Will it sell?
all too often we make teh assumption that most people care about cars. fact is they dont.
point in case:
Captiva sells lots of units, but is a horrible Car. My dad has one but it was the best at it's (holden employee) pricing point that met his requirements. (7 seater, some towing capacity, and easy to find dealerships)
Cruize sells when it really cannot compete against other cars in same price point. In fact it sells so well they have llimited the employee discount on it.
small engines in big cars is all the rage at the moment, so why not Ford AU?
maybe they'll offer more in manual (doubt it) like europe with big car small engine
oh, and wrt diesels... I have owned 3 currently awaiting the 4th.
why havent ford et all introduced them to aus? well, there's that thing called weight, noise, availability of fuel, and availability of suitable drivetrain.
my Astra CDTi was a ripper. The Saab TTiD even more so. the subaru outback is good, but runs out of puff.. all of these had been tuned, and all ran around in under 8L/100km in town. (astra was doing 6's)
But, they are fun foot flat to the floor, not so much fun around the twisties and flexibility of engine was no where near the petrol counterpart....
wife now is waiting on the Passat to replace the outback. smoother engine, but that's about it...
More opportunities have been lost from indecision, rather than wrong decision.