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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Kerry-Anne Kennerley

Interview with Kerri-Anne Kennerley

Kerri-Anne Kennerley needs no introduction. A doyenne of television, she is as professional as she is personable.

Ageless, fearless and with a fabulous sense of humour and fun that never seems to dull, KAK is well known to lending her hand to charities and her latest association is a welcome addition to the automotive world.

An ambassador for Kumho Tyres Pink Fitters Day 2015, KAK is helping the McGrath Foundation to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia along with awareness of safety regarding tyre care.

Kumho Tyres’ Pink Fitters Day is the company’s major community initiative that sees tyre dealerships Australia-wide fundraise for the McGrath Foundation by turning pink for the day.

Kumho Tyres is a long-term friend of the McGrath Foundation and has donated over $500,000.

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The Chevy CoDriver

Chevy's Virtual Genius

A common complaint regarding the car buying experience is that the dealership leaves a lot to be desired at the lot. And so in an effort to freshen things up and get customers excited about getting into the car yard, USA brand Chevy called in the tech'perts to create a unique virtual automotive experience called CoDriver.

CoDriver works a little like the plot from Arnold Schwarzenegger's character in Total Recall (less the memory loss and wifey Sharon Stone); car buyers take a seat in the Chevrolet vehicle they may wish to purchase and after securing a pair of goggles, are instantly transported to some place they'd rather be to experience the car's driving capabilities in unprecedented detail. Following their exciting in-car experience, the consumer has the option to share their drive with others on social media.

The experience combines Oculus Rift DK2 with both CGI and purpose shot 360 degree 12K resolution video footage, with 3D positional sound recording and in-car vibration simulation, all enabled by mounting a Chevrolet Colorado with a range of the latest technology.

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Rocket Zot's parents

What's in a name?

Poor Lara Bingle can't take a trick. She finally meets the man of her dreams in Sam Worthington, falls pregnant and gives birth to (by all accounts) a perfectly healthy baby boy and the media still find a way to dampen her joy by way of mocking her choice of name, Rocket Zot Worthington.

Sure, Sam and Lara have decided on the road less travelled in christening their newborn son with a unique name however, it can't compete with Gwyneth Paltrow's Apple, Christina Aguilera's Summer Rain or Pete Wentz's Saint Lazslo now can it?

As crazy as these names may be, the car industry has a long and sordid history of bad choices in naming newly released models.

Who knows what the marketing managers were thinking in naming the Honda That's (yep, that is The That's), The Wingle from the Chinese brand The Great Wall, The Lettuce from Mitsubishi, and the Isuzu's 'Light Dump'.

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Pizza Man Dan

A Pepperoni Pizza Corvette

So you love cars. You have a lot of dough and you really love pizza. So what's a guy to do other than the bleeding obvious? You wrap your car in pepperoni. As you do.

This sizzling hot pepperoni covered Corvette stole a pizza our hearts after appearing at the cheesy Annual International Pizza Expo event in Las Vegas last week- attended by an army of 10,000 other pizza owners, makers and enthusiasts - all there for a slice of the action. 

The delectable vehicle is owned by Dan Collier who makes his crust running restaurant chain Pizza ManDan’s, located in Ventura County, California. And just when we thought his pizza themed car couldn't be topped, we found out he also wore a pair of pizza-printed sneakers to kick his way around the expo.

Many may think Dan a weirDOUGH, however there was mushroom for even more pizza-themed silliness at the convention, including a pizza ice-cream cone, a whiskey salami flavoured pizza, pizza tossing and pizza box assembling competitions.

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Mitsubishi ASX 2.0L Petrol 2WD


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Mitsubishi has blended the best of both worlds with their city-sized 5-seater SVU, the ASX (Active Smart Crossover). The car is small enough to negotiate a crowded Westfield car park without endangering any lives, and you can comfortably take it out of the city without worrying about whether you’re going to make it if you decide to take that bumpy, scenic route to your destination.

I test drove the Mitsubishi ASX 2.0L Petrol 2WD CVT automatic ($28,490) with Luxury Package (+$3,700), and discovered that bigger is not always necessarily better when it comes to an SUV.

Style & Drive
At first glance the ASX looks sleek, smart, and promising… and the drive does not disappoint. It handles well in the city as well as on the highway where you get a smooth ride. In the auto version I test drove, the car slid through the gear changes with relative ease and power while negotiating hills, heavy traffic and highways. The ASX is nimble while attempting to negotiate a tight parking spot (especially with the assistance of the reverse parking camera), and rear vision is good.

The interior is attractive, with a user-friendly dash, plenty of leg room, and comfy seats. The ASX 2WD comes standard with a 110kW/197Nm 2.0-litre petrol engine, cruise control, climate control air-conditioning, and a 4-speaker CD/MP3 player with USB and iPod connectivity. To sweeten the deal, the Luxury pack (for an extra $3,700) includes Bluetooth, steering wheel mounted audio controls, reverse parking sensors, 17” alloy wheels, leather seat trim with heated front seats, power driver seat, an electro chromatic mirror with reversing camera, front fog lamps, and a chrome exterior package (fog lamp bezel, radiator grille surround, belt line moulding). The only thing that seemed cheap was the indicators which required a heavy touch to use, and made a loud clunk while changing gears or operating the windscreen wipers.

The ASX scored a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, and comes with seven airbags, including front, front side, full-length curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag. The ASX also boasts Hill Start Control (HSC), Active Stability Control (ASC), Active Traction Control (ATC), an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).

Mitsubishi provides its industry leading warranty on all ASX vehicles, including a comprehensive five year/130,000 km whole vehicle warranty, backed up by its 10 year/160,000 km powertrain warranty and a five year/130,000 kilometre roadside assistance package.

Fuel consumption: 7.7L/100km manual, 7.9L/100km auto.
CO2 emission: 181g/km manual, 185g/km auto.

Describe the car in 3 words
Attractive, versatile, nifty.

What are the best things about this car?
It’s an SUV that doesn’t make you feel like you’re plowing a giant tank through the crowded city streets.

What are the downsides of this car?
For an SUV the boot really isn’t all that huge.

What kind of petrol does it use?
Unleaded petrol.

Liked it?
Yes! For an urban soul who occasionally likes to escape for a weekend away it’s a great car that works perfectly for all occasions… Just be careful how much you pack!!


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