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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 31, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

Ford Kuga 1.6 finally recalled over engine fires, Fiesta ST also affected

Ford Australia has finally issued a recall on 1.6-litre petrol Kuga SUVs of a certain age over a serious overheating risk, weeks after its South Africa division did the same in response to a spate of sudden engine fires in that market. Today’s recall notice, now lodged with the ACCC, comes after repeated questioning over when it would take this course of action...

Ford Kuga recall still not confirmed, despite numerous reports of engine fires

Ford Australia has still not committed to recalling Kuga 1.6 models — unlike in South Africa, where it has done so — despite several engine fires being reported locally. Instead, Ford Australia says it is still speaking with affected owners (several of whom we have referred to higher levels of the company) and "investigating" whether it needs to call-in all Kugas with this engine for a fix...

No Ford Kuga recall in Australia for now

Ford Australia says it is investigating a fire that destroyed a Kuga 1.6 compact SUV in Queensland last week, but has not yet issued a wider vehicle recall. Ford’s South African division last week announced a recall action on about 4500 Kugas after numerous reports of spontaneous fires starting in the engine bay, speculated to be a result of poor coolant circulation...

Facelift fails: The worst styling updates of 2016

When brands update their cars, sometimes the stylists get it wrong. Facelifted models are supposed to add some flair to an existing model - to bring it up to speed with its competitors, or harden up some edges that may been looking a little limp on the original model. They can be massive, major overhauls, or nips and tucks and tweaks to minor aspects of the car's design...

2017 Ford Escape pricing and specs: $28,490 SUV to replace Kuga in Australia

2017 Ford Escape announced for Australia with $28,490 starting price New front-wheel-drive, 1.5-litre Trend model Reduced pricing on most models The Ford Kuga is dead, long live the 2017 Ford Escape, says the company's Australian arm. Keen watchers will know, of course, that the Escape is the SUV currently sold in Australia and Europe as the Kuga...

2017 Ford Kuga facelift due in Australia early next year

The newly facelifted 2017 Ford Kuga will make its way to Australia a year after it was first revealed, the car maker has confirmed this week. The new-look Kuga was unveiled in February this year for an official premiere a month later at the Geneva motor show, before a lower-impact equipment update was rolled out to the Australian market in May...

Seven cars Australians should buy more of: 2016 mid-year report

You may have seen our hugely popular list of cars that Aussies should be buying, but aren’t. And while it hasn’t done anything to improve the fortunes of the Peugeot 308 – despite our vehement insistence that it is one of the cars that should get small car purchasers through the door – the response was excellent...

Ford Australia partners up on car-sharing and free airport parking

Ford owners in Australia now have an advantage when it comes to saving money on airport parking,  thanks to a newly announced partnership with car-sharing service Carhood. Carhood currently operates in Melbourne and Brisbane, and has just launched in Sydney, offering a potentially lucrative solution for car owners that includes renting out your car while you're abroad...

Ford Kuga Vignale special joins European line-up

Ford’s European arm has confirmed a premium Kuga Vignale variant based on the concept car that appeared at the Geneva motor show earlier this year. While not confirmed for Australia, the new Ford Kuga Vignale is scheduled to go on sale in Europe later this year, joining the Mondeo Vignale, Edge Vignale and S-Max Vignale in Ford’s luxury sub-brand range...

2016 Ford Kuga: Australian update adds Sync 2, larger screen at entry level

The 2016 Ford Kuga has been given another update for Australia and, while it’s not the recently revealed styling and technology update, buyers at the entry level may be pleased - depending on their priorities, and how soon they buy. When the Kuga was last updated for Australia, in November last year, the company added its newer Sync 2 infotainment system and a larger 8...