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Journalists have killed the Falcon

Is the Falcon really dead?

"Youse journalists 'ave killed orf the Foulcuhn," reads a perpetual missive which, though sent via email, still somehow resounds of appalling diction and reeks of a beery aggro.

This flagrant reality denial used to amaze and amuse me. It's the equivalent of claiming the Soviet Union collapsed because one spring day Pravda ran a narky headline. Now -- as with all shouty and empty rhetoric -- it merely bores me.

Both edifices crumbled because they were no longer relevant and the people, having breathed a lungful of free choice, weren't about to go back on the collective farm.

With the financial Berlin Wall that was the tariff barrier removed, suddenly state financed sedans were seen to have little allure and all the stale patriotic propaganda in the world can't change that. Look at the cars that have made up the top five since the Falcon, and of late, the Commodore, began the long slide toward oblivion.

Because it has not a single fleet or rental sale, the Mazda3 can be seen as one of the world's most remarkable automotive success stories. Not much regarded in most countries, here it is truly the national car  and a more glaring polarity to those trad Aussie sixes is not to be had.

The paradox is, as noted last week in Carsguide, that some versions of the big Strayan made cars have never been better. The SS Commodore is one of the world's bargain performance cars. The EcoBoost Falcon is an inspired marriage of Euro powertrain tech and made for local conditions know-how.

And both are far too little, far too late, to save -- as some correspondents fancifully suggest -- either model in its current form. The people have been permitted to speak and none of them want a return to the pre-Glasnost era.