Ford builds a mountain for Everest at Fieldays
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Ford New Zealand’s exhibits have always been a highlight at Fieldays, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest agricultural event, and they’re raising the bar once again in 2016.This year, Ford is taking a brand new direction at Fieldays – they’ve created what’s sure to be an unparalleled driving experience, on a course that includes a mountain, a bridge, and a tunnel!
Attendees to Fieldays this year will be able to test out the new Ford Everest Titanium at the ‘Ford Everest Off the Grid Experience’ – a uniquely designed driving track where professional drivers will guide attendees through a range of off-road experiences, including a mountain, a bridge, a tunnel, water wading and axle articulation holes.
After spending several years focusing on its top-selling Ranger ute, the Ford exhibit will showcase Ford’s newest SUV model, the Ford Everest, which made its public debut at Fieldays in 2015.
The new Ford Everest is a hugely versatile SUV that is equally at home in busy urban traffic and in the most extreme off-road environments New Zealand has to offer. Its unique blend of tough capability and exceptional on-road comfort will go far beyond what our customers have come to expect from a seven-seat SUV.
At Fieldays this year, attendees will get the chance to experience that out for themselves, with Ford launching the “Everest Off the Grid Experience”, a uniquely designed driving track where professional drivers will guide attendees through a range of off-road experiences, including a mountain with a 45˚ incline, a bridge, a tunnel, water wading and axel articulation holes.
The course is designed to showcase the outstanding off-road capability of the all new Ford Everest, including features such as Hill Descent Control, an 800mm water-wading capability, 225mm ground clearance, four-mode terrain select system, and electronic rear differential lock.
With a rugged, heavily sculpted exterior that reflects its unshakeable toughness and premium design, the new Everest blends strength, smart features and style to bring consumers a truly capable and versatile SUV – a vehicle that’s equally at home on the clock or off the grid. While making no compromises on refinement and comfort, the Everest also embodies Ford’s fun-to-drive DNA with rewarding and dynamic off-road handling.
“The Everest has the off-road capabilities of the Ranger, and was designed from the ground up with the durability to take on the most inhospitable environments,” said Simon Rutherford, Managing Director of Ford New Zealand. “But it’s an incredibly versatile and refined vehicle that is equally at home on-road and in urban environments, with a range of intuitive and practical technologies that make it one of the smartest vehicles in its segment.”
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The event will also be one of New Zealand’s first public appearances of the highly anticipated all-new 2016 Ford Focus RS. The high-performance 2016 Focus RS boasts maximum power of 257 kW / 440 Nm from its specially tuned 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine. The 2016 Ford Focus RS won Car of the Year at the prestigious 2016 Vehicle Dynamics International (VDI) Awards, and was named Top Gear Magazine’s 2016 Car of the Year.
Also sharing the pavilion will be the entire Ford NZ range of vehicles, including the All New Ford Mustang GT, Ford Ranger XLT, Ford Mondeo Titanium, Ford Territory Titanium, the Kuga Ambiente and Titanium, Fiesta Sport, EcoSport Trend and Transit Custom. Ford New Zealand head office staff and Ford dealership representatives from around the country will be on hand to answer any questions.