THE Ford Ranger is already the UK’s best-selling pick-up on the market, so how do you better an already winning formula? Well, you hand it over to the Ford Performance division of the blue oval badged marque for them to create, well, a performance pick-up. It may sound a bonkers idea, however, the aptly titled Raptor, takes its inspiration from Dakar-style rally specials and is based upon the US F-150 Raptor. With race-bred suspension, motorsport dampers and a strengthened chassis to improve on and off-road driving, there’s currently nothing like it on the market that combines rugged off-road capabilities and fine on-road handling. And Ford expect 10 per cent of Ranger sales to be generated from the Raptor because of its unique qualities. The new four-wheel-drive Raptor’s funky styling stands out from the crowd. Its flared wheel arches house 17in black alloys with large unique BF Goodrich tyres. It’s longer, wider and taller than the standard Ranger, with … [Read more...] about The Ford Ranger Raptor is a flying machine
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Mark Phelan Detroit Free Press Published 2:23 PM EDT Jun 19, 2019 SKAMANIA COUNTY, Washington – Hypesters and hucksters have drained the term “clean sheet of paper” of much meaning when it comes to new products, but it applies to the 2020 Ford Explorer SUV. Ford has scrapped the formula that made the three-row, family-carrying Explorer one of its most popular models for a decade and created an SUV whose engineering has more in common with vehicles from BMW and Mercedes than traditional competitors from Chevrolet, Honda and Toyota. Based on a couple of days driving on- and off-road in Oregon and Washington, the result is a comfortable interior, strong performance and appealing features. The 2020 Explorer should be on sale any day now. Ford’s assembly plant in Chicago is shipping them to dealers, but Ford can’t sell them until it gets a certified fuel economy rating from the EPA. A change in drive and engine direction The new Explorer has a … [Read more...] about Ford Explorer offers RWD for safer, high performance drive
Ford Kuga THE continued success of Ford’s Kuga in the upper reaches of the sales charts is perhaps more of a reflection of just how strongly the rising tide of SUV demand is lifting all comers than it is of any particular superiority on its part. According to registration figures from industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the Kuga was the single most popular model in Northern Ireland during last month. It pipped the Hyundai Tucson - another family SUV fixture at the top of the tables - to number one, and left other, fresher, rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai, Volkswagen Tiguan and Kia Sportage trailing in its wake. It’s a similar picture in the year-to-date figures. SMMT data shows that the Kuga is the third most popular new car of 2019 in Northern Ireland - a highly respectable performance considering the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Fiesta are in first and second place respectively. Nor is Northern Ireland an outlier when it comes to the Kuga’s … [Read more...] about Ford popular
Michelle Maltais USA TODAY Published 4:36 PM EDT Apr 26, 2019 Sure, we know that Tesla brought sexy back – its lineup is literally S, 3, X, Y. What is actually "sexy" to me is this car being in reach for more than just the super wealthy with more tens of thousands to spare than I could dream of. I've been more the target for cars like the Honda CR-V and Toyota Corolla. Still, I've long admired Teslas' sleek look, innovation and the complete detachment from L.A.'s $4 gas. But that was definitely from a very disengaged distance, not really daring to aspire to drive let alone own one myself. That changed in December. At the end of 2018, my husband and I got our his-and-hers Model 3s for Christmas, fulfilling his dream to prove me wrong. (When he pitched the idea when the Model 3 was first announced, I told him he was kidding. It wasn't a question.) Initially an experience reserved for the luxury buyer, owning a Tesla is now comparable to a … [Read more...] about Tesla: Could family’s new Model 3s pay for themselves as robotaxis?
Welcome to our weekly Jaguar Land Rover news digest, in which we share stories about Britain’s biggest car maker from a variety of news outlets. With the Coventry company in the spotlight like never before pretty much everything is deemed to be newsworthy right now and there is no shortage of coverage. CoventryLive has been setting the agenda this week with a thought-provoking piece which collated the views of some industry experts on what the company needs to do to bounce back, given the challenges it is currently facing. This came in the wake of the release of full year sales figures for the car maker, which revealed sales globally had fallen. It was not all bad news on the sales front though, with UK, North American and other overseas markets sales on the increase. Elsewhere one financial analyst reckoned any chance of a Jaguar Land Rover flotation on the stock market was still a long way off, given the ongoing uncertainty over Brexit. Talking of Brexit, there were many … [Read more...] about JLR digest: Verdicts on the future and latest sales figures