Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Sydney Australia
Tougher looking T series and AV
From todays Australian newspaper:
MORE `VISUAL HORSEPOWER' FOR EMBATTLED FALCONS
Terry Martin The Australian.
FORD Australia's design director Simon Butterworth has vowed to toughen up the appearance of the embattled Falcon, starting with the revised T-Series sports sedans due for release next month and following up a year later with the new AV Falcon range. The former Jaguar designer, who joined Ford Australia in February, said the T-Series will "have a lot more visual horsepower" when it returns with a performance advantage over the Falcon XR8 and the ability to go doorhandle-to-doorhandle with the HSV ClubSport.
"(The new look) is trying to give it some steroids -- building on it and strengthening it and putting the tenacity in the right places," he said.
It is a theme Butterworth confirmed would be reinforced with the entire AV Falcon line-up when the substantial mid-life facelift of the current model hits the streets next year.
Budget constraints have meant Mr Butterworth and the chief architect of the AV Falcon, his predecessor Scott Strong, were forced to retain the current model's passenger cell, doors and heavily curved roofline.
However, the new car will have a completely new front and rear end and is expected to draw significantly from the new-generation Mondeo (not sold here ), which Mr Butterworth said embodies the design direction Ford is taking with its medium-large sedans.
"This Falcon is going to be a car which won't have any excuses," he said. "It 's going to be very well accepted by a lot of people. "