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CAR OF THE WEEK

Ford Falcon

Despite the legendary automaker’s reliance on larger automobiles in the early twentieth century, in 1960 Ford introduced the front engine, rear-drive, six passenger compact car known as the Falcon, whose production would last for only another decade. The initial iteration of the Falcon was an immediate success for the automotive giant, outselling similar vehicles offered by both Chrysler and GM. The Falcon’s initial success may have been due to the wide variety of model options offered to the consumer including the four-door station wagon, convertible, and the unique Ranchero pick-up variation. By Ford’s standards at the time, the Falcon was considered to be a small car while other manufacturers throughout the world might have considered it a mid-size, however, Ford General Manager Robert McNamara wanted to design a car that fit the trend of European influence while still maintaining Ford’s vintage large and efficient model. The first Falcon, which rolled out onto showroom floors in 1960, featured a lighter engine as well as body style featuring a 95 horsepower 2.4 liter engine. Despite the compact design and to stay ahead of the competition like the Dodge Dart, the Falcon made room for six passengers. Ford also made sure to corner the market on commercial influence as well, the 1961 brochure featured Charlie Brown and Lucy, two iconic characters from Charles Schulz’s comic strip Peanuts, the television marketing campaign featured the very first animated appearances from the characters as well. After the American Falcon was phased out in 1971, it would be Australia that would take up its mantle for the next forty-years. Eventually, the Falcon would be just as dominate down under as it was upon being introduced in America in 1960. In Australia, the Falcon has been the go-to model for taxis and police vehicles, making it one of the most popular cars in the country’s automotive history. In May of 2013 Ford Australia announced the end of local Falcon production and by October of 2016 its replacement had been rolled out as the Mondeo from Europe and the Mustang from North America.

The Car of the Week is sponsored by Ruge’s.

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BEING AN EDUCATED BUYER

When it comes time to purchase a new vehicle, it has become easier than ever before to gather information before even stepping foot into a dealership. This can be both helpful and overwhelming. It may seem like there are hundreds of cars, trucks, SUVs, and crossovers to choose from – and that’s because there are! There are also hundreds of websites that will claim to be the authority on what’s best. The recipe for success, however, is a combination of doing some online homework and going to a dealer and driving one for yourself.

Let’s say you think you might want a Chevy Silverado pickup. I’d suggest the following:

Chevrolet.com and YouTube will have plenty of photos, videos, and spec sheets. This will help you get familiar with what’s available and what might meet your needs. Websites like Cars.com and Autotrader.com will show you both new and used vehicles near you, so you can get all of your options in one place. Kelley Blue Book is a good place to get an idea on trade-in value if you are considering trading in your current vehicle. Keep in mind the dealer will evaluate your trade based on condition and the local market at the time, but it’s a great point of reference. Then, head on over to your local dealer’s website to see what they have. You can even use their payment calculators to get a buy or lease payment range. You should also look at their reviews on social media to make sure you’ll be well taken care of. You’re ready to look at real trucks, walk around them, sit in them, and drive them! Now you’re an educated buyer which helps you and the dealer to get you where you want to be. Congratulations!

Patrick Downes
Ruge’s Chevrolet, Millbrook, NY. www.rugeschevrolet.com

August 10th, 2019|Car Advice|
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