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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 27

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 will deliver a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

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Uber reveals driverless Ford Mondeo prototype
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Uber reveals driverless Ford Mondeo prototype

Ride-sharing giant Uber has just taken the wraps off its newest addition: a self-driving Ford Fusion, known here as the Mondeo. A product from Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the hybrid Ford Fusion will be testing its self-driving capabilities while also collecting mapping data...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 20
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for May 20

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk with Tegan Lawson. Each week we’ll bring you a video roundup of the stories that have been making headlines in both the automotive industry and Australia’s new-car market. What’s happened in the week ending May 20, 2016? Check out our video above, and see our links to the full stories below...


2016 Ford Transit 12-seat bus pricing and specifications
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2016 Ford Transit 12-seat bus pricing and specifications

The 2016 Ford Transit range has expanded in Australia this week with the addition of a 12-seater bus variant targeted at businesses, schools, sport clubs and government departments. Behind the three standard seats in the front, the new Ford Transit 410L LWD adds nine more seats in a 2-3-4 configuration over its regular mid-roofed van counterpart...


Class action filed over Ford PowerShift transmissions
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Class action filed over Ford PowerShift transmissions

A law firm has launched a class action lawsuit against Ford Australia, claiming that the car maker's PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmissions are unsafe. Although a specific number of owners involved with the class action is still to be confirmed, a spokesperson for the firm told CarAdvice today that around 70,000 examples of the 1...


Ford patents fake engine-noise tech... to save fuel
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Ford patents fake engine-noise tech... to save fuel

Ford has filed a patent for an artificial engine-noise system that makes it sound like there are more cylinders at work - not for “go fast” purposes, however, but to save fuel. According to the manufacturer, the new technology would improve fuel efficiency by encouraging the driver to shift gears lower in the rev range...


2017 Ford Focus rendered
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2017 Ford Focus rendered

A speculative rendering of the next-generation 2017 Ford Focus has appeared online this week, offering a look at one artist's view of how the new model may be styled. The current Focus made its debut in 2010, and while no official word has been given on the new model’s timing, an unveiling in the next year is likely...


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


Ten of the most bonkers concept cars
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Ten of the most bonkers concept cars

Concept cars are a law unto themselves, and the rules are: there are no rules. Motor shows are full of over-the-top, fantastical creations and, while some offer a glimpse into the future of personal transport, some are nothing but the physical manifestations of delusional designers and inventors...


Ford Falcon XR8 Sprint donated for Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund: Build 1/750 manual XR8 Sprint up for grabs
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Ford Falcon XR8 Sprint donated for Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund: Build 1/750 manual XR8 Sprint up for grabs

Ford Australia has donated the first production Falcon XR8 Sprint to the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund) to be auctioned for charity. Money raised from the vehicle auction will go toward the JDRF Artificial Pancreas Project, which aims to automate insulin pumps and help improve therapies and to provide a 'technological cure' for type 1 diabetes (T1D)...


CarAdvice Podcast episode 2: Sales figures, Hyundai N, Tesla and more
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CarAdvice Podcast episode 2: Sales figures, Hyundai N, Tesla and more

Welcome to episode 2 of the CarAdvice.com podcast! If you missed our very first episode last week, or you'd like to know more about the show, catch our earlier article here. We must also extend a big thanks to you all: the response to our first episode was just staggeringly positive, and you've already helped see the CarAdvice...


Extra-cab ute comparison: Ford Ranger v Mazda BT-50 v Nissan Navara v Toyota HiLux
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Extra-cab ute comparison: Ford Ranger v Mazda BT-50 v Nissan Navara v Toyota HiLux

So you don’t want a single-cab ute, and you can’t quite stretch to a dual-cab in terms of budget ... the extra-cab ute is the pick-up truck for you. This style of ute caters to the needs of buyers who want the flexibility of four seats, but tray space closer to that of a single-cab variant...


Ford creates mobile wind tunnel housed in shipping containers
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Ford creates mobile wind tunnel housed in shipping containers

Ford has created, what it claims to be, the world's first mobile aeroacoustic wind tunnel. To be clear, we're not talking about mobile in the same way we do with a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Not by a long shot. This new wind tunnel kit, which is awaiting patent certification, can be broken down and packed away within a day, and then trucked to any one of Ford's North American production facilities...


2016 Ford Focus RS to get Mountune upgrades, Australian potential unclear
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2016 Ford Focus RS to get Mountune upgrades, Australian potential unclear

British tuning firm Mountune has revealed details of a performance package designed for the upcoming 2016 Ford Focus RS. The company announced this week the first group of upgrades to be included in the eventual performance package that will make the hot hatch even hotter...


Ford outsells Holden for first time since 1999
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Ford outsells Holden for first time since 1999

The Australian car market went back to 1999 in April, with Ford Australia beating arch nemesis Holden for what appears to be the first time since ‘Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)’ topped the singles charts. According to VFACTS figures for last month, Ford nabbed 6842 sales, representing growth of 18.2 per cent. Holden fell 5.1 per cent to 6710 units...


Ford working on rival for Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3 after all
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Ford working on rival for Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3 after all

Contrary to comments made about three weeks ago at the conference in Detroit, it seems as though Ford is developing a long range, affordable electric vehicle to compete with the likes of the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3. Mark Fields, CEO of Ford, told The Detroit News and others earlier this week: "Our EVs come down to making sure we’re the best or among the leaders in those areas...


2016 Ford Mondeo Trend Review
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2016 Ford Mondeo Trend Review

The 2016 Ford Mondeo Trend is as middle-of-the-road as it comes, but does that make it good or bad? James Ward spends the week finding out.


Ford EcoBlue turbo-diesel engines revealed
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Ford EcoBlue turbo-diesel engines revealed

Ford has revealed its next generation of turbo-diesel engines, branded EcoBlue. The car maker says that the success of its EcoBoost petrol range has driven a number of innovations in the development of its new turbo-diesel design. Leading the new range will be a 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel that Ford says is cleaner, 10 to 15kg lighter and up to 13 per cent more efficient than the 2...


2016 Ford F-150 Special Service Vehicle joins US police fleet
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2016 Ford F-150 Special Service Vehicle joins US police fleet

Ford has unveiled the latest addition to its range of vehicles on offer to the US police force, in the form of the F-150 Special Service Vehicle package. As well as being on offer to law enforcement, other Government and fleet agencies that require “the toughest, smartest, most capable vehicles for their work”, will also be able to get their hands on the big specialised F-150...


2017 Ford Focus 'ST270' or 'ST280' spied
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2017 Ford Focus 'ST270' or 'ST280' spied

A hotter, faster version of the Ford Focus ST has been spied on its way to or from the Nurburgring in Germany. From an earlier set of spy photos we know that Ford's engineers are already busy preparing the next-generation Focus, which will likely make its global debut some time next year...