Ford Aus to make next pickup

Submitted: Friday, May 12, 2006 at 10:59
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Ford in Australia will be making/designing the next lineup of Commercial utes for Aus and the world market to replace courier/bravo etc says Cars Guide.

lets hope that the Aus designers have a good say in what to include in the new utes, hopefully to suit Aus conditions and offroading.
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 11:57

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 11:57
Design yes but haven't been told we will be making them, anyway big news with a $1.8 billion injection into Ford Aus for that and other projects.
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Reply By: Brett_B - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 12:32

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 12:32
Being able to design and build is one thing.

Quality is another, wonder if that will be typical AUS ?

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Follow Up By: moosey - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 13:08

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 13:08
Nothing wrong with Aus build cars, Falcon/Comm/magna are top quality for the price.
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 13:14

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 13:14
I am currently doing some design work for an Australian automotive manufacturer and I don't think you have the remotest idea what you are talking about or the lengths to which this (and other) manufacturer goes to in order to ensure a quality product.

It's this kind of denigrating our own industry, especially when it's unjustified, we can do without.

Excellent news for Ford Oz.

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: TroopyTracker - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 15:30

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 15:30
Gotta say I'd never thought the words top quality and commodore/falcon went together myself, I'm with you Brett. Is it not true the the government has to charge importers of imported cars tariffs so our Aussie industry can compete? Strange they're not exporting themn all over the world being such good quality and great value??
Matt
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Follow Up By: moosey - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 16:19

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 16:19
Wouldn't have anything to do with the slave labour they use in Asian countries would it!!!

The amount of features you get for your money is far better than most.

On a recent Top gear episode (show in the UK) they tested a HSV commodore, and they couldn’t believe what you got for the money.

I’m not biased either I drive a Toyota.
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Follow Up By: TroopyTracker - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 17:02

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 17:02
Fair call on the asian cars, what about euro stuff? Was interesting how those guys loved the monaro. That had to be the best show on telly and they take it off???? Jeremy is a classic. Loved the Disco 3 test, all the tests really. Wish they'd put it back on, mythbusters is pretty boring these days.
Matt
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Follow Up By: Exploder - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 17:33

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 17:33
I'd never thought the words top quality and commodore/falcon went together myself.

Why is that?

What is a better family car for the price?
Top line spot’s models, once agene try and get something better for the price.
XR6 Turbo> Try and get anything better for the price also noting that that engine is verry under tuned.

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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 17:56

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 17:56
>Strange they're not exporting themn all over the world being
>such good quality and great value??

Yet another person expressing opinions without any knowledge.

The vehicle I am currently involved with will be exported to South America, China, the USA and, I think, Canada.

Other vehicle components I have had involvement with which are being manufactured in Australia are exported to, and fitted in, more countries and vehicles than I can remember. You will find many Toyota models have Australian designed and manufactured parts in them, to name but one major overseas manufacturer – many others do too.

We have enough trouble in the export market from the normal process of foreign competition, we do not need ill informed and bigoted attacks from within. Unless our manufacturing industry can export it will die with tragic consequences for employment and prosperity in Australia - don't knock it unless you know what you're talking about and can support your attack.

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: bigcol - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 23:08

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 23:08
I'm with you Mike.
I often wonder about the mentality of the people that rubbish a full size family car that is equipped with what a Falcon and Commodore has for a bit over 30 grand.
Bloody good value if you ask me.
Got to wonder when those same types go and spend nearly 50 big ones on a dual cab hilux or navara 4by

By the way before some jump down my throat i drive a Navara STR
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Follow Up By: bigcol - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 23:11

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 23:11
While i'm on new Hiluxs.
i wouldn't say they have good finish.
Not after seeing a client of mines new Hilux and the issues he has had with Toyota trying to get it fixed
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Follow Up By: TroopyTracker - Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 07:39

Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 07:39
Mike Harding
Sorry for any offence??? Just an opinion. No knowledge? Why thankyou.

Attacks!! I think this topic is a little to close to heart for some of you guys to discuss, or perhaps you work for these companies. I think Holden/Ford a great at what they do- make cheap cars, but I think they're crap. Think I'm allowed to think whatever I want still in Aus, yes?

Bye
Matt
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Follow Up By: Brett_B - Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 12:02

Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 12:02
I must have a little chuckle to myself,

Look what 19 words can do.

Mike your comment of "I don't think you have the remotest idea what you are talking about" shocks me a little.

How can you say that about a person you have never meet, you dont know who I am, what I know, who I know, I think your comment is strange.

You shouldn't judge a person on 19 words.

Have a nice weekend :-)

Brett
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 12:23

Saturday, May 13, 2006 at 12:23
I'm not judging you - for all I know you might be a tap dancing bear - I'm judging your ill-informed comment about Australian made cars being of low quality. Anyone who makes such a comment, clearly, knows nothing of the current state of quality perusal in the Australian motor industry - I do. I'm working on it on a daily basis at the moment and have been for the past 18 months. _Directly_ at the sharp end. And it annoys me to hear Australians rubbishing their own countrymen when it's undeserved and plain wrong.

Mike Harding

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Follow Up By: Joe King - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 12:20

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 12:20
"On a recent Top gear episode (show in the UK) they tested a HSV commodore, and they couldn’t believe what you got for the money. "
I seen the test they did between the Vauxall (Rebadged Monaro) the latest Chrysler (The one that looks like the mafia would drive) & the latest Jag...
the Monaro bleep it in, more grunt off the starting blocks than the Jag & more comfy than the Chrysler, for a hell of a lot less money, good on the Aussie companys I reckon, should be more of it...
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Reply By: Outbacktourer - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 15:49

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 15:49
Here's the SMH take on the grants to Ford. Someone should help this guy exercise his passport for a one way journey.

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Reply By: TUFF IFS LUX - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 17:41

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 17:41
G'day al,

That bit of news is not all good news for us Aussies here - the new ute range will be "designed" in Australia, the place where it will be built will be the same plant that builds the Couriers now, in Thailand. We can only hope that it meets Aussie standards in offroad performance and looks/practicality and not some wanky halfbreed jap design pickup as the new mitsubishi triton thats coming out looks like - definitely FUGLY car of the decade!

TUFF_IFS_LUX
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Follow Up By: RosscoH - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 21:09

Friday, May 12, 2006 at 21:09
Nothing wrong with the new Triton, saw one the other day for the first time, looks a lot better than that thing they call the Hilux
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