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TERRITORY TESTED ONLINE, ON TV AND MAGAZINE
Seven cars, 11 people and a total of 25,000km later, is Ford's all-new Territory a true Aussie car for all Australian conditions?
CarPoint Australia has joined forces with Channel 9's The Car Show and 4X4 Australia magazine to test Ford's $500 million Territory crossover vehicle in the most brutal and beautiful landscape on earth, the unforgiving Australian Outback.
The epic round trip from Melbourne via Cameron Corner and the Oodnadatta Track took seven days to complete and covered some of the harshest terrain Southern Australia has to offer, including the blisteringly hot and barren Strzelecki Desert. It will be the basis for an entire episode of The Car Show in early July, will feature heavily on CarPoint throughout July and grace the pages of 4X4 Australia's September edition.
CarPoint's Glenn Butler explains the reasons behind the tri-media Outback epic.
"Ford threw down the challenge when it claimed the Territory SUV is a combination of passenger wagon, four-wheel drive and people mover. We decided to see how capable it is at each of these very different disciplines, starting with four-wheel driving."
But a simple Outback journey would be far too easy for the newest 'All-Australia vehicle', so it was decided to throw four of Territory's fiercest competitors into the mix. Now, it must not only tame the rugged Aussie Outback but also see off challenges from the Toyota Kluger and LandCruiser Prado, the Mitsubishi Pajero and the only other Aussie-built 4WD, the Holden Adventra.
Two support vehicles joined the group carrying seven extra spare tyres, 160 litres of emergency fuel, camera equipment and The Car Show's production team.
The cars and crew left Melbourne one bitterly cold Sunday morning in June and reached Cameron Corner via Broken Hill and the fabled Silver City highway. From there it was goodbye to the bitumen and on to Tibooburra, the last town for days.
Cameron Corner -- where the states of Queensland, NSW and SA all meet -- provided only a momentary respite and much needed fuel stop before plunging into the rock strewn Strzelecki Desert.
After broken alloy wheels, flat tyres, smashed under-body guards, cracked windscreens, waterlogged claypans, treacherous sand dunes and boggy dirt tracks the group emerged from the desert at Lyndhurst -- only to turn their nose at the southern bitumen road to Adelaide and head north, back into the Outback on the famed Oodnadatta track.
Every aspect of the five cars' dynamic abilities were thoroughly tested over hundreds of kilometres of vicious dirt corrugations, sharp desert rocks, soft sand and bulldust, muddy bog holes and sucking claypans. Stringent fuel consumption records were kept as each of the five judges racked up time and kilometres in every car.
And the results will definitely surprise you.
Catch all the action of Outback Attack in the following issues:
-- Online Monday June 28
The Car Show -- Channel 9, Midday Saturday July 03
4X4 Australia -- September 2004 issue, on sale 4 August, 2004