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Ford Falcon EB

The competition between car manufacturers to capture the Australian consumer heated up in the early 90’s with the tight tussle between Holden and Ford running neck-for-neck.  Besides the competition between the big two Australian manufacturers the inclusion of the Mitsubishi Magna TR, customers were ultimately the big winners with models coming out with all the extras, standard.

Ford released the EB in July 1991 during the height of the competition.  Consumers received many extras as Ford strived to revive its damaged reputation.   Even the base GLi model came with many extras standard including: four speaker electronic-tune radio/cassette, central locking front doors, electrically adjustable external mirrors, height and lumbar support adjustments on driver's seat, split folding rear seat, remote boot release and "belt lockers" on the front seat belts to name just a few.

At the time the EB Falcon was considered a perfect family car with plenty of cabin space for five people and it was one of the best cars on the market for both driver and passenger leg room. Unfortunately the size of the vehicle doesn’t pay well for its fuel efficiency. 

The EB was also the first model for Ford that brought ABS to the market.  It was a good move with critics claiming the new ABS gave drivers back control in most road conditions.

The look of the vehicle didn’t change with the new model as Ford had already developed a radically new body in the EA series, but instead they focused on continuing to improve on the shortfalls of the Falcon released in 1988.   

During this competitive period Ford released its EB series, to replace the poorly perceived EA series.  Ford had to work hard to restore its reputation in the marketplace, so the new series came with many upgrades to fix the ongoing problems with the previous model.

For many the release of the EB heralded the return of the V8 in the form of the XR8 the performance model that still dominates today.  The new V8 had plenty of power with 165kW of power from a Mustang 5.0 litre ‘Windsor’.  The standard engine also received an upgrade with the new 4.0 litre engine giving almost seven per cent more power (up to 148 kW) than the EA.

Handling was also improved in the EB series with new suspension giving drivers a greater sense of control on all road conditions. The front suspension had a new coil spring and long spindle system, while in the rear was a live axle, with a self-levelling rear suspension on some models.

The new motor fixed much of the reliability problems that hung over the head of the EA.  In fact the series II, released in April 1992, was considered one of the best Falcons to ever be released onto Australian roads.

Models in the EB range was the Falcon GL as the base model and the Falcon S, also the upmarket Fairmont, and Fairmont Ghia.  The high performance models were the Falcon S-XR6 and the V8 powered Falcon S-XR8.

Ford Australia produced over 120,000 units in the series before it was replaced by the ED in 1993.