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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Porsche Sponsors Baby2baby Fundraising Event

Porsche Cars North America sponsored Baby2Baby’s annual black tie gala, recognizing celebrity honoree Kate Hudson. This event marks the premium automaker’s second year of sponsoring Baby2Baby, a non-profit organisation that provides essential children’s gear and clothing to a network of community organisations in LA.

Featured at the event, hosted by actor Will Arnett, was a 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo which contained a full cargo of children’s items and safety gear, including Porsche child safety seats.

“Porsche is honored to once again be part of the Baby2Baby Gala, supporting an organization that positively impacts so many lives in the Los Angeles area, and we applaud Kate Hudson for her personal contributions,” said Cristina Cheever, head of brand and lifestyle public relations of Porsche Cars North America.

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Carrie Bickmore is given a new car

Channel 10's darling Carrie Bickmore has been given a free car by Mitsubishi, just in time for Christmas. And there's no surprises here, she loves it!

According to Bickmore, the new Outlander PHEV is the perfect project for her driving needs which include the daily commute to work, school drop-offs and weekend getaways.

“I need a car that can keep up with me,” says Carrie, “During the week I’m usually making quick trips to and from school and work so I’ll be able to run the car mostly on battery power.

“When I do have a free weekend I like to head out of the city and I’ve never had a car that had the ability to go off-road. That’s what I’m most excited about with the Outlander PHEV.”

Head of Marketing Communications Darrell Jacobs said Carrie Bickmore is a great partner to help spread the word about the Outlander PHEV.

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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

The new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is compact, yet comfortable and all class.

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Presenting new standards of form and functionality, BMW introduces its elite driving dynamics to the premium compact class.

The new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is a versatile five seater available in four models which includes a choice of three petrol and one diesel BMW TwinPower Turbo engines – the 218i Active Tourer ($44,000), the 218d Active Tourer ($47,800), the 220i Active Tourer ($50,900), and the 225i Active Tourer ($54,900).

The four model lineup features front wheel drive allowing a spacious interior compared to its compact looking exterior. With an overall length of just 4342mm, width of 1800mm and height of 1555mm, it is slightly wider and taller than the more rugged BMW X1. From the front, the kidney grill is flanked by twin circular headlights, a sharply raked windscreen and sculpted bonnet. Sharp lines contour the side of the vehicle to the rear-end, highlighting the sophisticated presence of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.

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Kia Cerato Hatch SLi

The Kia Cerato SLi ticks all the boxes. The hatch is attractive both inside and out, comes with loads
of great standard features, and has been awarded a brand new five-star ANCAP safety rating.

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The five-seater Kia Cerato hatch accounts for 70 per cent of all Cerato sales in Australia and it’s not hard to see why. It’s a quintessential city car – not too big and not too small, loads of leg room and comfy seats.

With its sleek lines and low stance one might easily mistake it for one of its European competitors. The 2.0L petrol engine is smooth and powerful, and driving is a pleasure thanks to the finely tuned steering.

The Cerato’s interior is beautifully finished, and comes with an impressive list of standard features. The leather-trim seats are comfortable, the driver has an eight-way adjustable seat, and both front seats are heated. The driver also scores a ventilated seat. Leg room is good in the second row which folds flat 60:40. A rear-facing car seat hardly cramps the front passenger’s leg room at all. The boot is generous and fits a full size pram lying flat.

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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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