Ford - used car research
Top^From 2010 to Now
Released: Oct 2015
Ford might have announced that it would close its Australian manufacturing operations, but its design and engineering arm were kept very busy with the development and design of the Everest seven-seat SUV.
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Released: Feb 2014
FORD released the sixth-generation Transit in early 2014, with the Custom taking care of one-tonne market duties in base 2.93-metre (short) wheelbase and – from June 2014 – 3.3m (long) wheelbase 330L guises.
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Released: Nov 2013
Ford entered the sub-compact SUV segment in late 2013 with its Fiesta-based Indian-built EcoSport crossover that was a rival for the likes of the Holden Trax, Peugeot 2008 and Nissan Juke.
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Released: Mar 2012
Discontinued: Feb 2017
A late and short-lived modern entry to Australia's booming compact SUV market came in the shape of Ford's Kuga, introduced just before its successor was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva motor show.
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Top^From 2000 to 2009
Released: Jan 2007
FORD frankly could not wait to dump the old Courier name and adopt the international Ranger moniker for its new light commercial vehicle range.
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Released: Jun 2004
Ford's first locally built 4WD wagon was loosely based on the BA Falcon project, but introduced a new body and interior, a revised drivetrain and a different front suspension design - quickly winning over critics and SUV buyers alike.
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Released: Apr 2004
The Fiesta dates back three generations to 1976, when it took on European babies like the Renault R5 in the burgeoning light car/supermini class.
Subsequent generations in 1988 and 1995 never made it locally, but Ford Australia finally deemed the Fiesta suitable for us when it acquired a larger 1.6-litre engine and conventional automatic transmission.
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Released: Sep 2002
Five years late and burdened with bearing a sky-high reputation, the Focus found it difficult to fire in Australia when launched in 2002, and barely improved on its dumpy Japanese-made KQ Laser predecessor.
High introduction pricing, a dated cabin and lacklustre entry-level DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engines didn’t help either but the Focus got its mojo in subsequent generations.
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Released: Feb 2001
Both Ford and Mazda co-operated on a light 4WD wagon rival for Toyota's popular RAV4, and the resulting Escape is built alongside its Mazda Tribute twin in Japan.
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Released: Feb 2001
If Ford had waited until the 2005 US Mustang became available it may have had a credible and alluring alternative to the Holden Monaro. As the '01 model stood, it was nothing more than a badly packaged and chest-wigged throwback to the glories of yesteryear. But its lovely 4.6-litre V8 almost made the Mustang's brief return to Australia worthwhile.
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Top^From 1990 to 1999
Released: Nov 1999
Discontinued: Dec 2003
Based on the late 1990s European Ford Fiesta never sold in Australia, the Ford Ka was a styling and dynamic revelation, adding a huge dose of fun and practicality to the hitherto dull baby class. But steep pricing (due in part to a generous specification) and the lack of a five-door and automatic guises scuttled the seriously underrated Ka's chances of finding success.
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Released: Oct 1999
Discontinued: Mar 2004
Based on the first-generation front-wheel drive Mondeo platform, the Cougar came from America as the replacement for the unfortunately named Probe. But despite distinctive styling, long equipment levels and a powerful V6, buyers ignored this particular Cougar to extinction.
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Released: Oct 1996
Discontinued: Dec 2007
Wildly popular in the United States, the Explorer combines a truck-derived platform with a 4WD wagon body, and the result is a strong workhorse. But don't expect car-like refinement here.
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Released: Mar 1996
Discontinued: Sep 1998
In the early 1990s Ford's US head office almost scuttled the Australian-developed Falcon for the second-generation, front-wheel drive Taurus sedan and wagon. Which is just as well since the model bombed spectacularly here.
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Released: Jul 1995
FORD Australia returned to the medium segment in late 2007 with a sleek new Mondeo. As the third-generation Ford to wear the moniker, it is a different car to the last Mondeo which rolled out of showrooms in 2000, with far more interior space, an upgraded interior and more of an emphasis on driving dynamics.
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Released: Jul 1994
Discontinued: Jan 1998
Australia had to wait until the Probe Mk2 of 1994 which was spawned off the MX-6 (the fourth-generation 1991-1997 edition), the Ford differed from its Mazda stablemate by being a three-door hatchback rather than a two-door coupe.
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Released: Oct 1991
Discontinued: Dec 2000
The Festiva was a South Korean-built variation of the first and second-generation Mazda 121 light car, licenced to Kia Motors when Ford had a relationship with it prior to Hyundai's takeover in the late 1990s.
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Top^From 1980 to 1989
Released: Nov 1989
Discontinued: Dec 1992
Nissan and Ford collaborated in bringing the 'Matilda' project to market in Australia, as their respective replacements for the ungainly rear-drive Pintara and expensive Mazda-sourced Telstar. But the front-drive Corsair was a disaster, with sub-standard levels of refinement and quality in a dull and uninspiring package. That it helped brought down Nissan Australia's local manufacturing arm is no surprise - the Corsair was perhaps the worst Ford sold here since the Cortina.
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Released: Oct 1989
Discontinued: Jul 1994
Ford's first exclusively locally made four-seater convertible was based on 1985-1989 Ford Laser running gear, but featured its own body and cabin. If the airbag-related delays that saw the prettier and punchier Mazda MX-5 beat the Capri on the world market didn't happen, then perhaps the car's eventual fate would have been much sunnier.
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Released: May 1983
Discontinued: Nov 1996
Ford's replacement for the rear-drive Cortina was based on the first front-wheel drive Mazda 626 of 1982, but featured different front and rear bodywork as well as a mildly revised interior.
read more about the Ford Telstar
Released: Mar 1981
Discontinued: Aug 2002
Based on the second-generation Mazda 323, the front-wheel drive Laser exploded onto the small-car market in Australia, instantly rendering its mostly rear-drive Toyota Corolla and Holden Gemini foes obsolete, making it a landmark car.
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Top^From 1970 to 1979
Released: Nov 1978
Discontinued: Dec 2006
Based on Mazda's B-series truck, the Courier is a classic case of badge engineering. Only minor visual differentiation occurs between the two, and in either case, there's a vast selection of tough and reliable workhorses on offer.
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Top^From 1960 to 1969
Released: Mar 1967
Discontinued: Dec 2007
Ford single-handedly invented the local long-wheelbase segment in Australia when it had the bright idea of stretching a Falcon, adding a Fairlane badge, throwing in a few extra creature comforts and sticking a steeper sticker price on it to create a unique local luxury car experience.
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Released: Aug 1965
Discontinued: Mar 2008
It took Ford Australia three years to release a suitable competitor to Holden's popular Premier series, after the lacklustre Futura failed to ignite buyer interest. Based on the 1965 XP Falcon, the Fairmont added 'luxury' items as well as its own special trim, and has remained with the series ever since.
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Released: Sep 1960
Ford's response to the all-conquering Holden was to cease sourcing the British Zephyr and instead manufacture the compact US Falcon range in Australia at a new site in the north of Melbourne.
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Model: Falcon Ute
Released: Sep 1960
Ford claims that it invented the coupe-based utility, so the swift appearance of an XK Falcon-based utility was no surprise. And unlike Holden, there's been one available continuously ever since.
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