Ford Falcon, XD to EF

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Ford Falcon

The replacement to the XC needed to enable Ford Australia to counter any momentum being generated by the General’s European influenced VB Commodore. Starting with a clean-sheet, the designers strove to better their car in many key areas, including efficiency and interior space. The resultant XD featured numerous innovative design features, including the first plastic fuel tank fitted to an Australian built car, but unlike the Commodore the Ford designers had resisted the temptation to make the car smaller. The subsequent XE introduced electronic fuel injection and a Watts link coil sprung rear end, the efficiency and smoothness this brought about taking Ford to the number one spot in the Australian market.

With the XF came the EEC-IV engine management system, adding further refinement to an already smooth, strong and reliable power plant. The all-new and more rounded shape was introduced with the EA, and further improvements to the front suspension and geometry ensured even greater durability. The EB offered some handling improvements, but for many the most important feature was the return of the bent-eight, although arguably more important was Ford’s decision to make ABS available on a mainstream Aussie built car for the first time.


Ford Falcon XD  

Ford Falcon XD

1979 - 1982
The XD Falcon marked the start of Ford's determined push to become market leader in Australia, a goal they ultimately achieved, but one that at the release of the XD beyond their grasp. More >>
Ford Falcon XE  

Ford Falcon XE

1982 - 1984
The XE celebrated a defining point for Ford Australia as they finally passed GMH in the sales wars, and with a product that they least expected, the Falcon. More >>
Ford Falcon XF  

Ford Falcon XF

1984 - 1988
The XF represented the last of the fourth generation cars, and featured softer, more rounded styling with revsions to the grille and bumpers, and new tail lamps. More >>
Ford Falcon EA  

Ford Falcon EA

1988 - 1990
Much like the "BA" of 2002, the "EA" had countless improvements over its predecessors. Most importantly for Ford was the introduction of new fuel injected 3.2 and 3.9 liter (SOHC) engines - which were a great improvement on the harsh and thirsty 3.3 and 4.1 liter pushrod sixes they replaced. More >>
Ford Falcon EB  

Ford Falcon EB

1991 - 1993
The EB facelift hardly altered the apearance of the EA, however the big news for V8 fans was the re-introduction of the V8 (available for the first time since 1983). More >>
Ford Falcon ED  

Ford Falcon ED

1993 - 1994
Even though there were over 280 changes made to the EB to create the ED, Ford's continued development of the EB had seen so many improvements that the ED was simply an evolution of an already popular and reliable car. More >>
Ford Falcon EF

Ford Falcon EF

1994 - 1996
Undoubtedly the most significant "facelift" of the "E" series Falcon was the "EF". With the notable exception of the doors, the remaining panels were all new, and now the luxury Fairmont and Fairmont Ghia versions could be distinguished by completely different frontal treatments. More >>
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