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Ford Ranger could be built and sold in the US - reports

Rumours are building that the Australian-designed Ford Ranger could be built and sold in America. Numerous US publications are reporting that Ford Motor Company is in discussions with the United Automobile Workers (UAW) about bringing the mid-sized pick-up back to the US market, quoting sources with knowledge of the talks...

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Ford patents autonomous vehicle interior with reconfigurable seats
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Ford patents autonomous vehicle interior with reconfigurable seats

Ford Motor Company has received a patent for a futuristic vehicle interior concept dubbed “autonomous vehicle with reconfigurable seats”. The US manufacturer’s patent includes plans for front seats that can rotate 180 degrees to face back-seat passengers while the car is operating in autonomous driving mode...


Ford Everest will compete with Toyota Prado, not Fortuner, local chief claims
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Ford Everest will compete with Toyota Prado, not Fortuner, local chief claims

A pick-up truck (or ute) that has been turned into an SUV – it’s not a new idea in the automotive world. Indeed, the Mitsubishi Challenger, Isuzu MU-X, Holden Colorado 7 and that category's newest arrival – the Toyota Fortuner – are all based on their respective ute siblings (Triton, D-Max, Colorado and HiLux)...


Australia doesn’t love utes – it loves pick-up trucks
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Australia doesn’t love utes – it loves pick-up trucks

I call a ute a ute. I don’t call it a pick-up. I don’t call it a truck (although I like the macho nature of the word truck). It’s clear, however, that the word 'ute' is being phased out of car company marketing chit-chat, and it could well be that buyers are following the same path...


Ford Australia stands by optional safety stance for Ranger
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Ford Australia stands by optional safety stance for Ranger

The new 2016 Ford Ranger PX Series II model has arrived, and only one model in the range gets a reverse-view camera as standard. The 2016 Ford Ranger Wildtrak gets the potentially-life saving safety technology as standard, and buyers can option it in the XLT model (which starts from $46,690 plus on-road costs), but no other models have a camera fitted or even available as a factory-fitted option...


2018 Ford Mustang facelift may sport 10-speed auto - report
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2018 Ford Mustang facelift may sport 10-speed auto - report

A report claims that the Ford Mustang is due for a facelift in 2017, with a 10-speed automatic a possibility for the revised car. According to Automotive News, a facelift for the Ford Mustang coupe and convertible is due in time for the 2018 model year, which in the US typically means a debut during the 2017 calendar year...


2016 Ford Ranger Review
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2016 Ford Ranger Review

The 2016 Ford Ranger has arrived, and there's plenty to like about it.


Ford Australia boss says new Toyota HiLux pricing is “not a concern”
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Ford Australia boss says new Toyota HiLux pricing is “not a concern”

The boss of Ford Australia has defended the increased pricing of the 2016 Ford Ranger PX Series II model, claiming he is not concerned about whether the all-new Toyota HiLux will be cheaper or not. Ford Australia president and CEO, Graeme Whickman, made the statement at the launch of the 2016 Ford Ranger in Victoria this week, where it was brought to his attention that numerous ute brands – including Toyota – had been offering discounted driveaway deals that Ford hadn’t been able to match...


2016 Ford Ranger launches : "Illogical" not to expect sales growth, Blue Oval says
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2016 Ford Ranger launches : "Illogical" not to expect sales growth, Blue Oval says

After a long build-up, the largely Australian-engineered and designed 2016 Ford Ranger light commercial line-up launches in Australia this week, and its maker is confident of even greater sales.  The mid-life updated Ford Ranger load-lugger is tasked with keeping the Blue Oval near the top of the light commercial sales charts, and arms Ford against the imminent all-new Toyota HiLux due to launch at the end of September...


Ford Fusion/Mondeo facelift revealed in corporate presentation
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Ford Fusion/Mondeo facelift revealed in corporate presentation

The first facelift for the current Ford Fusion sedan, and possibly its Mondeo siblings, has been published online. An anonymous Autoblog reader pointed out a slide pack that's available on Ford's corporate website and which was originally part of a presentation given by the company at the JP Morgan Auto Conference this month in New York City...


