Ford Falcon, Suzuki Kizashi, Honda Accord Euro, Audi A4 video reviews

CarAdvice today brings you another round of expert video reviews, with the latest offerings including vehicles from the medium and large car segments.

First cab off the rank is the Ford Falcon, a vehicle that needs no introduction to Australian automotive fans. A proven performer, it is priced from $40,290 for the base model XT to $58,990 for the G6E Turbo.

Sales of the Falcon slipped to 29,516 units last year in a declining large car segment. January sales were also the lowest on record, due to availability issues with certain models and reduced activity among business buyers.

Ford Australia expects the numbers to progressively improve throughout 2011 with the introduction of the all-new liquid phase injection LPG system around the middle of the year, the EcoBoost four-cylinder engine in the fourth quarter and a facelift sometime in the second half of the year.

Stepping down a size is the Honda Accord Euro, which is priced from $33,990 to $41,690.

The Accord Euro is Honda’s third-best-selling model in Australia, behind the Civic and the Jazz. The Euro outsold the larger, standard Accord by 1000 vehicles in 2010. In the highly competitive medium car segment, the Euro commands an 8.4 percent market share, trailing the Toyota Camry, Mazda6 and Subaru Liberty.

Battling the Accord Euro in the medium segment is the Suzuki Kizashi, which was launched in Australia in May last year. Last week, Suzuki Australia announced a number of revisions to the local range, making seven airbags standard, among other things.

Suzuki sold 1448 Kizashi vehicles in Australia in eight months in 2010. Kizashi prices range from $28,490 for the Kizashi manual to $39,990 for the Sport AWD.

Finally we have the Audi A4, a premium vehicle in the medium class. A4 prices in Australia range from $52,100 for the entry-level 1.8T to $119,900 for the 245kW S4 variant.

The A4 has established itself as a serious player in the premium medium segment, although in 2010 it lost ground on both the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the BMW 3 Series.

In total, Audi Australia sold 3433 A4s, representing a 16.8 percent market share (down from 19.7 percent in 2009).

Remember to check back in on Friday when CarAdvice uploads another five expert video reviews of vehicles from the SUV, wagon and ute categories.

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