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Car News Daily podcast: Your daily download

Plenty has happened in the world of car news over the last 24 hours. If you haven't had time to read all the news on CarAdvice.com, catch up on your way home with Car News Daily, as Mandy Turner reads each news story word-for-word...

Ford Ranger gets the military treatment – and it could come to Australia

The Ford Ranger is ready for battle – not just in the sales race against the Toyota Hilux – but now it has received military honours. One of Europe’s leading military suppliers and automotive engineering firms, Ricardo, has created a concept vehicle based on the Ford Ranger pick-up that can be used for defence, policing, security and rescue services...

Car News Daily: Your daily download

Plenty has happened in the world of car news over the last 24 hours. If you haven't had time to read all the news on CarAdvice.com, catch up on your way home with Car News Daily, as Mandy Turner reads each news story word-for-word...

Volkswagen Amarok and Ford Ranger likely to miss out on electrification

It's no secret Ford and Volkswagen are co-developing commercial vehicles, including the next-generation Amarok and Ranger dual-cab utes. Ford is responsible for the medium-sized pickup truck, while Volkswagen is leading development of small vans. The two companies are also signed up to share Volkswagen's MEB platform. Hot on the heels of the ID...

Ford Ranger Wildtrak X pricing and specs

Ford Australia has released pricing and specifications for the limited-run Ranger Wildtrak X, a highly specified and more adventure-focused version of the its top-selling ute. Sitting between the current Wildtrak and Raptor models, Ford claims the Wildtrak X "heralds a more off-road focused, highly capable and outdoors oriented model, combining Ranger’s capability with the comfort, convenience and high-spec of the Wildtrak"...

2020 Ford Ranger FX4 here in December

Ford Australia has confirmed the Ranger FX4 special edition will return as part of the MY20 range when the updated line-up arrives in December. Slotting between the XLT 4x4  and Wildtrak 4x4 variants, the FX4 will be initially limited to 1000 units, and receives a range of cosmetic and trim upgrades inside and out – though pricing is yet to be confirmed...

2020 Ford Ranger updates detailed, here December

Ford has given its top-selling Ranger ute another series of tweaks and updates, a few months after it standardised autonomous emergency braking across the entire range. The 2020 model-year upgrades vary depending on which Ranger variant you're talking about, with all due to hit dealers in December...

2019 Ford Ranger Sport: Special edition brings more tech

Ford has revealed the limited-run Ranger Sport, designed to sit between the XLS and XLT in the hotly-contested 4x4 dual-cab ute segment. Although it trails well behind the all-conquering Toyota HiLux in two-wheel drive sales, the Ford Ranger is just 452 sales behind on the more profitable four-wheel drive ute sales charts...

2018 Ford Ranger recalled

Ford Australia has issued another recall for its Ranger ute this week, this time affecting 2018 model-year vehicles that could have cracking brake calipers. The Blue Oval reports that "some of the affected vehicles" could be fitted with a front brake caliper with material that "may not meet specification", which could cause the unit to crack...

2016-18 Ford Ranger recalled

Ford has recalled a huge batch of 2016-18 Rangers, over concerns about about their flexible front brake hoses. According to the company, come vehicles might be fitted with a flexible brake hose prone to failure when it's twisted during installation. If twisted, the inner and outer hose layers could wear over bumps requiring a lot of suspension travel...

CarAdvice podcast 146: Race the NSW Highway Patrol... legally!

Joining Mandy Turner this week are Paul Maric and James Wong. In car news, the next-generation BMW 1 Series has been previewed, Toyota Australia has confirmed three hybrid launches before the end of the year, and the Ford Ranger is getting AEB across the range. Also, initial details have been released for the 2020 Hyundai Sonata, and the 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan has been revealed...