Today's DRIVE - low-fat ford & 6spd auto confirmed
Dont expect an all aluminium body for BA2, but we are getting a slimmer falcon. While Richard Parry Jones was here for the AUS GP, he basically confirmed that new materials, stronger yet lighter major body structures will be used to shed weight. No mention of how much but a few quotes from the man himself...
"With the BA, we knew what we had to do to get the job done."
"The initial reaction is the thing seems to have gone very well, and with it, the reputation of Ford Australia is on the up-swing."
"The straight six engine has a lot of character with it's new twin-cam cylinder head, but the car still has some performance and economy issues."
The last paragraph says...
While in Australia, Parry-Jones will test some of Ford's new performance Falcon's. He notes the "performance car culture" here, and says that although the core model of the range must be right to ensure successfull sales, "you have to have the hero car right, too".