Ford Fiesta coming to New Zealand in 2009

September 10th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham

Ford Fiesta fq

Ford New Zealand has today confirmed the new Ford Fiesta will be sold in New Zealand, launching in Q1 2009.

The all-new model, conceived and developed by the European arm of Ford’s global product development team, is the first of a generation of new global, small Ford cars which will be developed, designed and built for a single global customer base.

“The Fiesta is the first product of the Ford Global Product Development system and is a tangible example of Ford becoming a single, global company designing and building cars for customers around the world.

It features a dramatic exterior design that is accentuated by the bold use of colour and exciting interior styling.

The very first Fiesta was launched in 1976 and since then has sold over 12 million units.

“The vehicle is eye-catching, bold and stylish — the perfect compliment to our comprehensive line-up in New Zealand,” says Richard Matheson, MD of Ford NZ.

Ford New Zealand is not able to confirm which variants will be available in New Zealand.

All-new Ford Ka to debut at Paris Motor Show

September 9th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham

Ford Ka 2009 fq

The new Ford Ka replaces the iconic original Ka, launched in 1996. The original Ka was significantly ugly from the back, and because Ford hasn’t sent us any shots from the rear we hope it’s been addressed. The front certainly looks the part – sleek and tidy, featuring Ford’s kinetic design language styling cues.

No release date has been set for New Zealand, but European customers will get their grubby mitts on them late this year or early 2009. Stylish and fashionable.

The new car has approximately the same proportions as its predecessor and will be marketed as being a youthful, funky option for urban driving. Ford even took the Ka to Nürburgring in Germany for performance testing to make sure the driving dynamics were right.

Europe will get two economical, low emission engine options: a 1.2-litre 69 PS Duratec petrol engine and, for the first time on Ka, a 1.3-litre 75 PS Duratorq TDCi turbodiesel.

Both petrol and diesel models are available with sub-120g/km CO2 emissions.

The 1.2-litre petrol model, which is expected to be the largest seller in the all-new range, has cut fuel consumption by 21 per cent compared to the previous 1.3-litre Ka.

The diesel model — available on the Ka for the first time — improves economy still further, achieving a combined fuel consumption of 3.5l/100km.

There will be four trim/specification levels, and options including Bluetooth phone kit.

The all-new Ford Ka has been developed as part of a common project with Fiat. The vehicle is produced at the modern Fiat manufacturing plant in Tychy, Poland, sharing the production line with the Fiat 500 model.

The original Ford Ka was launched at the Paris Motor Show in 1996. Sales soon took off across Europe, with a total of over 1,460,000 vehicles produced.

Airport to city in a new Falcon – and you’re driving

September 3rd, 2008 by Darren Cottingham


There’s a brand spankers Ford Falcon XR8 sitting in the Car and SUV garage right now, so we were intrigued when Ford sent us through details of this offer.

For the next two weeks, if you arrive in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch, you can choose to drive to your city centre destination in a new FG Falcon. For free.

By booking online at or by calling 0508 FIRSTCLASS, travelers arriving between the hours of 7am — 11am or 4pm — 8pm at Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch airports can be met by a Ford representative and a new FG Falcon ready to transport them to their city centre destination.

Volkswagen takes 3rd place from Ford in world rankings

August 29th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham

The Volkswagen Group has taken its place among the world’s top three automakers thanks to the Wolfsburg-based company’s outstanding delivery figures in the first half of 2008. Rival Ford has to settle for fourth position.

“We are delighted that the Volkswagen Group has made it to the global automobile industry’s top three for the first time. This shows that we are on the right track with our ever-stronger international presence and, above all, our product program. We will systematically push ahead with our growth course even in the present difficult market environment,” Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, commented.

With 3.31 million vehicles delivered in the first half of 2008, the Volkswagen Group increased deliveries in the first six months of this year by 7.2 percent, moving up to third place in the global vehicle sales ranking and overtaking its rival Ford, which announced vehicle sales of 3.22 million for this period.

Ford Ka to cameo in latest ‘007’ film ahead of Paris debut

August 18th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham


The highly-anticipated new James Bond adventure, ‘Quantum of Solace’, will feature a cameo appearance from the all-new Ford Ka ahead of its official Paris debut.

Ford’s new small car will make its screen debut alongside the film’s beautiful but feisty leading lady, Olga Kurylenko. Kurylenko plays Camille, a woman with her own personal mission and who quickly becomes an unlikely ally for Bond.

