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Old 11-25-2002, 18:30   #1 (permalink)
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Question XR Colours?

Why on earth isn't Blue Pearl unavailable on XR sedans and utes?

It's such a good colour, especially when viewed in sunlight. I'd just like to know why most colours are available on XR's but not Blue Pearl, Ice Mint Silver and Barossa Red. I can understand that the XR's and FPV cars have unique colours available only to them, but why not the rest of the colour range?
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Old 11-25-2002, 18:39   #2 (permalink)
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I was sure that I read somewhere that Blue Pearl is available on the XR range
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Old 11-25-2002, 18:44   #3 (permalink)
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Blue Pearl is not available on XR's.
Blueprint and Narooma are the blue colours.
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Old 11-25-2002, 19:48   #4 (permalink)
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same as a few years back i wanted a green XR6, couldn't get it in an XR. Some times I think ford are out to shoot them selves in the foot. I would think that you could have any combination you want unless its not in the normal range.
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Old 11-25-2002, 22:28   #5 (permalink)
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I agree i wanted blue pearl too.
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Old 11-26-2002, 01:13   #6 (permalink)
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If you order a car that has to be built, is their any logical/real reason why it can be sprayed that colour as it's being built?
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Old 11-26-2002, 20:11   #7 (permalink)
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Cars are typically run through a high volume paint shop in batches, as are component parts. For instance, a paintshop will do a batch of Blueprint falcons, is then cleaned and a batch of phantom falcons. This type of batch painting, greatly simplifies the process and makes vehicle painting less complicated, less prone to error and far simpler and cheaper.

I agree that there should be greater customer choice, but given the production limitations that exist, would you be willing to wait 1, 2, 3 or more months (as an example) just so that a viable number of XR's in Blue Pearl can be run through Ford's paint shop??

Most XR buyers will only ever choose a small number of colours (you can see that by the ones you see on the road), plenty of red, plenty of silver, plenty of black with AU models for instance. Increasing the number of colours available becomes an exercise that carries significant cost penalties for Ford and as a consequence certain models are allocated different colour ranges, the colours MOST commonly purchased by those that buy the individual models.

Just my thoughts.
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Blue Pearl is available on the FPV Cars.
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As Henry once said, any colour as long as its black!
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Old 11-27-2002, 05:14   #10 (permalink)
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What I don;t understand is howcome you have to pay extra for most paints? Why aren't all the colours just available for free?
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