Who cares what they think!
I know that the Barra is the real deal, and that there has been an enormous amount of work put in by Ford to make the BA even better than just another Australian car. The whole process, design, thought, management, evaluation etc, has been accomplished with the goal to make a better car.
The proof is in the pudding. There is no point speculating what someone else's opinion is about the product, ultimately it is the buyer who makes the decision to purchase the car, because they have to live with it. It is the marketers job to point them in the direction the company want.
I cannot believe that sane, reasonable, intelligent people such as those on this forum can get so upset about a written opinion about a car. It is a car for God's sake. I am just as passionate about my Fords as other people, but it is a car, it isn't an attack on your profession, your reputation or your way of life by uninformed (90% of) parasites masquerading as 'journalists'.
If you truly believe that the BA is the car for you, BUY IT. If you truly believe that Ford make the car that is everything you want then give them your PATRONAGE.
If you want to buy something so you have bragging rights or for someone else to write something nice so you feel justified in spending YOUR money, then you're buying the wrong product.
Come on guys, you don't need someone elses opinion to justify your decisions about which car is good or bad. Ford have traditionally gotten a raw deal from the media so just accept that it may take a long time to change. In the mean time be satisfied that the BA is a brilliant piece of engineering and shows that Australian know how is up with the best of them!!!!