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Since we are getting the Mustangs here...why doesn't Ford Australia export our cars to the US?
There's been a lot of good response from other disscussion boards as a lot of Americans like the design of our Falcons.
This can only be good for Ford Australia in the money situation and our economy.
 

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Politics. Politics. Politics.
Imagine if our cars whipped the ass of the american stuff. Wouldn't look too good.
Plus, most americans like FWD and 'refinement'. Our cars don't qualify except for minority buyers.
 

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Politics is it, as a former employee of Ford Australia we are always told how insignificant we were in Ford world, and how we had to constantly justify our existence......Sorry state of affairs that. Anyhow the yanks make crap cars. Their quality is no where near ours, imo. The falcon would whip butt I think in US markets. And also those Middle Eastern markets. I wonder what Ford Australia is exporting these days, a few to NZ, some to Suid Afrika, maybe the odd XR to England, but otherwise zip. CTX got canned..............

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Aussie Pete said:
Politics. Politics. Politics.
Powerful american unions don't help the situation either. We'll need a minor miracle to get FoMoCo board approval for an export program, then call in Jesus to move some mountains with the Seppo unions.. I wouldn't put money on it happening in the near future.. :(
 

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This same conversation goes on over at my other site. Seems a lot of guys would love to have the Holdens imported here. Or have the power outputs of the Mid-East Caprice. It would never happen. Since we have these crappy laws about gas mileage and all. I would buy myself a Tickford or Holden over a Ford or Chevy if it was reasonably priced.
 

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Seems a lot of guys would love to have the Holdens imported here
I'm not too sure but I think you guys may be getting the monaro overthere? Does anyone know if this is correct or not?? :confused:
 

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I can't remember where I read it, but it was in an australian magazine recently. Might have been wheels I think. Not all that sure though.. :confused:
 
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Hey just wanted to let ya guys know not all us "Yankes" like FWD
I believe a wheel was meant to do 1 of 2 things either turn or propel, now seriously you really think about it and it is totally true. When you get a bloody fwd on ice and turn the wheel and gun it what happens? you go straight. I hate FWD, I like all kinds of cars and just happen to have a Ranger, I would love to get a new MOPAR but as long as they don't have a performance RWD car to sell I won't be getting one. If ford sent over the Falcon I think I might be inclined to get one of those. My next new car is going to be a Mustang. By the way I watch your V8 Super Touring Car series on SpeedVision and love it. The Falcon is a very stylish car and Ford could us it here. What do we got a fwd 4drTarus that they use in NASCAR as a 2dr rwd race car, they could use it in NASCAR and have something a little bit closer to what we watch race every week on tv sitting on the showroom floor. You guys have always had cool cars over there, I never new about the Fords till I came to this board, one of my favorite cars over there would have to be the Charger with the Hemi Slant Six. i have seen one that was exported here and it was a cool little car.

Aussie Pete said:
Politics. Politics. Politics.
Imagine if our cars whipped the ass of the american stuff. Wouldn't look too good.
Plus, most americans like FWD and 'refinement'. Our cars don't qualify except for minority buyers.
 

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Cobra splash Charger doesn't have slant 6. It has hemi 6 I used to own one.If you wan't new rwd in US and it's not atruck or luxo barge then it looks like you're out of luck from what I can see .Maybe you blokes should personal import your own XR8's from here . I see that someone has imported XR8 ute into US. It might cost but youre not going to pass another one going down the street are you and Aust dollar is only 50 somthing cents US.I remember in the 80's someone was exporting 351 XE's to the US. :cool: :D :D
 

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We could only wish that some of the cars you guys have there would be brought over. I have a 93 Escort, I would gladly trade in for a Laser TX3 AWD. But I have to settle for putting all the power to the front instead of all four. The reason that Ford will not bring some of the great cars from other markets is because they are afraid to hurt the sales of the "almighty" Mustang. I personally think this is the biggest pile of crap imagineable. I recentle came back stateside from Germany, they have some great Ford cars there also. I am into smaller cars, but still want the power to have major fun. In Europe they have the Escort Cosworth, a 278hp, AWD, turbo car that would smoke a GT Mustang. I also owned a rather nice, if mild, Ford Escort Cabrio, it was a blast to drive and Ford could have easily captured the market from VW with this entry. Well that's about enough of my ranting for today. Have fun guys, and if any of you know where I can order Laser parts online, please let me know.:fmad:
 

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Although im no expert I seriously doubt an AWD 280Hp Escort or Focus would steal Mustang sales. From what I know of the US auto market there was no affordable AWD Turbo small car up until the WRX which was released there recently.
All I know of was the Mitsubishi 3000GT and its Chrysler clone (Eagle Talon or something?) and neither of those ever sold well.

So Ford would have had to take a risk in introducing a niche vehicle that could become a cult car, or a total flop.
They obviously thought the latter.

Here the Laser TX3 Turbo was dropped years ago due to poor sales, same for the Lancer GSR. Yet, only a couple of years later, the Suburu WRX became THE cult car here, sales were also slow for it early on. Im sure Mitsubishi is regretting dropping the GSR here everytime it sees the WRX sales figures.
If the TX3 Turbo was released a few years ago when the WRX was becoming big then things may be different now.

Alot of the WRX sales success was/is due to its World Rally Championship, something that isnt all that popular in the US.

I think Ford is testing the water with the SVT Focus, and if that sells well then you could probably guarantee that an AWD Turbo will follow. If not then Ford hasnt lost too much as alot of the car is still a Focus, unlike a fully tricked-out AWD Turbo model.
 
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