While our spy photographer takes a well earned break, a sharp eyed reader has spotted a high-grade Orion testing on the roads in Victoria. While two other readers have contributed video footage of Orions undergoing testing.

2008 Ford Falcon Orion Spied

The vehicle spotted appears to be a Fairmont Ghia sedan, featuring several new features that are hoped to set the Falcon aside from the rest. The following pictures detail a general view of the car with an exceptionally loose car bra. Not only was the car bra slipping upward - blocking the number plate - it also revealed the contour of the edge of the front bumper bar.

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2008 Ford Falcon Orion Spied

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The rear car bra was also slipping significantly, revealing an overt amount of the rear light cluster along with mild embossing of the boot lid. The vehicle spotted seems to be fitted with a lip boot-lid spoiler, indicating that the new Fairmont Ghia may be far more sports oriented than the previous generation.

2008 Ford Falcon Orion Spied

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2008 Ford Falcon Orion Spied

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The following photo of one of the uncovered wing mirrors reveals that side indicators will be used in the 2008 Ford Falcon. Whether they will appear only on upper models is a question yet to be answered. Considering every vehicle photographed so far has had covers on the wing mirrors, it wouldn't be a surprise if all vehicles featured indicators in the wing mirrors.

Generally, when indicators are fitted to the wing mirrors, side repeaters on the body become redundant. Our theory is that all cars that have been road registered, have had side repeaters fitted to comply with registration requirements, in a bid to keep the wing mirror identity secret. One point that generally affirms that is the different shapes used as repeaters. Earlier a triangle shape was used and on this vehicle pictured above, oval shaped repeaters have been used.

2008 Ford Falcon Orion Spied

It can now also be confirmed that upper models - such as the Fairmont Ghia (or its new named replacement) - will feature an auto-dimming rear vision mirror. Although it's not revolutionary technology, it's about time Ford implemented it.

2008 Ford Falcon Orion Spied

The driver of the Orion prototype also saw fit to hail our reader with the two finger salute...concentrating entirely on the road.

2008 Ford Falcon Orion Spied

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The two videos shown below include a blue XR8 and what is believed to be an FPV Typhoon.

Blue Ford XR8 Testing

FPV Typhoon, grappling for grip