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    Ford Falcon G6E (pictured)

An LPG-powered Falcon that goes like a petrol model?

…and uses only 25 per cent more fuel headlines the products on Ford’s Australian International Motor Show stand.

The EcoLPi Falcon won’t go on sale until later this year, but Ford head Bob Graziano was talking up the engine’s potential.

"It represents another key pillar in Ford's plan to bring a range of sustainability initiatives to market, following the launch of Australia's first locally-produced diesel vehicle in the new SZ Territory, as well as the introduction of Ford's patented EcoBoost engine technology in Mondeo," he said.

Engine outputs for the EcoLPi Falcon match those of the regular I6 Falcon engine - if the petrol Falcon is running on 95 RON. Feed it regular unleaded and the LPG car has the edge.

Fuel consumption for the EcoLPi is 12.6 litres for 100km against the petrol car’s 10 litres, but that’s more than offset by the cheaper price of LPG.

“This engine will sit alongside our EcoBoost engines, arriving in the Falcon next year, and give our customers genuine options in terms of emissions and driving styles,” Graziano said.

The hi-tech liquid phase port injection system replaces the older LPG venturi-mixer system Ford had sold on Falcons until September last year.

The Ford stand also features two scale models that show how the latest generation of Ford designers would interpret the Mad Max Interceptor (Ford helped with the car on the original movie), along with the latest version of the Focus small car and the new Ranger pick-up.

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  • Well Fred - how to answer your (4) posts. Now let's see. Japanese cars = buzz-boxes (and a bit old fashioned that phrase, don't you think). Australian large cars = packaging, performance, engine options. How about Maxima‚Äôs etc? Buzz-boxes? Or are you perhaps anti Japanese? They make some wonderful cars, including our 3.6 litre Japanese Subaru buzz-box. To be frank, very few people need something as big as the large Aussie cars (which are grossly overpriced anyway), certainly not in our cities. If the government taxes and dealer mark-ups on European and Japanese cars were reasonable no way could they sell a bread and butter Falcon or Commodore for more than 20K.

    Stevescribe of Australia Posted on 23 September 2011 6:18pm
  • Fred has a stutter, stutter, stutter, stutter

    No Dinosaurs with PCs Posted on 06 July 2011 3:08pm
  • WELL SAID STEVE but don't ban the v8's... someone told me Aussie was exporting LPG to Asia for 5c a litre. is this true???

    whoozi of yogotown Posted on 06 July 2011 2:22pm
  • Good on Ford Australia for continuing with the development of LPG engines and increasing efficiency. Too bad about the increasing LPG excise and the new Carbon Tax! Trust the Government to kill a good thing! LPG, petrol and diesel are all hydroCARBON fuels. High government excises on fuels plus GST all the way along the supply, distribution and retail chain already constitute unwieldy and uneconomic Carbon Taxes. A new Carbon Tax is not really something new it is just an EXTRA Carbon Tax. When will the Government take it's hand out of the Automotive and Transport Industries as well as everyday motorists pockets? E-Gas Falcons and Holdens are the cars that Australians need if they also wish to travel economically over poor roads on which the government has already frittered away our nations taxes. Try towing a heavy trailer, boat or caravan with a front wheel drive Camry Hybrid. How much did the Government give Toyota from our taxes to develop this car in Australia? Toyota have already developed such cars in Japan and America. Canberra hot air gas producers should leave the automotive industry to continue with ever more efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles.

    Steve Mahoney of Redcliffe Queensland Posted on 06 July 2011 10:08am
  • Fred's gettin' vocal there

    mannix Posted on 06 July 2011 8:44am
  • As a past owner of LPG dedicated Falcons (and about to upgrade company car) I will be happily going down this route. Was happy with past LPG Falcons, so one with same power and torque as EFI six is terrific with running costs of Japanese buzzbox. Australians don't realise how lucky we are to have performance, engine options and packaging of Commodore and Falcon. As someone who drives a large selection of cars for work purposes in all states of Australia and OS, I cannot understand why anyone buys a Camry type vehicle (especially a ridiculously overpriced and overhyped hybrid version) over our locals!

    Fred of Ballarat Posted on 05 July 2011 5:40pm
  • As a past owner of LPG dedicated Falcons (and about to upgrade company car) I will be happily going down this route. Was happy with past LPG Falcons, so one with same power and torque as EFI six is terrific with running costs of Japanese buzzbox. Australians don't realise how lucky we are to have performance, engine options and packaging of Commodore and Falcon. As someone who drives a large selection of cars for work purposes in all states of Australia and OS, I cannot understand why anyone buys a Camry type vehicle (especially a ridiculously overpriced and overhyped hybrid version) over our locals!

