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by Tim Beissmann

Ford Australia has posted a lighthearted yet provocative video of the new Ford Falcon EcoLPi that should spark a few Friday afternoon office arguments.

It’s called the ‘Ford Falcon LPi $2 Grand Prix’, and it pits a Ford Falcon XR6 EcoLPi (4.0-litre straight-six LPG) against a Toyota Corolla Ascent hatch (1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol) and a Holden Commodore SV6 (3.6-litre V6 petrol).

There are three challenges in the $2 Grand Prix, all obviously designed to play to the Falcon’s strong points: a 100m sprint, a boot capacity test, and an endurance test.

The three challenges are clearly designed to dismiss stereotypes of LPG-powered vehicles, by showing the Falcon XR6 EcoLPi is the quickest over 100m, has the largest boot (when fitted with the Temporary Mobility Kit, rather than a spare tyre), and can drive the furthest distance on just $2 of fuel, while also proving that it can outperform its top-selling rivals in a series of specific tests.

For the endurance test, the Commodore and Corolla were filled with 1.49 litres of unleaded petrol at $1.34/litre, while the Falcon got 3.17 litres of LPG at $0.63/litre.

In the fine print, it explains the Commodore covered 14.7km before running out of juice, the Corolla 20.2km and the Falcon 25.2km.

Ford V8 Supercar racer Mark Winterbottom probably sums up what we’re all thinking towards the end of the clip when he says, “there’s no surprise really”, before being interrupted by the over-enthusiastic host.

Of course, the video fails to mention the Falcon XR6 EcoLPi is the most expensive – $46,490 before on-road costs – compared with the Commodore SV6 ($43,790) and the Corolla Ascent ($23,740).

What do you think of the clip? Clever by Ford, or a little bit sneaky? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.




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