2015 Ford Mustang to debut new type of passenger knee bag
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2015 Ford Mustang to debut new type of passenger knee bag

When the Ford Mustang is launched locally later this year it will be the first vehicle available with a passenger knee bag that's integrated into the glove box lid. This compares to current designs that are built into the instrument panel. Ford says that the new knee bag will give the front seat passenger more leg room...


Australian-developed Ford Ranger to pioneer Nigerian production
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Australian-developed Ford Ranger to pioneer Nigerian production

African vehicle production is not something we’d normally cover, but every rule has an exception. The Australian-designed and -engineered T6 Ford Ranger, now sold in between 150-180 countries (a significant majority of the globe, oddly enough not including the world's biggest pick-up market, the US) will be the Blue Oval brand's first car made within Africa’s largest economy: Nigeria...


Ford edges closer to post-Territory plans, two options to be explored
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Ford edges closer to post-Territory plans, two options to be explored

Decision time is edging closer for Ford Australia, as it seeks to finalise its plan of attack for the massive family SUV market post the demise of the locally-made Territory in October 2016. Various options are being courted to supplement the rugged new Australian-designed Everest (see our recent review of that car here), in order to form a two-pronged large SUV attack...


Ford Mustang needs Aussie rivals, says brand
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Ford Mustang needs Aussie rivals, says brand

Car-makers would generally kill to have a vehicle niche all to themselves, but in the case of Ford Australia and its new Mustang muscle car, the company is actually keen to find rival offerings to create competition — perhaps, say, a 'Holden' Camaro. The eagerly awaited ‘global’ 2015 Ford Mustang coupe and convertible touch down in showrooms from the end of 2015 (read all the details about the sharp pricing here)...


Ford Everest development project as substantial as Ranger, says company
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Ford Everest development project as substantial as Ranger, says company

Don’t think of the Australian-engineered and designed Ford Everest as just a Ranger ute with an SUV body —  it’s a whole lot more complicated than that, says Ford Asia Pacific’s vice-president of product development Trevor Worthington. See, Ford’s new large off-roader with the evocative name might share its rugged ‘T6’ architecture with the Ford Ranger ute, as well as its 3...


Ford Everest Review
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Ford Everest Review

The Ford Everest off-roader is another jewel in the crown of the company’s Australian R&D team, but is the price right?


Ford Ranger bull-bar recalled for faulty bolts
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Ford Ranger bull-bar recalled for faulty bolts

Ford Australia has announced a recall on the steel bull-bar available with the outgoing ‘PX’ Ranger utes, ahead of the coming debut for its newly updated 2016 PX MkII line-up. More to the point, the recall is specific to the mounting bolts of the Ford Genuine Accessory steel bull-bar, which joined an existing alloy bar on the Ranger’s Genuine Accessories options list early in 2014...


2015 Ford Fiesta ST Review: Sandown Raceway weekender
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2015 Ford Fiesta ST Review: Sandown Raceway weekender

Dave returns to Sandown Raceway for another weekend warrior track test, but this time in the most affordable car yet...


Ford Mustang Apollo Edition unveiled
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Ford Mustang Apollo Edition unveiled

A one-off Ford Mustang Apollo Edition model has been created for charity, with more power and a unique exterior that recalls the glory days of manned space exploration. Based on the V8 Mustang GT, there's a 4.9-litre V8 under the bonnet. Strapped to the V8 is a supercharger, which ups power to 468kW and torque to 732Nm, an impressive jump over the stock motor's 303kW and 525Nm...


Ford Transit Custom v Renault Trafic: Medium van comparison
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Ford Transit Custom v Renault Trafic: Medium van comparison

It’s the battle of the European mid-sized vans – both are white, both are diesel, both are manual and both are just under $40,000. They are the all-new Renault Trafic and the Ford Transit Custom, the latter of which won our mid-sized van comparison test in 2014. The old Trafic was impressive in that test, and ranked second even though that model was considerably more, shall we say, vintage than its rivals...