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Old 09-25-2002, 23:36   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, this morning I was rather bored, so I went to the public library to get some reading done.. I didnt make it past the magazine rack, where there was a BA and VY on the front cover.

Well Done Wheels. Surprisingly comprehensive reviews of the model lineup, with only one glaring error. It states that the XR6T is not supplied with the dual resonance intake, However, in the picture next to the article, what do I see bolted onto the head??

But, from the read I had, I have to say top marks to Ford. The interior picture of the Ghia really stands out, just the clean, squared off, classy interior look really sets it apart. The Turbo insignia on the bootlid just finishes off a good midlife facelift for the AU series. In fact, i'd have to say the whole lot looks $500 million worth, and every penny appears to have been spent wisely!

I also tend to agree with an unsourced overseas designer, who states that the BA is a departure from AU in its styling cues. Its become more generic, more mainstream. I guess thats good for sales, but I sure hope theres something Different around the corner for us.

One more point to make, Wheels did a REALLY GOOD JOB of highlighting how much the VY has become a poverty pack sedan. The shots of the LCD screen mounted in the dash Really stand out in my mind - Ford have gone for a TFT screen, which means they can draw very complex images on the screen, while Holden have used a screen which looks like a scaled up digital watch. The the graphics look like something you'd find on a hand-held Donkey-Kong game, the sort that was popular when I was in primary school! Oh, and the interior design - Miles Ahead!
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I'm saddened to observe that Holden has become a clinical business, and Ford a passionate maker of cars. The VY is a car built by beancounters, the BA by enthusiasts.

As soon as Holden starts to be financially burned by the interest in BA, it too will respond with a great product.
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im still waiting for a journo to have a good go at the cheap and crappy looking commodore interior relative to the quality of Barra
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I showed the Wheels magazine to my VT S Commodore owning housemate tonight... who was previously considering the VY SS when it came out. A die hard supporter of Holden, we always give each other heaps about our rides.

After going thru both cars, the BA and the VY, he shocked me by casually saying "I think I am going to have to buy the Ford next, might go down to the Ford dealerships this weekend and have a talk"...

I think the EdStart column was an excellent unbiased veiw of the Holden - Ford situation, especially the final line - "With its tough new street fighter about to be set loose, and the public relations tide starting to turn, all Ford needs now is a win at The Mountain in October..."

Here's hoping...
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