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South Africans can now buy an armour-plated Ford Ranger direct from Ford

South Africans after an extra layer of protection from the nation’s high crime rates can now order a fully-armoured Ford Ranger direct from Blue Oval dealerships without voiding the factory warranty. Ford has teamed up with speciality armoured vehicle manufacturer SVI Engineering to offer its popular dual-cab ute with various level of protection...

Around the tracks: Shannon Noll is now a car reviewer (apparently)

When we’re not creating it ourselves, the CarAdvice team spends a lot of time finding and consuming motoring content from all over the world. Here’s a handful of the photos, articles, videos or social media posts that most caught our eye last week. Some of them are brand new, others have been online for a while. Enjoy them – just not too much, okay? 1...

Ford Australia design centre future secured with $12 million overhaul 

Ford Australia’s design centre has been given a new lease on life with a $12 million renovation that secures its future for at least another decade. The top secret styling studio in Broadmeadows on the northern outskirts of Melbourne was the birthplace for every Ford Falcon since the 1970s, and later models such as the Ford Territory SUV and the current generation Ford Ranger ute and Everest four-wheel-drive...

Ford and Tesla promise helping hands in storm-struck Texas

US-based automotive manufacturers Ford and Tesla have announced plans to deliver relief in storm-struck Texas. The ongoing crisis – caused by a multitude of factors including frozen gas lines – has reportedly left more than 4.3 million homes and businesses across the state without power...

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 scores minor design tweaks as production approaches

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 has been treated to a round of mild visual tweaks before it goes into production. When we say mild, we mean mild, with Ford's changes comprising three tweaks to the track-focused Mustang's exterior graphics package and styling features...

Today’s Ford Fiesta ST and Focus ST likely the last before electric switch

Hot hatch fans likely have only a few years to enjoy the last “analogue” versions of the Ford Fiesta ST and Ford Focus ST. Both models are expected to be the last of their breed amid a bold plan by Ford Europe to switch to hybrid or electric power by 2026 – and pure electric power for all models by 2030 – announced last week...

2021 Ford Puma mild-hybrid gains dual-clutch automatic in Europe, Australian launch not planned

The 2021 Ford Puma mild-hybrid in Europe has gained a new seven-speed automatic option – however, the fuel-sipping engine remains no closer to Australia. Ford's European arm confirmed the introduction of a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission for the 1...

2021 Ford Ranger price and specs: XL Tradie special-edition arrives with standard-fit accessories

2021 Ford Ranger XL Tradie price and specs detailed Special-edition model priced from $47,990 drive-away Nudge bar, side steps, towbar and alloy wheels headline inclusions On sale now in limited numbers Pricing and specification details of the 2021 Ford Ranger XL Tradie have been confirmed, with the special-edition, work-focused dual-cab now on route to showrooms...

Ford passenger cars and SUVs to go all-electric in Europe by 2030, German-built electric vehicle due in 2023

Ford’s entire passenger car and SUV range in Europe looks set to ditch internal-combustion power by the end of the decade. Ford has confirmed overnight its entire passenger vehicle line-up in Europe – which includes everything from 'conventional' passenger cars such as the Fiesta and Focus hatchbacks (and their sporty ST flagships) and the Mustang sports car, to SUVs including the Escape and Puma – will offer an all-electric or plug-in hybrid option by mid-2026, before switching to electric power alone by 2030...

Ford Falcon GTHO Phase III sets new auction record: $1.15 million

Australians are continuing to pay record money for iconic Fords and Holdens – and experts predict the numbers will continue to climb for the foreseeable future. A fully restored 1971 Ford Falcon XY GT-HO Phase III – which, according to The Australian newspaper, was previously owned by a Perth businessman whose investment scheme failed while owing at least $240 million to investors – sold last night for $1...

Demand at Aussie muscle car auction breaks the internet, to restart today

Bidders have been left in a panic as strong demand for Aussie muscle cars crashed an auctioneer's website and clogged phone lines. Slattery Auctions was holding the online event, comprising mostly Australian-built models – as well as one Japanese wildcard – when its systems began to fail with only three minutes before the auction was due to end at 18:00 last night...