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Ford Australia to turn around decade of spiralling sales soon, says region boss

The boss of Ford Asia Pacific says the company is on the verge of turning around a decade of spiralling sales in Australia. Ford’s Australian sales have declined every year since peaking at 135,172 in 2004. They dropped to 87,236 last year and are down a further 6...

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Ford Mustang turned into 540kW Rocket by Galpin Auto Sports
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Ford Mustang turned into 540kW Rocket by Galpin Auto Sports

Californian Ford tuner Galpin Auto Sports and leading automotive designer Henrik Fisker have joined forced to create what they have labelled “the ultimate American muscle car” – a carbonfibre-bodied super-Mustang called the Rocket. The Galpin Rocket’s design takes inspiration from specialty pony cars of the 1960s and 1970s, including the 1968 Shelby GT500...


2016 Ford Explorer : New look, new technology for updated large SUV
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2016 Ford Explorer : New look, new technology for updated large SUV

The 2016 Ford Explorer has made a big statement at the Los Angeles auto show, introducing a tough new exterior, loads of technology, a new four-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine, and a new luxury flagship variant. The Explorer becomes the third large seven-seat SUV premiered by Ford in less than a week, following the Ranger-based Everest and the three-row Edge that both bowed in China...


Seven-seat Ford Edge unveiled in China
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Seven-seat Ford Edge unveiled in China

A seven-seat version of the Ford Edge SUV has been revealed at an event in Guangzhou, China. With a full launch set down for 2015, Ford is keeping back many details about the new seven-seat Edge, including just how much bigger overall the three-row Edge is than the regular five-seat version. From the images it appears as though all the major changes occur aft of the rear axle...


All-new Ford Mondeo aimed at top-selling Toyota Camry
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All-new Ford Mondeo aimed at top-selling Toyota Camry

The overdue new-generation Ford Mondeo mid-sizer is due in early 2015, and the company has used the lead up to the launch to take a few cheeky swipes at the rival Australian-made Toyota Camry.  Ford today confirmed its Mondeo will come in a six-model line-up encompassing Ambiente, Trend and Titanium specification levels, once again in both (edit) hatch and wagon body styles...


2015 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 revealed: 5.2-litre flat-plane V8 to generate more than 370kW
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2015 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 revealed: 5.2-litre flat-plane V8 to generate more than 370kW

Ford has revealed the look of, and select details about, the next-generation Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 ahead of its global debut. Underneath the striped bonnet lies a high-revving 5.2-litre V8 engine with a flat-plane crankshaft. Generating over 370kW (500hp) of power and more than 540Nm of torque, Ford claims that it will be the company's most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever...


Ken Block lights up LA in 630kW all-paw Ford Mustang in Gymkhana Seven
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Ken Block lights up LA in 630kW all-paw Ford Mustang in Gymkhana Seven

The latest tyre-frying epic from Ken Block has been released, featuring a 1965 Ford Mustang tearing up the street of Los Angeles. Gymkhana Seven is the latest instalment from Hoonigan Racing's head man, and follows on from his efforts in a 485kW/880Nm four-wheel-drive Ford Fiesta ST in Gymkhana Six...


Diversity and development efficiency the keys to Ford Australia’s design and engineering future
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Diversity and development efficiency the keys to Ford Australia’s design and engineering future

One of Ford Asia Pacific’s leading executives believes diversity and development efficiency are keys to Australia’s success as a design and engineering hub once local vehicle production comes to an end in late 2016...


V8 Supercars and the real world
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V8 Supercars and the real world

The end of the 2014 V8 Supercars season is almost upon us, following a cracking (and controversial) Bathurst 1000 that saw Ford win for the second year in a row and Nissan claim its first podium finish in the great race since the Skyline GT-R’s infamous 1992 victory...


Ford Everest is the Territory for today’s SUV buyer, says company
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Ford Everest is the Territory for today’s SUV buyer, says company

The new Ford Everest is the Territory for today’s SUV customer, the company believes. Following its most extensive customer research program ever for a vehicle developed in Asia Pacific, Ford says part of the market has shifted from demanding a comfort-oriented soft-roader towards a more rugged type of SUV with greater versatility and go-anywhere potential...


