Ranger retains top slot
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Ford Ranger was not only the top-selling ute,with 729 sold during June, it also knocked the Toyota Corolla from its position as the best-selling new vehicle so far this year.
The national sales manager for Ford New Zealand, Jerry Delaney, says the company is confident the Ranger will continue its run through the rest of the year as the current model was replaced by a new one from next month.
“Given Kiwis’ love of utes and for the Ranger in particular, we’ll see a solid finish at the end of the year for the Ford Ranger,” he said.
“Regardless of sales numbers and position though, when you look at what Kiwis are actually buying and driving as opposed to new car sales to rental companies, the Ford Ranger is far and away the number one choice in New Zealand. It’s what Kiwis are driving – one just needs to look around our roads.”
The new Ranger would feature a new look front end, and a smart and functional new interior, and would include Ford’s SYNC 2, the latest generation of Ford’s in-car connectivity system.
Using natural voice commands, like “temperature 20 degrees”, “play AC/DC” or “I’m hungry”, the driver could control the car’s climate controls, entertainment system and navigation system more easily. An eight-inch touchscreen places more controls at the driver’s fingertips, with color-coded corners for easy menu navigation.