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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-09-03, 03:30 AM Thread Starter
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Falcon's police role could go global

Falcon's police role could go global
By Bob Jennings
The Sun-Herald
Monday June 9 2003

Australia's Ford Falcon could replace police cars in the US. Bob Jennings reports.
There is growing pressure on police departments in the US to replace the Ford Crown Victoria -- and this could create an opportunity for Ford Australia.

The Crown Victoria has been the centre of a safety controversy in recent months, but there are few suitable V8 front-engine, rear-drive replacements in the US Ford line-up.

Jeff Schuster, the director of North American forecasting for industry research and marketing firm JD Power and Associates, says the Ford Falcon could well be the perfect replacement for the ageing Crown Victoria.

The Falcon's mechanical underpinnings could serve as a replacement police car and in the next five years could be built at Ford's plant in St Thomas, Canada, he said.

The Crown Victoria is under scrutiny after a series of rear-end collisions that resulted in petrol tank leaks and fires and the deaths of several police officers.


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Ford in Australia, however, has thrown cold water on the plan.

"There are no export plans," a spokeswoman said.

Meanwhile, Acid Rush, Hot House and Red Hot are not terms you'd expect to hear when referring to the average highway patrol car.

But these are the colours of the bright yellow, bright green and red police cars that will be on the roads around the NSW snowfields from now until the end of the October school holidays.

The move to introduce the highly visible patrol cars (pictured) follows agitation by Sergeant Kim Taylor of Cooma police. He said they were part of a deliberate strategy "to be out there and be seen".

He pointed out that white police cars were hard to see against a snow background.

"Normal highway patrol cars are also difficult to see from the air," Taylor said. "It is much easier to track these new cars from a helicopter."

The yellow car is a Falcon XR8, and the green and red cars are both Holden SS models.

Taylor said the NSW trial of brightly coloured cars followed a similar, successful, trial in the Victorian snowfields.

The vehicles were revealed last week during the launch of Operation Snow Safe 2003, at which Acting Southern Region Commander Wayne Dedden said police were working alongside the RTA, National Parks and Wildlife Service and local councils to combat drink-driving, speeding and major-injury collisions during the snow season.

"Now in its 10th year, Operation Snow Safe has resulted in a significant reduction in road trauma in the alpine region, which in turn reduces the cost to the community in human terms," Dedden said.

"We want to make sure that every trip to the mountains ends with fond memories, not in licences being suspended or worse, lives being lost."
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Ford in Australia, however, has thrown cold water on the plan.

"There are no export plans," a spokeswoman said.


It ain't happening.

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Pfft, stupid Ford is at it again... No ambition I tell ya... This is such a great opportunity. Dickheads...

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Petrol tanks have to be in front of or over the diff in USA cars I thought, hence the export problem.

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never knock down a oppotunity when you want it may never come back again. That is- business common sense. It could also be finally the foot in the door finally for the aussie Falcon in the States.

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Petrol tanks have to be in front of or over the diff in USA cars I thought, hence the export problem.

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Haha, thats just the beginning. The cost to retool for LHD itself would be expensive, and Ford Aus are already pumping out falcs as fast as they can, given delays with JIT. I don't think many people would be happy if Ford took longer to fulfill their order either.
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An export program like this is very achievable and profitable, the only issue I can see at this stage is that Ford US has other plans.

BTW The petrol tank location on the BA meets US requirements.

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Petrol tanks have to be in front of or over the diff in USA cars I thought, hence the export problem.
Nope! Seen where they are on the Mustang?

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Petrol tanks have to be in front of or over the diff in USA cars I thought, hence the export problem.
The tank positioning is not set down, but many manufacturers achieve the required rear impact standards by locating the fuel tank over or infront of the axle.
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It would be nice to see more police XR8s here, before we worry about America.

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