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Ford F-150 undergoes RHD testing, thousands of Australians line up

Ford Australia said it set to F-150 undergoes more than 135,000 km of extreme endurance testing here, before the redesigned truck makes its local debut in 2023.

The US best-selling car is coming to Australia here with the XLT and Lariat technical grades using a twin-turbo 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 (US outputs 294kW and 680Nm) with a box 10-speed automatic transmission, short wheelbase and long body style.

Blue Oval brand’s Aussie outpost reveals test versions of F-150 has now faced temperatures of -40 to +50 degrees Celsius, towing trailers, mud, ultra-fine sand, water crossing and corrosion tests.

The big rig has also been driven across Ford’s Silver Creek Road endurance racetrack hundreds of times, while many of the world’s “toughest roads” have been reproduced in the lab at Ford’s You Yangs Proving Grounds. Australia – with sanctioned steering, steering, wheels and suspension on the Kinetics and Compliance rig.

Ford Australia maintains a large R&D operation in Australia for global surveillance forest ranger and Everest Moutain project, among others. The You Yangs test site is located in western Victoria, near the city of Geelong.

“As the F-150 hits showrooms in Australia, customers can rest assured that it has been included in the same local endurance program as the Ranger and Everest Next Generation, which, of course, is also the case. left-drive F-150 program experienced in the United States. ,” said Ford Australia Performance and Customization Program Chief Engineer Dave Burn.

“We have tested, tuned and reworked the right-hand drive F-150 so Australian customers know they are getting the full factory F-150 experience. We are doing everything we can to make sure the truck is right at home in Australia.”

Since the plan was announced to bring F-150 to Australia in May this yearFord says it has received more than 8,000 expressions of interest and has received “thousands” of potential orders through dealers – though pricing has yet to be disclosed.

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A left-to-right-hand drive version of the remanufactured F-150 pickup truck will be available at local Ford showrooms in mid-2023, at which point it will be rebuilt. local meter (to the right hand drive) ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

Ford blamed strong sales of the Silverado and Ram for the decision to bring the F-Series back to Australia after nearly two decades. U.S. full-size pickup truck sales have skyrocketed since 2018 and Blue Oval doesn’t want to miss the opportunity.

The F-150 will be remanufactured right-hand drive by RMA Automotive at a facility in Mickleham, Victoria. Vehicles will be covered by a 5-year unlimited km warranty and will be sold and serviced through the Ford Australia dealer network.

Ford obviously knows about the F-150 Hybrid, raptorV8 and electric lightning option. Bringing them to Australia is not ruled out, but only if the remanufacturing process is established and the need for EcoBoost is proven.

competitor

Ram Trucks Australia posted another record month in November – in terms of both local right-hand drive remanufacturing and retail sales.

Ram International Director Bob Graczyk, who visited Melbourne recently to see the production facility expand, said demand had “absolutely exceeded our expectations”.

The newly expanded Melbourne Manufacturing facility – operated by Walkinshaw – was tasked with redesigning the Rams to be right-hand drive, having produced 900 of the brand’s pickups in November.

To date, Ram trucks have sold 5520 vehicles (up 54.3 percent), bringing it right up to the 6000-vehicle mark for the year. This YTD tally puts it ahead of Hino and Land Rover, while the November results place it ahead of Jeep, a fellow Stellantis brand.

During the same period, rival Chevrolet – was sold by General Motors Special Vehicle (GMSV) and converted for another newly opened Walkinshaw facility in Melbourne – delivered 2045 Silverados.

GMSV has recorded 5000 right-hand drive Chevrolet Silverados for buyers in Australia and New Zealand after two years – and expects production to “increase significantly” going forward as demand for pickup trucks in America boomed.

With the success of Ram and Chevy and the big plans of Ford, other competitors are rushing into the fray. Toyota Australia plans to sell redesigned Tundras locally here in the near future, with their difference being a hybrid engine.

Local redesign project tundra right-hand drive switches (they are only made in the US factory with left-hand drive) are a world first from Toyota and if all goes according to plan will bring the local department of the company something to go above and beyond HiLux and LandCruiser 300 . Series.

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