Ford Road Tests

Ford Fiesta Ecoboost an excellent addition

Ford Fiesta Ecoboost an excellent addition

When fellow Drivesouth writer Richard Bosselman served up a rave review for the new 1.0-litre Ford Fiesta Ecoboost after driving the car in Thailand last year, I had my doubts.

 

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Three-cylinder Ford Fiesta little but lively

Three-cylinder Ford Fiesta little but lively

Strong drivetrain and chassis, intriguing road in a fascinating country: today's nip around hill country behind Changmai in northern Thailand has all the elements of being a memorably happy day out in the new Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost.

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Ranger a great step forward for Ford

Ranger a great step forward for Ford

Ford's new Ranger has been earning great raps since its launch. David Thomson takes to the wheel of the XLT double cab variant to find out what all the fuss is about.

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Ford Focus: Title puts Focus on Ford

Ford Focus: Title puts Focus on Ford

Ford has revived a name best remembered from the days of the old Laser, and before that the Escort, by using the Sport moniker for the new Focus.

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New Ranger a forward-looking Ford

New Ranger a forward-looking Ford

Light trucks are not cars, but here's one seeking to blur the obvious distinction.

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Ford Fiesta: More choice, same Euro flavour

Ford Fiesta: More choice, same Euro flavour

What was going on? One minute the bloke in the car behind was tooting furiously, the next racing past, still on the horn.

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Ford Fiesta: New Fiesta shining star of Ford stable

Ford Fiesta: New Fiesta shining star of Ford stable

If you've ever wondered what the difference is between strong performance and dynamic sparkle, then I suggest you head down to your Ford dealer and ask to take a 1.4-litre automatic version of the latest Fiesta for a spin rather than the more obviously sporty 1.6-litre manual.

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Ford FPV F6 310 Falcon: Softly, softly approach tames Ford's green beast

Ford FPV F6 310 Falcon: Softly, softly approach tames Ford's green beast

Trying to outsmart nature was David Thomson's major preoccupation when he took temporary command of the latest FPV F6 Falcon.

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Ford Mondeo turns my head - for now

Ford Mondeo turns my head - for now

Attending a V8 Supercar meeting recently I was asked on which side of the blue-red divide I stood.

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Ford Mondeo: With power to match

Ford Mondeo: With power to match

The new diesel Mondeo more than makes David Thomson's short list.

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Ford Mondeo: New mondeo is the business — and more

Ford Mondeo: New mondeo is the business — and more

Fast food, cheap motel rooms, lonely nights and long days. Extreme pressure to shift that load of office stationery by Friday . . . who'd want to be a travelling salesperson?

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FPV Force 6 offers more enjoyable driving

FPV Force 6 offers more enjoyable driving

The FPV Force 6 is a thinking person's car.

While petrol-heads will hanker after the Boss V8 in the Force 8, the turbo-charged six-cylinder Force 6 offers the more enjoyable driving experience of the dynamic duo.

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Ford Ranger: Diesel do nicely — new ute impresses

Ford Ranger: Diesel do nicely — new ute impresses

A fresh look, new engines, and a change of name from Courier to Ranger mark the arrival of Ford's latest player in the light commercial utility market.

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Ford Escape: More than a few tweaks for Escape, Volvo V50

Ford Escape: More than a few tweaks for Escape, Volvo V50

Friends of mine have two sons of contrasting athletic abilities: while the older lad enjoys his sport and tries hard, he is invariably overshadowed by his very talented younger sibling.

The Ford Escape is very much that older brother in a Ford family SUV range utterly dominated by the newer, larger and more capable Territory.

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Ford Territory Turbo: a wolf in sheep’s clothing

Ford Territory Turbo: a wolf in sheep’s clothing

There is something disturbingly appealing about more than two tonnes of steel being able to go from rest to 100kmh in 6.5 seconds.

Driving Ford's turbocharged Territory sports utility vehicle makes you feel that you have gone over to the dark side.

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Ford Escape gets a new look

Ford took the opportunity at the Territory launch to reveal a face-lifted version of the smaller Escape SUV.

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Ford Territory Turbo arrives at last

Ford Territory Turbo arrives at last

Ford has launched a new performance flagship combining key features from the two vehicles tested on Wednesday's motoring page - the Territory and the Falcon XR6 Turbo.

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Ford Territory still holding its own

Ford Territory still holding its own

The Ford Territory was very much the right vehicle at the right time when it was launched back in 2004, and quickly established itself as New Zealand's favourite sports utility vehicle (SUV).

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Softer look, sharper Focus

Softer look, sharper Focus

On sale here since mid-2005, the second-generation Ford Focus has yet to make the expected impression on the sales charts. That could be set to change over coming months, as a change in source from South Africa to Europe coincides with the disappearance of the hatchback variant of one of its key rivals, the Honda Civic, from our new car sales charts.

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Typhoon blows away opposition

Typhoon blows away opposition

Aussie V8 muscle car owners beware - there is a new bad boy on the block.

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