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Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:03 pm 
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Ford says FPV customers will get better quality, rather than cheaper, cars now that Ford has taken over the high-performance vehicles division.

The blue oval has admitted the relocation of FPV production from its former dedicated facility in Campbellfield to within its Broadmeadows plant has resulted in a host of efficiencies that make the cars cheaper to produce.

But the removal of a middle man from the process won't lead to price cuts, with Ford pocketing the profit it used to share with former joint venture partner, Prodrive.

Ford insists owners will receive better value for money with greater levels of build quality.

“What we've tried to do is improve the quality of the build process for FPV and we believe what we offer to the customer is already great value for money with what is essentially a hand-built vehicle,” Ford Australia president Bob Graziano said at a ceremony to commemorate the first GT built at Broadmeadows for 37 years.

“Those efficiencies have translated into improved quality. We're positive there's benefits for the customers in that.”

It does, however, provide FPV more wriggle room to undercut the new HSV VF Commodore range, which is due to arrive in July, as Graziano confirmed there will be no product updates to the FPV line-up before next year's heavily-revised Falcon.

“We've got a freshening coming next year and we won't do anything separate for FPV before then,” he said.

The new FPV final assembly line within Broadmeadows has effectively half the staff that was needed at Campbellfield and the cars are moved through fewer assembly bays, as more of the unique work required is completed during the construction of the donor Falcon chassis on the main production line.

Similarly, the V8 engine is no longer built at the FPV plant. It is now constructed by a dedicated (and smaller) team of technicians at the six-cylinder engine plant in Geelong.

The production line has a capacity to build just eight FPV models each day, which is significantly less than at the peak of the re-born GT's popularity when FPV produced more than 25 per day.

source: smh.com.au

 

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 Post subject: Re: No price cuts on Ford-built FPVs
Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:02 pm 
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I'll let you guy's know how good the quality is when mine lobs late March.
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Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:15 am 
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It will be interesting to see just how much better the quality will be, or if ford will just be pocketing more profit for the same quality car prodrive produced

 

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Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:38 pm 
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The color match on the front and rear bars will be better now :)

 

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 Post subject: Re: No price cuts on Ford-built FPVs
Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:49 am 
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Six wrote:
It will be interesting to see just how much better the quality will be, or if ford will just be pocketing more profit for the same quality car prodrive produced


Don't forget that Ford just spent a large some of money to buy out Prodives interest in FPV.
It's their right to profit from it.
Every one is quick to have a sook when Ford looks to be killing off the locally built falcon, but at the same time people are sooking when Ford try to make it more profitable.

 

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Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:52 am 
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They suggest the cars that will be produced will be better quality, so I'm just saying it will be interesting to see how much better they will be. I'm not sooking just curious

 

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Posted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:53 am 
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DRHEMI wrote:
The color match on the front and rear bars will be better now :)


Probably not, There are plenty of cars getting around with colour problems even though the parts where all painted in the same place with same batch of paint.
There is more to it then the ability to match the colour. That fact the base materials are different will effect the final colour.
I work next to a panel shop, I've seen a bonnet and bumper sprayed at the same time by the same person with the same batch of paint and the after drying, the colours don't match.

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:25 am 
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Well that's a slap in the face for prodrive saying ford quality will be much better.

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:39 am 
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It's probably more to do with the fact that any body processes can now fixed on-line rather than a vehicle that has gone to another shop to be modified.
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