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...

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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...


Shelby GT350R Mustang: Australia’s Carbon Revolution revealed as wheel supplier
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Shelby GT350R Mustang: Australia’s Carbon Revolution revealed as wheel supplier

The Australian startup that rocketed onto the world stage with a set of ultra-light (and ultra-expensive) carbon-fibre wheels has made headlines again. This week, Ford has confirmed that the carbon-fibre wheels of its new Shelby Mustang GT350R are supplied by Carbon Revolution, which is based in the Victorian city of Geelong - familiar territory for the Ford Motor Company...


2016 Ford Focus pricing and specifications
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2016 Ford Focus pricing and specifications

The 2016 Ford Focus hatch and sedan range will arrive in Australia — at last — in October this year, and the company appears to be making a bold move upmarket. Unlike the current (non-ST) Ford Focus range, available in four specification levels with three engine choices, the MY16 range will come with three specification options and just one choice of engine — a 1...


Ford Fiesta ST v Volkswagen Polo GTI : Comparison Review
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Ford Fiesta ST v Volkswagen Polo GTI : Comparison Review

Rarely has Volkswagen’s iconic GTI badge been so humbled as it was in November 2013 when we last put the go-fast Polo in the ring with the Ford Fiesta ST. The big-name fighter with all the pomp and pedigree was made to look overpriced, under-equipped and lacking fun factor compared with the featherweight upstart that so resoundingly reminded us that simplicity and greatness are not mutually exclusive...


Ford EcoSport tweaked for Europe, Australian launch unclear
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Ford EcoSport tweaked for Europe, Australian launch unclear

   The “significantly enhanced” 2016 Ford EcoSport has launched in Europe, sporting an array of tweaks that should help it better compete with small SUV class leaders. The re-jigged, Indian-made Fiesta-based Ford EcoSport crossover gets styling tweaks including the optional deletion of the old-school tailgate-mounted spare wheel in favour of a tyre repair kit...


Ford Focus ST v Holden Astra VXR: Comparison Review
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Ford Focus ST v Holden Astra VXR: Comparison Review

Ford versus Holden, the definitive Australian automotive rivalry, seen here but not as we know it. There's not a V8 engine, a sedan body or a rear-wheel-drive configuration in sight. Instead, we have a pair of hot hatches, both (re)launched inside the past few months, that go about doing broadly the same thing as each other in notably different ways...


Ford Transit Custom M-Sport van mimics Fiesta rally car
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Ford Transit Custom M-Sport van mimics Fiesta rally car

M-Sport, the company behind Ford's WRC (World Rally Championship) cars, has come up with a special version of the Ford Transit inspired by its Fiesta RS WRC racer. The motorsports outfit has collaborated with Van Sport, another UK firm, to come up with the special edition Transit in time for the van's 50th anniversary...


2015 Ford Ranger MkII pricing announced
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2015 Ford Ranger MkII pricing announced

The 2015 Ford Ranger PX MkII line-up due to launch in a few months time will command price increases almost entirely across the board. Revised pricing for Ford’s 37-strong Ranger line-up (factoring in different engines, transmissions and body styles) sees the 11-model 4x2 line-up increasing by between $1400 and $3650...


Young drivers fear other road users more than death or spiders
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Young drivers fear other road users more than death or spiders

Millennials and Generation Z people are more afraid of other motorists driving dangerously than they are of public speaking, spiders, snakes and — bizarrely — even death, according to new research out of the US by independent research company Penn Schoen Berland...


Ford Ranger v Toyota HiLux: Australia's definitive new motoring battle
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Ford Ranger v Toyota HiLux: Australia's definitive new motoring battle

I was thinking about the great Australian automotive rivalries this week. Falcon v Commodore. STi v Evo. Ferrari v Lamborghini. Specifically, in an era defined by economical small cars and practical SUVs — the latter of which are hardly exemplars of sex appeal — is there room for great Aussie ‘blue corner, red corner’ battlegrounds in our automative landscape? Think, for instance, of the great multi-generational death match between two Australian-made, hyper-inflated, sedan-bodied testosterone boosters with V8 engines delivering grunt to the rear wheels...


Ford Everest pricing and specifications: $76,990 price tag for flagship Titanium
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Ford Everest pricing and specifications: $76,990 price tag for flagship Titanium

The flagship Ford Everest Titanium will cost from $76,990 plus on-road costs when it goes on sale in Australia in October. The Titanium heads a three-tier range for the Australian-designed and -developed Ford Everest, which has its sights set on stealing sales from the popular Toyota Prado. The Titanium is joined by the entry-grade Everest at $54,990 and the mid-spec Trend at $60,990...


Ford begins online sales of 3D printable versions of its cars
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Ford begins online sales of 3D printable versions of its cars

Ford has begun selling 3D printable versions of some of its vehicles via its website. This week, the company starting retailing STL format CAD (computer-aided design) files and pre-printed 3D models via its new 3d.ford.com website. If you go down the do-it-yourself route, the STL files can be used with any compatible 3D printer (home or commercial)...


Ford GT will enter 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans race
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Ford GT will enter 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans race

The Blue Oval will make a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a version of the new Ford GT supercar. Overnight, just ahead of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, which is being run this weekend, Ford announced the news that many had expected after the next-generation GT was unveiled to both surprise and acclaim at this year's Detroit motor show...


2015 Ford Ranger Australian specifications
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2015 Ford Ranger Australian specifications

The 2015 Ford Ranger line-up has been detailed — sans pricing — ahead of its Australian premiere in a few months time. Headlining the revised, 24-model-strong PX Ford Ranger MkII line-up are a suite of cabin upgrades, some stylistic tweaks, and the addition (to some versions) of advanced driver assist technologies reminiscent of the average luxury car...


2015 Ford Ranger Wildtrak revealed
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2015 Ford Ranger Wildtrak revealed

The flagship 2015 Ford Ranger Wildtrak made its world premiere in Thailand today, bringing new levels of driver assist technologies to the ute market, wrapped in trademark aggressive styling additions. The updated Wildtrak premieres a few months after the rest of the mid-life updated Ford Ranger line-up, but will arrive on Australian shores at the same time — in the third quarter of 2015...


Ford Sync 3 set to roll out in Australia in 2017
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Ford Sync 3 set to roll out in Australia in 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhjZf0i6qaU Ford has announced its new-generation Sync 3 infotainment system will debut on the 2016 Ford Fiesta, 2016 Ford Escape  and 2016 Ford Transit in the US. The new Ford Sync 3 system is a complete overhaul of the systems that have gone before it. Superficially, Sync 3 features a altered colour palette, with larger and more clearly defined buttons...


Ford opens up its EV patent library
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Ford opens up its EV patent library

Ford has opened up its library of electrified vehicle patents to all and sundry, but those interested in using its technology will need to pay a fee. The company says that it has 650 patents related to electric vehicles and around 1000 EV patents pending approval. According to Ford, in 2014 around 20 percent of its 2000 patent applications were related to electrified vehicle technology...


Ford Australia posts $190.7 million loss in 2014
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Ford Australia posts $190.7 million loss in 2014

Ford Australia has recorded a $190.7 million loss for 2014 on the back of sliding sales and continued costs associated with the impending closure of its production facilities. The negative financial result is the fourth consecutive loss for Ford Australia, leaving the company approximately $890 million in the red since 2010...