FIRST THOUGHTS: The Ford Ranger has always been a tough performer on both job sites and off-road. With this new, locally designed and developed model, Ford has set the bar high and achieved levels of on-road refinement never before seen from the Ranger. Ford has Amarok and HiLux clearly and squarely in its sights.
It's easy to get a little misty eyed and slip on the rose tinted spectacles when you're test driving a bona fide local product. We spend so much seat time in vehicles designed and built overseas, that a true Aussie product is rare.
However, let's get that little bit of patriotism out of the way early. There's no need for it with Ranger. Sure the Ranger was developed and refined here, but it's heading to no less than 180 markets -- more than any other Ford product. And, it's going to kick some serious goals in every single one of them judging by our first drive.
Straight up, the Ranger looks like a truck, in the US sense of the word. Think Ford F150. There's no doubt that Ford's legendary truck DNA is on display here and I think that's a good thing. I've always appreciated a truck that looks like a truck. They are supposed to be tough as nails and built for the long haul. The Ranger looks like that, but it's also quite stylish and that's thanks to the subtle use of F-Truck DNA.
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2012 Toyota HiLux Quick Spin - NRMA Drivers Seat
There's little doubt the HiLux is the success story of the Toyota stable
and that's saying something for a brand that has its fingers in so many
different segments. The HiLux has for some time now been the undisputed
champ of the utility market across work sites, fleet sales and recreational
dual-cab 4WD sales.
Now though, the competition is starting to hot up for the legendary load
There are new versions of Ranger and BT-50 on the way, Amarok has gained a
small foothold since its launch, Holden Colorado, Mitsubishi Triton and
Nissan Navara will be refreshed soon and budget options from Mahindra,
Foton and Great Wall have muddied the waters especially for ute buyers
looking for a bargain basement option.
HiLux hasn't been a cheaper option for a long time and that hasn't really
changed with this refreshed version, but the price of the thing has never
seemed to bother buyers. If you plan to torture your ute for years, many
buyers simply don't look past a HiLux regardless of price.
With this refreshed version, there are no less than 35 models to choose
from starting with bargain basement single-cab Workmate platforms right up
to the aforementioned full-house dual-cab SR5.
Why the pricing tweak? Well, Toyota felt it was missing out on diesel sales
in the numerous segments the HiLux competes in and, as such, it has
sharpened the pricing across the range.
In basic terms, there are three cabins to choose from -- Single, Xtra and
Double-Cab, two body styles -- pick-up and cab-chassis, three equipment
grades -- WorkMate, SR and SR5, three engines -- two petrol and a diesel,
and the choice of 2WD or 4WD. And there's the choice of either manual and
auto transmissions as well.
Toyota points out that every 4WD HiLux now represents a lot more bangyou're
your buck, with anywhere from $1960 to $8340 of extra kit depending on the
model. Toyota Australia's senior executive director sales and marketing
David Buttner reckons the added specification and aggressive pricing will
further strengthen HiLux's reign as Australia's most popular commercial
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Toyota Hilux 4x4 2005 ANCAP Crash Test (4 stars)
Toyota Hilux 4x4 2005 onwards SR double cab pickup received a four star
occupant protection rating by ANCAP. Tested March 2006.
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Ford Ranger im Test: Offroad ein echter Kerl
Endlich -- werden sich die deutschen Ranger-Fans denken -- ist es vorbei
mit der biederen Optik des Pick-ups von Ford. Beim neuen Ranger sieht man
nun die Verwandtschaft zu den größeren "F"-Modellen, die in den USA die
meistverkaufte Pick-up-Baureihe darstellt. Unser Testfahrer Christian Jehle
hat den neuen Konkurrenten von Amarok und Co im Offroad-Park Langenaltheim
auf Herz und Nieren getestet.
Den detaillierten Testbericht gibt es unter
Ford Ranger Review & Buyers' Guide 2012
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All-new Ranger is an impressive package that deserves to do well in what is
fast-becoming a highly-competitive sector of the market. Ford is back at
the top of the pick-up game.
Confira tudo que a Amarok Automática pode fazer.
Ford Ranger pick-up review - CarBuyer
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The Ford Ranger is now in its third generation and this latest model is
designed to offer the most car-like driving experience yet, without
compromising the Ranger's load-carrying or off-road abilities. There are
plenty of body style choices, a good choice of engines and the Ranger even
looks pretty good too.
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Ford Ranger (2012) [HD]
Mit der Neuauflage des Ranger schaltet Ford auf Angriff und bietet den Pick
up nun endlich auch als weltweites Modell an. In 180 Ländern kommt er auf
den Markt. Basismotor in Europa wird der 2,2-Liter Duratorq, der 150 PS und
375 Newtonmeter aktiviert. Daneben wird eine leistungsreduzierten Variante
mit 125 PS angeboten
NEW Ford Ranger 2012.flv
EN: Ford has revealed its new 2012 Ford Ranger pick-up, which launches
15-24/10 in Australian International Motor Show before production begins in
2011. Expected in the European market early 2012.
GR: Στο διεθνές σαλόνι αυτοκινήτου της
Αυστραλίας, που έγινε στο Σίδνεϋ 15 -- 24
Οκτωβρίου, παρουσιάστηκε το νέο Ranger.
Αναμένεται στην ευρωπαϊκή αγορά στις
αρχές του 2012.
5,000hp Devel Sixteen - Crazy V16 Hypercar with 560km/h Top Speed
Crazy doesn't even come close, here's the Devel Sixteen, revealed at the
2013 Dubai International Motor Show. The car claims a bonkers 5,000bhp
offering a top speed of 560km/h, 0-100km/h in just 1.8s via a machine that
looks like a Lamborghini Veneno crossed with Pagani Zonda and Koenigsegg.
What do you make of the claims? Are they wildly optimistic or is something
like this possible? The car was revealed here in front of the Crown Prince
of Dubai who showed some interest in what exactly it was all about by
taking a look inside and out.
Thanks for watching, Tim
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