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Yesterday during day on of the Detroit Autoshow, Ford's CEO Allan Mullaly announced that Australian Ford Falcon, would soon be coming to an end. Because he has focused Ford on the One Ford strategy, there is no room according to Mullaly for more than one large car platform, and that platform will be the Taurus going forward.
For 50 years the Falcon has pounded the streets and the outback of Oz, and it's legend at The Bathurst is long and deep. To may down under killing of the Falcon would be like killing of the Mustang in the US.
Rising gas prices have put a dent into sales of the rear wheel drive car and Ute, but it's hard to think that "The Last Of The V8's" could be in sight.
We will have a much more in depth review of the day later tonight, but wanted to give you some quick thoughts so far today.
Ford had a nice production for their Focus intro of which you can see a quick blurb here on the blog below, general reaction form the jaded press corps was good.
GMC brought you the Granite, what they call an "Urban Utility Vehicle", what also could be know as yet another Xb copy. 1.4 liter turbo motor and suicide doors. Interior looks good, this is one of those prototype not announced for production cars.
Buick showed off the new Regal and also the GS "Concept" Look for that to be announced for production shortly. Some big power numbers announced for the GS Regal, 255HP and 290TQ out of a 2 liter turbo motor.
As a side note GM needs to hire some new writers for Mark and Susan, the fake conversation they had to begin the presser was corny and awkward.
We skipped the Toyota presser and by all accounts it was a good thing, reports are people were falling asleep there, also Toyota needs some new writers as well, the jokes wouldn't have made it at amateur night at the comedy club.
VW showed off a highbrid coupe which has been tagged as the next Jetta and Mercedes touted it's highbrids, then showed off a Convertible E Class which has a spoiler that comes out over the windshield header to direct air over the back seat passengers. Seems like engineering for engineering sake.
We are taking a break, and will post notes later in the day, pictures to come as well.