Similarly, utes like the Chevrolet El Camino and Ford Ranchero were once familiar to North American car buyers, those who wanted their cars to have a pickup truck’s bed.
But in 2016, down under, the Falcon nameplate and the El Camino’s bodystyle live on together as the Falcon XR6 Turbo Ute.
Australia is in so many ways a whole ‘nuther world. Like Canada, the landscape is massive and not at all filled. Unlike Canada, Australia isn’t cold.
Like the United States, Australians are really good swimmers when it comes time for the Olympics. Unlike Americans, Australians are worried about running into kangaroos on the highway.
Like Britons, Aussies love the idea of the gap year. Unlike Britons, Aussies like driving pickup trucks.
Eventually, the similarities with other locales ends. And nowhere is that more evident than with the continued cultish love affair between Aussies and their utes. The Ford Falcon XR6 Ute won’t last forever – this isn’t exactly the most popular vehicle in Australia. (Australia’s top seller? The Toyota Corolla.)
Unique-to-Australia products are increasingly rare and increasingly costly to build. Versions with 362 horsepower and 393 lb-ft of torque from a 4.0L turbocharged inline-six aren’t particularly inexpensive to buy, as well. The Falcon XR6 Turbo Ute – with a manual transmission, yes, a manual is standard – costs more than AUD $42,000, or about the same as a Focus ST.
Nevertheless, the 2016 Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo is still there for the Aussies who want one. You, on the other hand, you poor non-island-continent-dweller you, may not have one. Thus, the Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo is the third vehicle in GCBC’s Car Of The Day You Can’t Have series.
Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.