Ford Puma Wins Best Light SUV 2021

July 29, 2021

Buyers are becoming spoilt for good choices in a segment featuring the smallest and most affordable SUVs. Such is the proliferation of compact SUVs these days that official industry sales split them into two camps: Light SUV and Small SUV. And for 2021, Drive Car of the Year has done the same. WINNER: FORD PUMA The Puma, a Ford of Europe creation that replaces the Indian-built EcoSport in the company’s line-up, has relatively high pricing...

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Ford Ranger Wins 4×4 Ute Market

July 19, 2021

Ute sales are at an all-time high, plus 2021’s winners and losers We take a look at which utes are doing best in 2021, before showing how the market as a whole has grown since 2010. Australians love their utes, especially at tax time. In fact, during the course of 2021 total ute sales and market-share are both at all-time highs. Instant asset write-down policies, superior products with greater comfort and safety, and less tangible aspects like...

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Ford Focus ST-3 coming to Australia

July 13, 2021

Ford Australia has announced a new premium version of the Ford Focus ST hot hatch. It may not be a born-again Ford Focus RS hyper-hatch with an all-wheel drive drift mode, but the 2022 Ford Focus ST-3 will bring a bit more razzle dazzle to the blue oval brand’s unloved small car for a relatively small price premium. The 2022 Ford Focus ST-3 will be offered exclusively with a seven-speed automatic transmission and the same , the Focus ST-3...

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2021 Ford Ranger Wildtrak X Bi-Turbo Review

July 7, 2021

Ford’s best-selling Ranger is soon to be superseded by a next generation, but let’s see how the current Aussie favourite shapes up in Wildtrak X flavour. Power comes courtesy of the 157kW/500Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel lifted from the Ranger Raptor. This engine can only be had with the Ford/GM-developed 10-speed automatic transmission, which I found to be a fair match, though some complain it overly hunts for the right gear around town. I was impressed with...

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Best Sports Car Under $100K 2021 – Finalist Ford Fiesta ST

July 1, 2021

Light, nimble and a huge amount of fun, the Ford Fiesta ST is as pure a hot hatch as you could want.  The direct steering and impressive chassis setup are well balanced with the turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine, to provide an entertaining drive experience both around town or around a track. You need to work it hard to get the most performance, with peak power of 147kW at 6000rpm and 290Nm torque at 4000rpm, but...

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Ford Active City-Stop

February 12, 2020

ACTIVE CITY STOP So many things can distract us on the road and, in that split second, anything can happen. Especially in stop-start city traffic. Active City Stop* can detect if the car in front has stopped and automatically apply the brakes in the time it takes you to blink. Reading the road Active City Stop is designed to help avoid a rear-end collision or reduce the impact of one by automatically applying brakes, if...

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