The Ideal Car for the Times

Posted on April 14th, 2008 in Driving Emotion,Ford,Opinion by Julian Edgar

The tipping point came when Al Gore released his new documentary: I Was Wrong. Completely repudiating An Inconvenient Truth, Gore showed in minute detail how flawed his previous views were.

The world was not actually warming, he noted,  instead it was cooling – and cooling in a way that was very likely to result in greater crop yields, more favourable rainfall patterns and political stability.

And the cause? From his documentary we learned for the first time that CO2 was proving in fact to be hugely beneficial. The greater CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere were counteracting the altered reflectivity of Earth’s surface caused by widespread urban development and farming practices.

But there were other changes, too. The Federal Government, revealing under Freedom of Information pressures previously unheard of research, showed that speed limits were set ridiculously low.  States were pressured until the open road speed limit was wound back 30 or more years, with the country road limit once again unlimited – but the onus of proof being on the driver to demonstrate that they were driving in a safe manner.

Interstate driving at 150 km/h was once again widespread.

The 40 and 50 km/h limits previously implemented in city and some urban areas were lifted to 80 km/h, and even more important for performance car enthusiasts, the laws relating to street racing were completely repealed.

Once again you could simply gun your car away from the lights at full throttle, shutting down those piss-weak four cylinders…

And developments were occurring internationally as well. The discovery of enormous volumes of tar sands – and, even more importantly, the incredibly cheap methods of extracting oil from them – meant that in one fell swoop, ideas like Peak Oil were made completely invalid.

Fuel prices immediately started dropping and it wasn’t long before a litre of petrol was again a sub-dollar price.

Australians flocked to large cars, revelling in their interior space and ability to tow the ski-boat and caravan. Rather than being the choice of only fleets (with a tiny proportion being sold to private buyers), large car sales grew enormously, families flooding back to these vehicles.

TV ads showed Dads leering over the fence at their neighbour’s new Australian large car. Bars were full of talk about the low fuel prices, impromptu street drag races and – amidst good natured jeers and laughter – how once there was concern about oil running out and the warming of Earth. 

In many ways it was like a return to the Nineteen Seventies – only better.

And into this environment Ford released the perfect car – the FG Falcon. Oh indeed it was the ideal car for the times…

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  1. Julian Edgar said,

    on May 14th, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    Ah well, let’s just wait for the FG to sell up an enormous storm. That will show how right Ford is with their product planning decision-making – and how totally wrong I am.

    I will be very surpised if it sells any better than the BF sold in its last year.

    And, if that happens, it will be a disaster for Ford in Australia.

    Time will tell.

  2. Julian Edgar said,

    on August 22nd, 2008 at 11:44 am

    The FG is selling so well that Ford are now cutting production jobs.,27753,24222706-462,00.html

    Now who is still prepared to say the car was the right car for the times? James (and others), where are you?

  3. Julian Edgar said,

    on August 22nd, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    and the boss has just left…

  4. Andrew said,

    on September 14th, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    I think you’ll find the job cuts have a lot to do with the evolution of the manufacturing process – in this respect Ford is behind Toyota, but improving all the time. As for ozzy, well, who knows?

  5. Ford Man said,

    on September 17th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    The Broadmeadows plant is running a 4 day week until mid Nov, and the line rate has dropped from 55 vehicles per hour to 38.
    Any more of Andrews ‘evolution’ and there won’t be a plant.

  6. adam said,

    on February 14th, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Come on, you once owned a Skyline GTR! Small cars?
    The RB26DETT churning endless power, all in the package that makes any hoon dribble.

  7. paul said,

    on February 14th, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Adam, you are an idiot. What does the skyline have to do with anything?
    (However, i am a bit of a one eyed fan… brilliant car, i own a r34)
    Great article Julian…

  8. Julian Edgar said,

    on February 14th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    adam, I also once owned a Honda Z. So?

  9. on February 25th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Dear Julian, I dont think you should admit to owning the hondaZ knowledge of it one thing ownership is another case regards Russ-S