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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Skateboarding for Aspergers awareness

Meet Charlie Duncan, an inspirational every day hero who not only rocks, but rolls, all in the name of raising awareness of Aspergers.

Charlie is soon to finish a 1700km journey from Melbourne to Byron Bay, made entirely on a skateboard, to raise funds and awareness for Asperger Services Australia after getting to know the family of a young boy who suffers from the condition.

Founder of  the fundraiser Rolling for Asperger’s, Charlie has been hit by everything from severe pain, cyclonic rain and winds to extreme heat to complete his incredible mission.

Charlie says, “My legs are just about ready to  pack it in now and every day is agony, but I have just enough left in the tank  to make it to Byron Bay tomorrow.”

“Mentally, it’s been so challenging. I cannot  believe I’ve been on the road now for more than three weeks. There’ve been some very tough moments but I just want to finish now and it’s awesome we’ve just hit our fundraising target of ten thousand dollars.”

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A girls guide to buying a preloved car

Just because you’re buying a used car doesn’t mean you should end up with a lemon.

Buying a car is daunting, especially if you’re after a second-hand one because there are a few more factors to consider than when buying a brand-spanking-new one. So we've put together the ultimate 101 girl’s guide to help you drive away with a pre-loved car that you can keep on loving.

The Pros

You’ve done well in choosing to go with a used car because its depreciation rate plateaus after the first year; meaning you might actually be able to afford your dream car – just not a new one. Then there’s also the lower insurance rate for second-hand cars.

Shop Around First, you need to decide which kind of second-hand car you’d like – hatch, sedan, SUV, etc. Read some reviews onlinee, visit a car dealership and read the Classifieds to get an idea of what’s out there.

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Cool as a Kombi

Meet a classic Kombi for cool campers

Calling all Bondi and Byron holiday makers, man-bun and Haviana wearing all-round funkstas and grass-roots fashionistas - have we got the ride for you.

Introducing the world's most expensive Kombi van that just sold for a hipster cool $202,000 at a Late Summer Classic Auction in Melbourne.

The price, called in by a silent telephone bidder, won the ride after a nail biting battle for the classic van, eventually earning a standing ovation from the large crowd packed into Shannons' Melbourne showroom.

Based on the National (and even International) interest it garnered pre-sale, Shannons were quietly confident that the hippie-mobile could exceed its pre-auction guiding range of $120,000 -$140,000 after an arduous five year restoration.

Once the preserve of hippies looking for cheap, live-in transport, early Kombis just kept on getting hippier, attracting a cult following around the world, with some old-school numbers fetching sums as large as six figures at overseas auctions in recent years.

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Martin Benders

Mazda Australia dumbs down on reverse camera

Sometimes in life, someone says something so stupid, so ridiculously moronic, that you actually wish (and hope) you misheard them. Some things can never be unheard. Even worse is when the knuckle-head is in a position of influence and power.

Case study 1: At what should have been a straight-forward press conference held this week to announce a price cut for the new Mazda3; Martin Benders, Managing Director of Mazda Australia defended the lack of a reversing camera in the base model Neo by actually arguing "children shouldn't be in driveways in the first place". Yep, you read that right. And yes, he was fo real.

And when you thought it couldn't possibly get any worse, he followed it up with more gems such as "I expect people who drive cars take care and attention about how they drive cars. Reversing cameras are not infallible. They are more an aid and so are reverse parking sensors."

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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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