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by Tim Beissmann

Ford has released a behind-the-scenes video detailing the process behind determining the fuel consumption and emissions of new vehicles.

Ford Australia emissions test laboratory supervisor, Jason Bellamy, explains the process as a heavily camouflaged Ford Ranger is put through its paces.

New cars are tested inside a lab rather than on the road to ensure vehicles around world can be tested in exactly the same conditions.

The Ranger in the video is tested according to the New European Driving Cycle.

As the clip shows, a driver is required to get behind the wheel and follow a standard speed trace. Mr Bellamy explains it takes skill and practice to drive according to the official cycle.

The tests allow manufacturers to prove their vehicles meet government regulations and also allow them to generate official fuel consumption data.

Ford is yet to confirm the fuel consumption and emissions results of the new Ranger.

The Australian-developed model will be sold in Australia with the choice of three engines: a 110kW/375Nm 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel, a 122kW/226Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol, and a 147kW/470Nm 3.2-litre five-cylinder diesel.

Expect the new model to improve on the current 2.5- and 3.0-litre diesel offerings, which use between 8.5 litres/100km and 10.2 litres/100km on the combined cycle and emit between 225g/km and 271g/km CO2.

The all-new Ford Ranger goes on sale in Australia in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more news as its local launch approaches.