FORD PUMA ST-LINE V

Electric vehicles have a fair way to go before they become realistic in the greater automotive world. In the meantime, the internal combustion engine is fighting a rearguard action in the battle to remain relevant. With steep pricing and limited range holding back the bright sparks of the planet-saving private car world, one such petrol-powered protagonist is the Ford Puma, a compact sports utility vehicle boasting a combined urban / highway fuel consumption of 5.3 litres per 100 kilometres, which puts almost 800 km of driving from its 42-litre fuel… Read more

FORD GT40

Early in the 1960s, Ford of Detroit committed themselves to an all-out campaign to achieve supremacy in motor sport. It was conceived as Ford’s ‘total performance’ marketing package in which the youth market had been identified as the fastest growing sector of demand. The object was to beat the rest of the world, Ferrari in particular, at Le Mans. Initially they tried, unsuccessfully as it turned out, to take over the Ferrari business. After this foundered, in 1963, they started a sports racing project of their own. The AC Cobra,… Read more

BUSH RANGER IN THE SHADOW OF SOARING RAPTOR

Is there no end to the ute-noir genre, the phenomenon by which a tradie workhorse throws off its workaday trappings to be fashioned into a uber-assertive show pony with attitude – and an often eye-watering price tag? Ford, flush with success of its Ranger dual cab pick-up, says it channeled the Raptor to produce the FX4 MAX, a more rugged off-road team-mate to its performance flagship. Unique to the FX4 MAX are a dedicated off-road suspension with FOX shocks, 32-inch all-terrain tyres and all-weather interior incorporating switch array and new… Read more

FORD TO REVEAL NEW RANGER BY LIVE STREAM

Ford Australia will reveal the next-generation Ford Ranger pickup on November 24, streaming live at Facebook and YouTube. We are told that Ford has reimagined, redesigned and reengineered the Ranger to be the smartest, most versatile and most capable Ranger ever for customers in more than 180 markets around the world. Ford conducted more than 5,000 interviews and worked with hundreds of pick-up owners, in dozens of workshops across the globe to find out how owners used their vehicles, what they liked, what they wished it had and what experiences… Read more

FORD FOCUS ST UPDATED FOR 2022

Ford has provided us with more details of the updated Focus ST, developed by Ford Performance. It has been facelifted body and there are new alloy wheel designs. It has what Ford Oz says is a, “head-turning Mean Green paint option”. Inside are in-house developed Performance Seats. The updated Focus ST introduces Ford’s next-generation SYNC 4 technology. It has embedded connected navigation and connected voice control with natural language understanding. It has a 13.2-inch landscape centre screen. Driver assistance technologies fitted to the Focus ST for the first time include… Read more

FORD UPDATES ITS FIESTA ST SPORTING HATCH

Ford Fiesta ST has fresh styling with an expanded range of exterior colours, and an enhanced technology package. LED headlights have advanced Matrix LED technology available. This gives glare-free high beam which can also adapt headlight beam patterns for better visibility in changing conditions. The Fiesta ST now has a 12.3-inch digital instrument display. Local Hazard Information makes its Fiesta debut among a suite of sophisticated driver assistance technologies. New exterior styling in Fiesta ST includes a bonnet design that increases the height of the nose, combined with larger upper… Read more

FORD RANGER RAPTOR

The 2021 Ford Ranger Raptor X has major styling changes including over the top stripes running along the bonnet, roof and tailgate as well as side stripes. The grille, door handles, rear bumper cover, tailgate handle, fender vent and foglight bezel will be given a new matte black finish. While the wheels remain the same, they have been given an Asphalt Black matte finish. Its Ford Performance interior features a new accent package with red contrast stitching on the steering wheel and dash replacing the original blue stitching, while Hydrographic… Read more

ARB AND FORD ARE JOINING FORCES

ARB and Ford are joining forces in a collaboration to sell selected off-road accessories as Ford Licensed Accessories through participating Ford dealers in Australia, from a date yet to be announced other than that it will be in the second half of 2021. Ford Ranger and Everest customers will be able to fit-out their vehicles with a range of ARB 4×4 Accessories that will be fully backed by Ford Australia’s New Vehicle Warranty of up to five years / unlimited kilometres. The full range of accessories to be made available… Read more

NEW AND ENHANCED FORD RANGERS

Ford Australia has introduced new and enhanced Ranger models. Perhaps the most important are improved standard safety features. That’s the good news, the bad news is that they won’t all be in showrooms until late June or sometime in July. FORD RANGER 4X2 XL SPORT:Based on the Ranger 4×2 XL Double Cab, the 4×2 XL SPORT has styling cues from the XLS SPORT and more than $4,500 worth of extra features compared with standard XL. It features black accent styling, a new black rear bumper and ‘SPORT’ decal on the… Read more

LIMITED-RUN FORD FOCUS ST-3

Ford Australia has added a premium flagship to the Focus ST range, the limited-run Focus ST-3. It’s available as a single, range-topping model limited to 200 units. The Focus ST-3 has a panoramic sunroof, heated and electrically adjustable front Recaro sports seats with lumbar support, B&O Play 10-speaker sound system with sub-woofer, and head-up display. It has a high-performance, all-alloy 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine which produces 206kW at 5,500 rpm and 420Nm of torque from 3,000 to 4,000 rpm. It sits on 19-inch machined alloy wheels fitted with 235/35 Pirelli… Read more