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Poll: 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor has its work cut out to win over the power-hungry

Ford's tough new Ranger Raptor has some hard yards ahead of it, if our latest poll is anything to go by. Revealed earlier this month, the Raptor debuts as the new hero model in Ford's popular Ranger line-up, more than two years after we first spied an early prototype in local testing...

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2018 Ford EcoSport Titanium review
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2018 Ford EcoSport Titanium review

The odd-looking 2018 Ford EcoSport is definitely an improved package, but it's too much of a mixed bag to really compete with the leaders of the small SUV class.


Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition revealed, not for Oz
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Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition revealed, not for Oz

The Ford Focus RS Heritage Edition has been revealed for the UK market, sporting a power bump and a handful of unique features. Celebrating 50 years of the 'Rallye Sport' brand, the special Focus RS is limited to just 50 units and will only be sold in the UK, marking the final 50 units of the hot hatch before production ends on April 6...


2019 Ford Focus spied undisguised
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2019 Ford Focus spied undisguised

The next-generation Ford Focus has been spied during a promotional shoot in Portugal, ahead of a likely debut at the Geneva motor show next month. Posted on Hungarian website Vezess, the single image of the completely undisguised hatchback shows that Ford has totally overhauled the look of its popular hatch, appearing to draw heavy inspiration from competing cars in the process...


2018 Ford Mustang pricing and specs
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2018 Ford Mustang pricing and specs

Updated versions of Australia's top-selling sports car, the Ford Mustang, will be available in dealers from the middle of 2018. There are a number of substantial improvements for the MY18 Mustang. Its looks are being billed as more "athletic", it comes in more bold colours, gets more in-car technology and active safety systems, and comes with MagneRide adaptive dampers for the first time...


2018 Ford Mondeo Titanium TDCi review
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2018 Ford Mondeo Titanium TDCi review

If SUVs don't float your boat, wagons have evolved to a level that demands a second look. The Ford Mondeo Titanium could be a viable SUV alternative.


2018 Ford Ranger Raptor revealed
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2018 Ford Ranger Raptor revealed

The 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor has been revealed in Thailand, ahead of an Australian launch later this year. First things first: there's no Ecoboost V6 from the F-150, although the Raptor does get an all-new transmission and twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel. A 2...


VFACTS Flashbacks: January in history
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VFACTS Flashbacks: January in history

Every month, the latest VFACTS report sends CarAdvice into meltdown. Last month, the HiLux and Ranger maintained their spots atop the sales charts, continuing Australia's love affair with the dual-cab ute. But it wasn't always this way. Here's a look at VFACTS data from January 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013 for a better understanding of how the average Australian buyer's preferences have changed...


Ford Australia must improve Escape sales, sports variant an option
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Ford Australia must improve Escape sales, sports variant an option

Ford’s regional boss is sufficiently dissatisfied with the modest sales of its Escape SUV in Australia to go on the record about it, and says he is looking at adding “emotional derivatives” with performance or luxury bents to shake things up. The Escape is one of the world’s most popular crossovers, yet despite some sales growth in 2017 compared to the badly-named Kuga it replaced, managed just 3...


2018 Ford Ranger Raptor teased
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2018 Ford Ranger Raptor teased

Ford has teased the hotly-anticipated Ranger Raptor again, ahead of its full debut on February 7. As with previous teasers, there's no new information about what will power the high-riding Ranger. Instead, we've been treated to footage of the Ford tackling dusty trails, river crossings, rocky climbs and, as you might expect, jumps...


Trans-Pacific Partnership: Trade agreement opens door for cheaper imports
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Trans-Pacific Partnership: Trade agreement opens door for cheaper imports

Australia appears likely to sign a revised Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, ending the five per cent import duty imposed on cars from Mexico and Canada in the process. The agreement, dubbed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, has been revived after a backflip from Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland...


2016-17 Focus RS recall coming for 'white smoke' issue
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2016-17 Focus RS recall coming for 'white smoke' issue

Ford Australia has confirmed it will reach out to owners of the Focus RS hot hatch for an engine fault that could see vehicles expel white exhaust smoke and consume excessive amounts of coolant. The issue was first reported last month, after owners in the UK complained their vehicles were misfiring and smoking from the exhaust when the engine was cold...


Ford 'bemused' that Edge SUV nameplate off-limits in Australia
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Ford 'bemused' that Edge SUV nameplate off-limits in Australia

Ford’s regional boss says he felt “bemused” that Toyota wouldn’t allow it to use the Edge nameplate in Australia on its forthcoming large SUV — a decision that forced the Blue Oval into inventing the ‘Endura’ badge just for our market. The Ford Endura is on track to arrive in the fourth quarter of this year, where it’ll sit between the smaller Escape and the more off-road-focused Everest...


Ford goes 'all in', boosts electric car funding to $14 billion
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Ford goes 'all in', boosts electric car funding to $14 billion

Ford has confirmed it will more than double its investment in electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The company's previous plan to spend US$4.5 billion ($5.7 billion) on electrified vehicle development by 2020 will now be supplanted by a new goal of investing US$11 billion ($14 billion) by 2022...


2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 to rival Hellcat with over 520kW - UPDATED
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2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 to rival Hellcat with over 520kW - UPDATED

Updated: Ford Australia has confirmed the Mustang Shelby GT500 is a US-only model. Full quote at the bottom. The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has been teased at the 2018 Detroit motor show ahead of going on sale some time next year...


Ford F-150: Two new reasons RHD might happen next generation
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Ford F-150: Two new reasons RHD might happen next generation

Two key factors might make the return of a right-hand drive (RHD) Ford F-Series pickup economically feasible for the first time in years - opening the door for a hypothetical return to Australia. The more obvious of these is the recent addition of a diesel engine to what has long been the US market’s number one vehicle (more than 800,000 annual sales there)...


2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt revealed
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2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt revealed

The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt has gone official ahead of its debut at the 2018 Detroit motor show. Paying tribute to the 1968 Mustang that starred in the Bullitt film alongside Steve McQueen, the 2019 limited-edition Pony car packs several unique features, along with added performance from its 5...


2019 Ford Ranger revealed for North America
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2019 Ford Ranger revealed for North America

  Ford has revealed the North American Ranger, which will begin production in Michigan late this year to capitalise on massive demand for so-called ‘midsize trucks’ — a segment up in that region by 83 per cent since 2014. The Americanised version of Australia’s second top-selling vehicle — a vehicle which was designed and developed in Victoria for the world — is said to have been put through the same torture testing as its F-150 big brother...


Sacrilege or work of a genius? These guys are dropping a twin-turbo Ferrari V8 into a 1968 Ford Mustang
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Sacrilege or work of a genius? These guys are dropping a twin-turbo Ferrari V8 into a 1968 Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is an iconic representation of all that is ’Murica. More often than not, if there is an engine swap, it will be with some kind of big, angry, lumpy-idling V8 with more cubes than several modern family cars combined. However, the guys from American Legends had a different idea for their ’68 Mustang shell. A very different idea...


2019 Ford Edge ST revealed - UPDATE
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2019 Ford Edge ST revealed - UPDATE

Update: We've updated the image gallery with more high-resolution images This is the 2019 Ford Edge ST. We'll know the Edge as the Ford Endura, but while Oz gets a family-focused diesel powertrain, the American market's new hero model will be packing a powerful petrol engine tweaked by Ford Performance...