Just wanted to give you all the opportunity to test drive the new Territory if you haven't already driven one. I'm at Power Ford in Castle Hill and we have both a RWD Ghia and an AWD Ghia to drive from today onwards (6/5/04) so just give us a call on 9680-4799 and ask for Matthew Wright, let us know you're form the FordForums and book and come in for a drive!!
If you're in the southern end of Sydney then a quick call to Dean Mijatovski at Peter Warren Special in Smithfield on 8724-1171 wouldn't go astray to get you into a drive with RATT, again just let him know who you are and we're both happy to take anyone for a rive who's interested!!!
Just had been dowsn to Sinclair Fords Penrith NSW and they have 2. AWD ghia and TX RWD 7 seater. Even to It ws obvious iwasnt buying, the sales guy let me take the TX for a quick drive. Im impressed!
The engine is quiet, the ride is smooth and comfy, theres HEAPS of room in row two and row 3 is Ok too! It gets along OK too. I mean its no XR8 but it is nice to drive.
Theres soem body roll when you punt it hard into dast corners, after all its heavy with high C-of-G, but its nothing remarkable.
Ive driven Kia Carnivals, Hyundai Trajet, Prado, Pajero as well as falc-commy-magna-camrys, and after the Falcon THIS gets my vote.
Couple of things I didnt like the rear Tailgate, it opensfine but it seems to have TOO much lift assistance and would be hard for lightly built people (ok weaker ladies) to close), and it isa bit plasticy, but for the price it feels great to drive. ITs the only non sedan (non falcon-commy-magna-camry) i could live with and smile every day.
Mrs RAPTOR hadn't laid eyes on one before, she also had a drive, and she loves it.
I've been told to just get one - you only live once.
The little RAPTOR's (aged 9 & 6) think it's great.
Quote from the 6y/o " Dad, this is the greatest car ever, it's got places for gadgets everywhere" and the 9y/o "Can I sleep in here with the seats down when we go camping"
I was very pleased that, as Wheels have said, it lives up to the hype. The ride and handling are sensational. We drove an AWD GHIA but there was also a RWD TX to look at. As we were in the AWD and expressed an interest in using it on forest tracks, camping and fishing trips etc we were directed to some vacant farmland nearby. It handled the roughish dirt tracks without the slightest hint of being harsh, this thing really rides well, but what really impressed was the optional 'Hill Descent Control' as we were instructed how to activate it and told to drop off into the adjacent gully - no problem, no slip, no drama! Then down the gully turn around and asked to power up the same steep section we had just driven down - which had washout, loose gravel and was damp from last nights rain. This time the Traction Control did it's thing and up we went, again no slip, no drama. As the salesman explained (who just happens to be a long-term 4WD club member with a modified Cruiser) Ford have really excelled in this area. Territory is the vehicle of choice for those with no off-road experience but want to give it a try and all without sacrificing anything on road.
As I said, I'm RAPT! What's that slogan used by the dark side?
It just keeps getting better and it's just launched! This was taken from carpoint.com today!
Ford's $500million Territory family wagon has secured its first award two months before it even hits showrooms. The Territory, which goes on sale June 1, has won the Australiua Design Award for 2004, beating Holden's flexible Commodore platform, the Victorian Booze bus and Qantas' Skybed business class seats.
Ford Australia's VP of product development, Trevor Worthingto, accepted the award from the governor-general of Australia, Major General Michael Jeffery at a gala dinner in Sydney last week. "This award is another great reward for the long hours put in by a dedicated team of designers and engineers in coming up with the landmark Territory vehicle," Worthington said.
He said the award was not unexpected, and meant a lot to the employees of Ford Australia. "Everyone working on Territory knew they were contributing to a groundbreaking design that combines the nimbleness and agility of a car, the versatility of an SUV with the seating flexibility of a people mover.
"It's extremely satisfying to have the hard work of the entire Ford Australia team recognised with the highest award on offer."
Previous winners of the Australian Design Award include the Hills Hoist, the Victa lawn mower, the winged keel and the Dolphin torch. Find out more about the award at its website, http://www.designawards.com.au/home
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COMING THEN GOING SOON:ED Futura Sedan, Gunmetal respray, superlows, camber kit, BA 17's rep's & ED Ghia interior, 20% tint, shift kit, exhaust + stereo & whatever else comes to mind! Then will be up 4 sale!
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