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The Ford Ranger Raptor is worthy of kudos, not contempt

Ford Ranger Raptor. Quite often, it feels underpowered. Yep, it’s true: sometimes it feels like you could really use a bit more motor. And yes, I know, it’s hard to get particularly excited about a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel, regardless of how many turbos it has. Many have come out in their hordes to deride the Ranger Raptor, purely because of what lies under the bonnet...

Volkswagen could build cars in Ford US plants

Volkswagen could build some of its vehicles at Ford factories in the USA, Herbert Diess, the German automaker's CEO, has revealed. Diess spoke to reporters including those from Automotive News after a discussion with US President Donald Trump, members of his administration, and senior officers from Daimler and BMW...

ANCAP: Focus, G70, I-Pace and Santa Fe get five-star ratings

ANCAP has awarded five-star safety ratings to the Ford Focus, Genesis G70, Hyundai Santa Fe and Jaguar I-Pace this week. The two SUVs managed 94 per cent for adult occupant protection, while the Focus and G70 posted 85 per cent and 81 per cent respectively. Interestingly, the Focus managed an impressive 87 per cent score for child occupant protection, which was better than the other three models...

Ford teases new Mustang Shelby GT500

Ford has teased the arrival of the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500, posting a picture of its supercharger cover on Twitter, along with the date of its expected reveal: January 14, 2019. While Ford is yet to specify details of the upcoming GT500, the company has previously stated it will be "the most powerful street-legal production Ford ever built", producing upwards of 700 horsepower (522kW)...

2019 Ford Focus: Entry-level Ambiente surfaces in Australian govt database

The all-new Ford Focus has already been priced and specified for Australia – including the new crossover-styled Focus Active – but there's still one gaping hole in the line-up: a low-$20k base model. Well, that could all be about to change. The Australian Government's 'Green Vehicle Guide' included a mystery Ambiente variant in its Focus listing – which details a vehicle's CO2 emissions, fuel consumption, and noise data...

CarAdvice podcast 130: A Land Rover with missiles?

This week Mandy Turner, Curt Dupriez and Sam Purcell are broadcasting from Torquay, Victoria, on a massive CarAdvice project at the AARC. Stay tuned for more on that in the coming weeks... In car news, Audi has taken a four-door TT off the table, Carlos Ghosn has been arrested over 'serious misconduct', the Mazda CX-5 has been given a turbo engine and Apple CarPlay, and 2019 Ford Focus Active pricing and specs have been announced...

2019 Ford Focus Active wagon revealed in Europe

Ford has added the Active Wagon to its Focus range in Europe, expanding its range of pseudo crossover models to four on the continent. Like the Focus Active hatch, the wagon variant features off-road styling, although there's no mention of all-wheel drive. Like the hatch, the Active wagon seems to be a front-wheel drive only affair...

CarAdvice on YourMoney, 21 November 2018: What's on this week's show?

On this week's episode of CarAdvice, Trent Nikolic and Paul Maric look at revolutionary changes in Israel's car market, Ford's electrifying vans, Holden's design strategies, 7-seat SUVs and plenty more. First up: Israel is killing off the internal combustion engine, as is Norway. How will this impact global car development and production? Elsewhere, Ford is now producing electric Transit vans...

Ford Puma name trademarked

Ford has trademarked the Puma name, leading to speculation it could be used for one of the company's soon-to-be-launched crossovers. According to the World Intellectual Property Organisation's website, Ford has trademarked the Puma name in New Zealand and Australia, leading to suggestions it could be applied to a new Bronco-inspired crossover...

2019 Ford Focus Active pricing and specs

Ford has confirmed the Focus Active is coming to Australia next year, with pricing to kick off at $29,990 before on-road costs. With tougher looks and 34mm more ground clearance than the regular Focus hatchback, the Active sports a pseudo-SUV stance a similar vein to Audi Allroad or Volvo Cross Country models...

Ford Fiesta, Ranger recalled

Ford has recalled the 2010-16 Fiesta and 2011-15 Ranger, over concerns about the pawl spring tab in the side-door latch. According to the company, the spring tab in a side-door latch could break, which usually prevents the door from latching. If the car can be closed, however, the door could open while the vehicle is moving...