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Old 01-14-2002, 21:29   #1 (permalink)
 
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Business will be a gas for the latest new car maker to hit Britain – Verté is to launch a range of LPG-only cars and pick-ups. And guess what? There will even be hot versions with the famous XR badge!
The move is the brainchild of AC Cars boss Alan Lubinsky, who has teamed up with Australian suppliers to export eco-friendly versions of the Mondeo-sized Ford Falcon to the UK. Badged Verté Tempest, the line-up will include a choice of 200bhp 4.0-litre six-cylinder or 260bhp 5.0-litre V8 engines, mated to automatic transmission. Ford fans will be pleased to note that hot versions will spell the return of the XR badge, last seen on the Fiesta XR2i in 1995. The XR6 and XR8 sports saloons boast breathed-on versions of the two units and are both capable 150mph cruisers. The range will be completed by the luxurious, high-performance Tempest T.

Lubinsky is keen to distinguish Verté cars from AC models and is adamant they will not be sold together. "We're putting together a dedicated dealer network and aiming for a significant niche market," he told us.

Verté is taking the unusual step of launching the pick-up models – badged Tempest SUV – before the saloons, with deliveries starting from next month. Costing £15,950 for the entry-level XL and £17,950 for the well equipped XLS, the pick-ups' pricing policy bodes well for the arrival of the performance saloons early next summer.


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Interesting Stuff , how are they going to market it ??? Thru the Ford Dealerships or new ones????

Will be interesting to see the saloons as the mid size family cars with hot varients are going to be set alight !!!!!!

We already have the new MG range which although seems slow to pick up in Scotland is proving popular down south and then there is the plans for a hot Mondeo to beat the Honda Accord Type R so things look promising as they say!!!

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Interesting Stuff , how are they going to market it ??? Thru the Ford Dealerships or new ones????

Will be interesting to see the saloons as the mid size family cars with hot varients are going to be set alight !!!!!!

We already have the new MG range which although seems slow to pick up in Scotland is proving popular down south and then there is the plans for a hot Mondeo to beat the Honda Accord Type R so things look promising as they say!!!

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Well he doesn't actually say. Do AC have any links to ford dealers?
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Badged Verté Tempest
Could they think of a worse name?

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both capable 150mph cruisers
Aussie ones don't do 150mph, must change the tailshaft in the export version.

Good news for Ford Aus anyway. I reckon Saudi Arabia is another place they should export to, I think Holden does already.
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AC are a private thing here I think there is only the factory with the sales thru them and few autherised dealers (ie one or two).

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The move is the brainchild of AC Cars boss Alan Lubinsky, who has teamed up with Australian suppliers to export eco-friendly versions of the Mondeo-sized Ford Falcon to the UK.

Interesting how they refer to the Falcon as Mondeo sized when it is in fact larger than Scorpio of a few years back.
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Interesting how they refer to the Falcon as Mondeo sized when it is in fact larger than Scorpio of a few years back.
yeah they are in for a shock when the cars get there aren't they
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