    Fred of Ballarat Posted on 05 July 2011 5:34pm
  • As a past owner of LPG dedicated Falcons (and about to upgrade company car) I will be happily going down this route. Was happy with past LPG Falcons, so one with same power and torque as EFI six is terrific with running costs of Japanese buzzbox. Australians don't realise how lucky we are to have performance, engine options and packaging of Commodore and Falcon. As someone who drives a large selection of cars for work purposes in all states of Australia and OS, I cannot understand why anyone buys a Camry type vehicle (especially a ridiculously overpriced and overhyped hybrid version) over our locals!

    Fred of Ballarat Posted on 05 July 2011 5:30pm
  • As a past owner of LPG dedicated Falcons (and about to upgrade company car) I will be happily going down this route. Was happy with past LPG Falcons, so one with same power and torque as EFI six is terrific with running costs of Japanese buzzbox. Australians don't realise how lucky we are to have performance, engine options and packaging of Commodore and Falcon. As someone who drives a large selection of cars for work purposes in all states of Australia and OS, I cannot understand why anyone buys a Camry type vehicle (especially a ridiculously overpriced and overhyped hybrid version) over our locals!

    Fred of Ballarat Posted on 05 July 2011 5:24pm
  • I knew a drag queen call Peter, Is that you Pete??

    Jabba The Hutt Posted on 05 July 2011 3:59pm
  • It's a shame that LPG prices will increase soon due to the government plans to place an excise tax on LPG plus of course the carbon tax.

    Kevin of Wallan Posted on 05 July 2011 3:23pm
  • This makes a Falcon a direct competitor to a Cruze, Mazda 323, Elantra or Fiesta in respect to fuel costs but with the added advantages of great performance, handling, NVH and space. It is definitely well worth consideration from everyone pretty much. I think I'll forget my thoughts about a Fiesta.

    Roger Knight of Adelaide Posted on 05 July 2011 1:12pm
  • great well done with the LPI system but PLEASE DON'T phase out the 4 litre straight six its a rig of an engine and it'd be sacrilege to put a tiny v6 in it let alone a 4CYLINDER??

    whoozi of wayoutwest Posted on 05 July 2011 1:12pm
  • surely the 25% more fuel is incorrect as the 2 main reasons for LPG liquid injection is more power and economy. The old systems even use on 15-20% more fuel not 25% as quoted here

    Daryl of Melb Posted on 05 July 2011 1:03pm
  • To ces. graham of tauranga - what's wrong with the font passenger seat please? I have an FG G6 and other than a lack of power assistance there is nothing wrong with the seat IMO.

    Peter Posted on 05 July 2011 12:26pm
  • Australia's first locally-produced diesel vehicle in the new SZ Territory???? Holden actually won this race - twice. With the Gemini Diesel circa 1980, and the new Cruze. I believe both these had imported engines, but so will the Territory.

    Alan of Logan, Qld Posted on 05 July 2011 12:21pm
  • Sounds great.. BUT have Ford listened, and acted on upgrading their really crappy front passenger seat

    ces. graham of tauranga Posted on 05 July 2011 12:05pm
  • Jabba the tool - please say something intelligent?

    Peter Posted on 05 July 2011 11:49am
  • A lot of southern motorists love LPG. Ford can do good stuff, its just that management cant recognise what their customers want - soon enough. The ideas always come to fruition 4 years too late

    Tigerforit of Mackay Posted on 05 July 2011 11:42am
  • Lets hope that the journo's (like Smithy) give it a fair go. For some reason they want to crucify Australian production and support foreign cars, whereas they should be promoting homegrown.

    Weedpecker of Northern Beaches Posted on 05 July 2011 11:38am
  • I'm in love, LPG is the most efficient and cheapest fuel in Australia. Forget petrol and diesel, nothing beats the smell of LPG in the morning

    FrugalOne snr Posted on 04 July 2011 3:50pm
  • Welcome to the worlds quickest taxi

    Jabba The Hutt Posted on 04 July 2011 12:39pm
  • Bring it on well done Ford it's been too long coming though

    mannix of santa maria Posted on 04 July 2011 8:32am
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