Originally Posted by PSIWGN
how disapointing is this were the aussie car market is headed?
This has been engineered by the government, you know the fat cats from Canberra!!
They had a tarrif that will be completely diminished within 18 months to zero!
If your not sure what a tarrif is i will explain;
When xb's/xc's were new the government had a 20odd % (i think) tarrif which imported car manufacturers had to pay to make their vehicle available for sale in Aus, that has now diminished to around 5% and will dissapear over the next 18 months, the idea was to have our locally made cars, world class, which in the days of the xb they certainly were not however todays Fords etc are very much world class.
I work for a huge car parts manufacturer and our locally made cars are programmed to come from 52% of market share to around 35% in 10 years - Scared yet, well wait!
If the local manufacturers do not find export markets to penetrate they will be nothing but a holding yard for imports within ten years (Why do you think Holden have tried so hard to export the Monaro and Commodore models to Arabia and USA??)
Want the scary part??
Here it is, I know for a fact that Ford will release a Diesel variant of the 2007 Falcon as my company has been at the forfront of the diesel revolution for years, why diesel, simply because in a 65 Litre tank in the 4.0 Litre capacity (which will be a Turbo charged 3.2) you can expect about 950Kms out of a tank CITY DRIVING and 1150Kms COUNTRY!