The ‘Quantum of Solace’ Ka is unique with metallic gold paint and an exclusive exterior graphics and interior trim combination.

The special ‘Quantum of Solace’ Ka was created by Ford of Europe’s Design team, in collaboration with the movie’s Oscar award-winning production designer, Dennis Gassner.  The Ka’s cameo continues Ford of Europe’s relationship with the James Bond films, following the debut appearance of the latest Ford Mondeo, in the 2006 blockbuster, ‘Casino Royale’.

The new model retains all the qualities which made the Ka so popular — compact size, great looks, lively dynamics and fun personality — but presents them in a fresh new package. Further technical details of the new Ford Ka will be revealed closer to launch later in 2008.

‘Quantum of Solace’ opens in the UK and France on October 31st, then across the rest of Europe during November 2008 with New Zealand set to follow.

The all-new Ka enjoys the spotlight of its own at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, on October 2.

New Ford Falcon receives highest safety rating

August 14th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham


Ford’s all-new FG Falcon has become the first Australian-built car to receive a five-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP)

The petrol FG Falcon sedan range was awarded the maximum five-star safety rating with a total score of 34.6 points (out of a possible 37 points), giving it the highest score ever recorded by an Australian produced vehicle.

The FG Falcon’s five-star score places it in the top seven per cent of all published ANCAP results, as well as in the top 24 per cent of published ANCAP five-star results.

It also positions the FG Falcon at the forefront of vehicle safety, with the recently released all-new model generating a higher point score than many significantly higher-priced, premium European vehicles including the Volvo V70, Audi A6, Volkwagen Passat and Mercedes-Benz E-class 220 CDi which have established reputations for world-class safety.

“The FG Falcon’s five-star ANCAP rating cements Ford’s long standing reputation for safety leadership,” says Richard Matheson, Managing Director Ford New Zealand.

“Safety is paramount in vehicle development at Ford. The FG Falcon has been designed to deliver real-world safety benefits for our customers and we now have a resounding third party endorsement showing just how safe the all-new FG Falcon really is.”

More than 38 different vehicle crash modes were investigated by Ford during the course of the FG Falcon’s development, with 426 full vehicle-representative physical crash tests and more than 5,000 state-of-the-art simulated crash tests completed.

The petrol FG Falcon sedan scored maximum points in two of the three physical crash tests performed by ANCAP, setting a new standard in vehicle safety for a locally-manufactured family car, with its world-class body structure and comprehensive suite of active and passive safety features.

The FG-series Ford Falcon and FPV range are available in New Zealand now.

Check out ANCAP raings here.

Ford and GM talk about sharing technologies

August 5th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham

Amongst the news that General Motors posted a huge Q2 loss and is cutting a futher 5,000 jobs as well as closing four manufacturing plants by 2010, comes rumours from inside Detroit that the unthinkable could be on the cards.

The Detroit News has reported that GM and Ford could be putting thier heads together on engine and powertrain technologies in the near future.

Such a move could help both companies, as developing a new engine costs as much as US$1Billion (NZ$1.37Billion). This news comes along with the forecast by the Center of Automotive Research (CAR) in the U.S that GM is in serious danger of going under if its fortunes don’t change soon.

New Ford Ka to be revealed at Paris Motorshow

August 4th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham


The new Ford Ka will take centre-stage at the 2008 Paris Motor Show in October.

Twelve years after the original Ka was launched to great acclaim, its successor captures the same youthful and cheeky spirit. The new model retains all of the qualities which made the Ka so popular — its compact size, great looks, lively dynamics and fun personality — but presents them in a fresh new package.

Ford designers have given the new Ka a fashionable, modern appearance based around the company’s ‘kinetic design’ form language. A number of visual cues provide a connection to the original Ka, but with its distinctive face and chunky proportions the new model has its own unique character.

The interior of the new Ka also has a stylish, dynamic design, combining bold contrasts and expressive colours which reflect the more adventurous tastes of the typical Ka buyer.

The new model is destined to continue the considerable success of the original Ford Ka, which is widely considered to be an automotive design icon. Launched at the Paris Motor Show in 1996, the Ka was immediately praised for its exciting “New Edge” styling and class-leading driving dynamics.

Throughout its 12-year life the Ka has remained tremendously popular among small-car buyers, inspiring fierce loyalty from its owners. In total, Ka production has exceeded 1.4 million vehicles.