2015 Ford Everest revealed
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2015 Ford Everest revealed

The all-new Ford Everest promises to be one of the most capable, technologically advanced, safest and most fuel efficient SUVs of its kind when it launches in Australia and throughout Asia and Africa in 2015. As with the Ranger ute on which its based, the 2015 Ford Everest owes much to the team at Ford Australia, which took the lead role in its design and engineering...


Henrik Fisker to return to LA auto show with Rocket muscle car
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Henrik Fisker to return to LA auto show with Rocket muscle car

Henrik Fisker will return to the motor show spot light with the new Rocket muscle car at the Los Angeles auto show next week. Co-developed with Galpin Auto Sports, the Rocket will feature a carbon fibre body and is claimed to be the "ultimate American muscle car". Aside from those two little nuggets of information, as well as the sketch above, the two parties haven't revealed much more about their new venture...


Ford Ranger outsells company's collective passenger line-up in October
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Ford Ranger outsells company's collective passenger line-up in October

The Ford Ranger ute line-up last month outsold the blue oval brand’s entire passenger car range — encompassing the Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo and Falcon — combined.  According to monthly VFACTS figures released today, Ford sold 2405 Rangers, comprising 1940 4x4 versions (up 29.2 per cent) and 465 4x2s (actually down 11...


2015 Ford Everest : Australian-engineered Ranger-based SUV teased
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2015 Ford Everest : Australian-engineered Ranger-based SUV teased

The Ford Everest – the Ranger ute-based SUV designed and engineered in Australia – has been teased ahead of its official unveiling in China next week. The newest member of Ford’s global vehicle line-up, the seven-seat Everest will be produced in Thailand alongside the Ranger with which it shares its basic underpinnings...


Ford EcoSport Beauty, The Beast and Storm concepts head to Sao Paulo
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Ford EcoSport Beauty, The Beast and Storm concepts head to Sao Paulo

There will be not one, but three Ford EcoSport design concepts to the Sao Paulo auto show: Beauty, The Beast and Storm. The most eye-catching of the three concepts is the EcoSport Storm (above), which takes its styling cues from the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor pickup truck. As with the US$44,995 ($51,100) vehicle that inspired it, the EcoSport Storm features a grille with the Ford name boldly emblazoned across it...


Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo Review: Run-out round-up
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Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo Review: Run-out round-up

With the new FG-X Falcon all but on-sale, James Ward takes one last look at the out-going FG Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo...


Ford confirms new 2.0-litre diesel engine for passenger cars following $350m investment
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Ford confirms new 2.0-litre diesel engine for passenger cars following $350m investment

Ford will build a family of new low-carbon 2.0-litre diesel engines for its future passenger cars in London from 2017 following the announcement of a £190 million ($350 million) investment into its Dagenham plant. The announcement confirms the second phase of investment in the new engine program, following the original investment of £287m ($528m) for the development of new 2...


2015 Ford Falcon and Territory production gets underway, new Falcon interior shots released
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2015 Ford Falcon and Territory production gets underway, new Falcon interior shots released

The 2015 Ford Falcon FG X and Territory SZ II have now entered production in earnest at the company’s Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne ahead of their on-sale date of December 1.  The long-awaited swansong models will see Ford out to its flagged factory closure in late 2016, and bring to the table a more advanced SYNC 2 infotainment system and, in the case of the Falcon, a redesigned nose and tail...


2016 Ford Focus RS : 240kW hot-hatch takes shape
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2016 Ford Focus RS : 240kW hot-hatch takes shape

The third-generation Ford Focus RS has moved into the next development stage, with CarAdvice’s spy photographers spotting the new high-performance hatchback testing at Germany’s Nurburgring. The fresh images – which come about four months after our spies snapped an early prototype of the new RS on public roads in Michigan – give us our best look yet at the blue oval’s upcoming flagship hot-hatch that’s set to launch in 2016...


Carbonfibre manufacturer Quickstep awarded $1.76m to set up automotive division in Geelong
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Carbonfibre manufacturer Quickstep awarded $1.76m to set up automotive division in Geelong

Australian carbonfibre manufacturer Quickstep will set up a dedicated automotive division in Geelong after being awarded a $1.76 million grant from the Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund (GRIIF) that is partially funded by Ford Australia. Quickstep’s automotive division will be based at a new facility located at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus in Geelong...