a Magna/Lancer or Honda Civic because of the tailights (in particular), although you can guess that they were trying to introduce (current model) Vectra cues to it. But it doesn't work and I think they've failed. The car looks odd or "wrong" because of the contrast between the very "edgy and lined" front and rear versus the soft, bubbly sides.
What does this all mean?
As we all know, there are die hard Falcon and Commode buyers and they are unlikley to change their buying decision. Once a Ford or GM man, always a Ford or GM man etc etc.
Like a Federal election, its the swinging voters that are going to make the change. Over the past 4 years, a lot of these swingers went to Holden, but I predict that the vast majority are now going to come back to the Ford fold, not just because of the styling but also because of the other VAST improvements to the Falcon.
From Day One, I'll predict that Falcon sales will increase straight away to say 5000 a month . By about 6 months, Falcon will be doing well over 6000 a month consistently.
1. GM will have a Commode SVP (eg. an Equipe) with free air and alloys by Christmas to try and tempt back private buyers, who will by then be voting with their feet (and $$$'s) at Ford Dealers.
2. GM will try to heavy the media with stories and try to discredit the Falcon in every way possible.
Hope this thread induces some interesting and thoughtful comment.