Bring in the New Year with Ford


Ford have a big new model line up in 2015 and to celebrate, have teamed up with the City of Sydney to ring in the New Year with a bang.

As an associate partner for this year’s Sydney New Year’s Eve, Ford is pulling out the party favours with all our favourite Aussie music entertainment along with an iconic Mustang to entertain the crowd at key Sydney Harbour vantage points.

The Mustang and music will be centre stage at the world’s most spectacular New Year’s Eve event attended by 1.6 million people and viewed by more than a billion globally. Now that's some mighty fine product placement.

“The theme for  2014 Sydney New Year’s Eve is ‘Inspire,’ which is a perfect fit for the future of our brand – especially with the arrival of Mustang as people see the car as a way to explore their dreams and the freedom of the open road,” said Bob Graziano, Ford of Australia President and CEO.

It's a matter of out with the old and in with the new in 2015 as the company plans to refresh its entire line-up by 2017. In addition to the new Mustang, the new vehicles include:

2015 Ford Mondeo:

The all-new, stylish and technologically advanced Mondeo mid-size sedan arrives early in 2015.  The new Mondeo will feature at least 10 advanced not available on the Camry, including a diesel model that will be more fuel efficient than Camry Hybrid.

2015 Ford Kuga:

The newly launched Ford Kuga will be freshened in early 2015 with new EcoBoost technology available, including the 2-litre EcoBoost engine on high series which offers more power than Toyota’s RAV-4. 2015.

Ford Focus:

A freshened version of the popular car nameplate arrives in the middle of the year and will include a refreshed performance model of the Focus ST. 2015.

Ford Everest:

The Australian designed and engineered Everest is a technologically advanced, stunningly capable and refined seven-seat SUV that will be launched in 2015.

2015 Ford Ranger:

A freshened version of the tough, capable and Australian-created Ranger will arrive in 2015 to build on its momentum after cutting Toyota Hilux’s sales lead by 38 per cent since 2011.

And there's even more to get excited about with Ford giving you the chance to enter to win tickets to the New Years party. Starting tomorrow, fans are invited to head to the Ford Australia Facebook page and share their most adventurous New Year’s resolutions by uploading a photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #FordNYE to win.

Three winners will receive flights, accommodation, and exclusive tickets for themselves and three friends at the coveted location, one of the best vantage spots to watch Sydney’s New Year’s Eve.

In addition, one grand prize winner will also win the chance to help make his or her adventurous resolution come true2. Entries close December 18. Australians are also encouraged to follow all the action from the evening by following #FordNYE and #SydNYE.

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The original Holden Sandman

Re-enter Sandman

If you haven't yet noticed, when it comes to automotive, retro is so in right now. Proving this point is Holden who are bringing back the iconic 70's Sandman.

Rewind back to 1974 when Daddy Cool was on high rotation, the stable diet was MOOVE milk and a Chiko Roll and everyday life was not unlike an episode of Puberty Blues. Included in the mix was the car du jour - the Holden Sandman. As Aussie as they come, no doubt coining the phrase 'if this van is rocking, don't come knocking', these hot wheels was as common around the beaches of OZ as crabs.

Breathing life back into the Sandman sin-bin, Holden is relaunching a 2015 Sandman Special Edition, derived from the award winning VF Commodore SV6 and the sporty SS-V, and is available as a ute and sleek Sportwagon. Whilst this Sandman is new and improved, retained is the orange shage pile rug of yesteryear and just like crabs, Holden are betting the love of this car is hard to shake.

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What's the Tyre Dealio?

We all get that urge to splurge but strangely, it’s never when we’re shopping for tyres. $20 for avo on toast at brunch? Sure! 50% off those designer sunnies we’ve been lusting after for ages? Go on then, let’s have them. But tyres? TYRES? No.

Handily, the lovely bods at Bridgestone Tyres are on our wavelength - they know we’d rather spend our hard-earned cash on more exciting things, so for a limited time only are offering an amazing four tyres for the price of three* on selected products!

This wallet-friendly offer includes their performance Potenza, touring Turanza and fuel saving Ecopia ranges. Save money as well as the planet? Yes please!

Oh, and yes, we know, we know, replacing worn tyres isn’t at the top of any of our spend lists but when the time comes it’s a matter of safety - and that tops everyone’s priorities.

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PHEV Fever

Mitsubishi are getting their eco-on with the release of the new Outlander PHEV. A family car with a conscience, this green car is red hot featuring an advanced Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) propulsion system giving the Outlander PHEV a fuel consumption of 1.9 litres/100km.

Affordable and user-friendly, the PHEV electric is the perfect family car, boasting a spacious five seat interior, medium-sized SUV practicality and four-wheel drive capability.

PHEV fan, TV personality and  environmental sustainability advocate Barry Du Bois is the latest star to get behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid SUV.

More commonly known as the popular host  of the Network Ten's The Living Room, Barry loves the Outlander PHEV as it offers advanced fuel-saving technology in a practical, family-sized SUV.

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The 2015 Subaru Forester

Subaru gets dirty on the weekends with the Forester

Love a bit of action on the weekend? Don't mind your car turning 50 shades of grey? It's time to check out the new Subaru Forester.

Subaru's best-selling model ever in Australia, the Forester is also one of the most awarded and loved vehicles in the automotive landscape.

Launched in 1997, it established itself as a firm favourite in the Australian market – think perfect weekender and come Monday, its up and ready for a city work trip or the school drop off.

According to Nick Senior, Managing Director, Subaru Australia, the Forester is popular with everyone from the P-platers, to active singles to action families thanks to its versatility.

"Unlike four wheel drives (the Forester) is totally at home on the Monday-to-Friday commute, or the school run.

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Madonna (and her squoobs) Make a Comeback


The Queen of reinvention strikes again

The Queen of reinvention strikes again

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Madonna had us worried for a while there. The world went Gaga and our favourite Material Girl seemed to slink back into the shadows. Nobody had heard ‘boo’ from her and now suddenly, she’s everywhere! She’s winning a Golden Globe (but not winning any popularity contests for those unseemly squoobs), she’s directed an acclaimed film, ‘W.E.’ and now she’s adding another album to her discography of dance hits.

MDMA (a naughty reference to the party drug of dirty dance floors) is due for release on March 26th and is sure to push boundaries even Gaga hasn’t thought of. And that's really saying something. The first single, ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’ will hit airwaves February 4th and features pop protégé Nicki Minaj (think Madonna meets a bubble gum machine) and M.I.A. It’s catchy (if not a bit too catchy) and certainly proves why Madge is still the undisputable Queen of Pop.

The music video for ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’ airs live on American Idol on February 3 and is sure to go viral sooner. The clip features a football and cheerleader theme, a nod to Madonna’s Half Time Entertainment hot spot at the upcoming Super Bowl. As long as she doesn’t pull a Janet Jackson ‘wardrobe malfunction’ we’ll be happy. We’ve seen enough of Madge's squoobs for one comeback, thanks.


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