Bring in the New Year with Ford

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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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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.

Style & Drive

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.

Style & Drive

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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Happy new Ford!
entertainment

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:

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Mazda Launches the All-New Mazda2

There was no place you'd rather be in Melbourne on Tuesday night when Mazda celebrated the launch of its All-New Mazda2 with an event fit for the who's who of celeb-u-types.

The star-studded guest list included the likes of gorgeous Carissa Walford, our mate the divine Dan OConner, Rob Mills and Lauren Phillips who MC'd the event.

Entertainment included the winner of this years The Voice Anja Nissen (sorry about that last name, Mazda) who drove home her new debut single "I'm so Excited" to the crowd hoping they would catch on.

Solidly delivering the auto meets fashion association was Myer who showcased styles from Ellery, White Suede, Arthur Galan and Aurelio Costarella delivered via installations that combined cars with white jackets and scary mannequins dressed up as art that could have been borrowed from said department store.

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Mitsubishi ASX 2.0L Petrol 2WD

16-February-2012

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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.

Safety
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).

Service
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.

Eco
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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