Ford FG Falcon
The current Ford FG Falcon is the most recent model in a long line of iconic cars produced by the Ford Motor Company of Australia.
As the cost of petrol goes up and the popularity of medium sized cars and SUVs for family use increases, Ford is attempting to buck the trend and put its sedan back at the forefront of the market.
This large and spacious car has placed an emphasis on comfort, safety and driveability, which should enable it to continue the Falcon range’s traditional status as one of the country’s most popular cars.
There are several variants of the current Falcon model, including the Falcon XT, the Falcon XR6, and the Falcon G6 and G6E.
The standard 4.0 litre 6 cylinder engine fitted across the range is more fuel efficient than those in previous models and yields a peak power of 195kW. In addition the XR6 and G6E also come with the option of a turbo engine with a peak power of 270kW and up to 533nm of torque, comfortably making them the fastest cars in the FG Falcon range.
The Ford FG Falcon, which has become the first Australian-made car to earn a 5-star rating for safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) having passed a number of crash and impact tests, also comes equipped with an upgraded suspension that improves the car’s handling, up to 6 airbags and electronic stability control (ESC).
In addition to a more efficient engine, the running costs of the car are also in part lowered by a new 6-speed automatic gearbox, which helps the car to give gains in fuel economy in comparison to previous models. Across the range the consumption rate stands at 9.9 litres per 100km, representing an improvement of 5.7%, as well as yielding a drop in emissions.
Fuel consumption plays a major part in the running costs of a car, but there is also comprehensive car insurance to consider. The cost of car insurance can vary tremendously, with a number of contributing factors.
One of the main factors is the car itself. High speed and power, a poor safety rating and an inflated value can all contribute to insurers seeing a car as higher risk.
Another factor to take into account is the driver. Drivers with a history of accidents or who have previously filed claims will be considered to be more likely to claim again. Young males may find themselves paying higher premiums as statistics show that they are the group that are involved in the most accidents, while those living in areas with a high number of claims may experience the same.
Many insurance companies nowadays do their business online, and as such it is possible to obtain a car insurance quote from a number of websites.