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Ford recalls 550,000 Escapes and Fusions in North America, Oz models not affected

Ford has issued a recall for approximately 550,000 Escapes and Fusions in North America this week, over concerns about automatic transmissions that may not shift into the selected gear. The Blue Oval reports the bushing connecting the shifter cable to the transmission may detach, allowing the transmission to be in a "gear state different than the gear shift position selected by the driver"...

2018.5 Ford Escape pricing and specs

Ford Australia has confirmed 2018.5 Escape pricing and specifications, announcing the addition of range-wide standard autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and a new ST-Line grade from September. Every new Escape will include AEB as standard, having previously bundled it in the $1300 Driver Assist Technologies pack on Trend and Titanium models, and not offered it on the base Ambiente...

Ford launches '2nd Car' for Australian buyers

Ford Australia has launched a new '2nd Car' program for Ranger and Escape customers, giving access to a Mustang for up to two weeks. The program won't be offered at all dealerships, and it's not available to all drivers: you need to be fully-licensed and 25 or older to drive the rear-drive Pony Car...

2016 Ford Kuga, 2017 Escape recalled

Ford Australia has recalled the 2016 Kuga and 2017 Escape over concerns about the driver-knee and side airbags. According to the company, the airbag initiators on the side airbags and/or driver-knee airbags mightn't deploy in an accident, increasing the risk of injury...

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...

CarAdvice podcast 67: Driving Holden's new Commodore

Joining Mandy Turner this week, are Paul Maric and Mike Stevens, bringing you the latest car news from the past week. This includes, the new Ford CEO backing away from 2021 target for full autonomous cars, the Ferrari boss is shying away from a modern version Dino, Skoda Kodiaq gets a diesel, and the 2018 BMW M5 has been revealed...

The Shortlist: Relaxed car with adaptive cruise control for extended driving

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. But… where to from there? In this series, we look at these cases and single out three cars that fit the brief...

The Shortlist: Quiet SUV for a couple in their sixties

Doing what we do, CarAdvice writers are often asked by friends and family, and through our contact page: which car is best for me? Most buyers can identify the top three non-negotiable factors that will guide their purchase decision. But… where to from there? In this series, we look at these cases and single out three cars that fit the brief...

Old nameplates returning to form

There are many market trends in action this year, but one of the more novel is the resurgence - or re-emergence - of old nameplates. Running through some cars experiencing good growth is a bit like looking at a new car guide from early 2000s. In the light car segment there's the relaunched Suzuki Baleno, with 1043 incremental sales - enough for a respectable 4...

CarAdvice podcast 42: 2017 Toyota C-HR review

Paul Maric is back! Joining him this week are Mandy and James Ward, to bring you all the latest car news. We talk 2018 Range Rover Velar pricing, Renault Alpine A110 returning, Takata pleading guilty over deadly airbag inflators, and the 2017 Haval H6 hasbeen revealed...

The 'new' Ford Escape will catch sales the Kuga couldn't

With the launch of the 2017 Ford Escape this week, yet another model has seen the 'badge update' among the larger items on the list of changes for a model-year refresh. We saw it earlier this year with the Holden Trailblazer, recently with much of the Mercedes-Benz range, and let's not forget Infiniti, which went with a range-wide badge-cull some years ago...

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