November 16th, 2015 by Robert Barry
It was a case of better late than never when the new generation of Ford Mondeo arrived on New Zealand soil in April this year.
The car made it’s U.S debut as the Fusion in 2012, but European production, where cars for right-hand-drive markets are sourced, was moved from the previous factory in Genk, Belgium to a more modern facility in Valencia, Spain. Continue reading “Ford: 2015 Mondeo Titanium Ecoboost hatch review” »
October 14th, 2015 by Robert Barry
The leadership at the top of the pick-up market between Ford and Toyota has heated up again with the launch of the PX series Ranger Ute which boasts numerous cosmetic and engineering refinements.
The top-of-the-line Wildtrak model has also gained more specification to make it even more inviting to buyers who might have considered a large sedan or SUV. Continue reading “Quick Drive: 2015 PX series Ford Ranger Wildtrak” »
October 10th, 2014 by Darren Cottingham
When I was in my teens in the late ‘80s our 80-year old neighbour, Mrs Moss, had kept her 1950s Morris Minor because she didn’t like all these new cars that were too low for her to get in and out of. Her aging hips wanted a seat she could slide across into rather than fall into. It was the second thing that this Ford EcoSport reminded me of; the first thing was Tweetie Pie, the yellow bird, from the cartoons of the 1940s and ‘50s. Continue reading “Ford: EcoSport Titanium 2014 review” »
October 8th, 2014 by Darren Cottingham
It was 2008: the start of the global financial crisis, petrol hit US$100 per barrel and General Motors reported a record US$38.7 billion loss but arch rival Ford provided me with my first Mondeo experience. Since then, the Mondeo seems to have changed about as much as the attitude of the major banks: not very much. Continue reading “Ford: 2014 Mondeo Titanium EcoBoost hatchback review” »
September 26th, 2014 by Darren Cottingham
The Ranger Wildtrak is the top-of-the-range ute for when you have to look like you need a ute, but you’re not going to be doing hard-core driving that will damage its many accessories and prominent livery.
We first drove the Ranger back in 2012 (read review here). It was the XLT which is the model down from the Wildtrak and we said it set a new benchmark in utes as it was a huge leap forward from what the likes of Mitsubishi and Nissan were offering. Continue reading “Ford: 2014 Ranger Wildtrak Review” »
August 15th, 2014 by Ian Ferguson
Yet another five-door hatch you say to yourself as you saunter towards the test car that’s fully fuelled with petroleum.
The bronze metallic effect of the paintwork enhances the shape and form of the Focus Sport much like contestants in the semi finals of a bodybuilding competition.
The colour is officially called Lunar Sky which is available along with Lunar Black, Midnight Sky, Winning Blue, Frozen White and Candy Red covering most bases and tastes.
Short of the excessive rear roof spoiler and a rather out of place letter “S” on the tailgate, you could be looking at one of an endless stream of anonymous tin boxes with colour added. Continue reading “Ford: 2014 Focus Sport hatch review” »
July 15th, 2014 by Robert Barry
The new Ford Transit Cargo is now a global product which heads up the Transit family of commercial vehicles which are marketed across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
In New Zealand, Ford has introduced three versions of the Transit Cargo, the 350L long wheelbase van at $60,490 (high roof an additional $3200), the 350E LWB high roof Jumbo at $70,420, and the 470E long wheelbase high roof Jumbo at $71,640. Continue reading “Ford: 2014 Ford Transit Cargo review” »
July 6th, 2014 by Robert Barry
Video killed the radio star, and the rise and rise of the SUV has unfortunately also killed off the demand for the large performance executive and family sedan.
Which is a great pity, because for fast point to point, comfortable motoring, a grand touring sports sedan will out perform most mass market SUV’s. Continue reading “FPV: 2014 FPV GT review” »