Ford Australia believes it has succeeded in creating the best mid-size pickup trucks and body-on-frame SUVs on sale anywhere in the world with the new Ranger, Everest and (not for Australia at this time) Bronco… and Ford’s top management in America know this.
Exceeding the expectations of senior executives from Dearborn to Detroit, the result also paves the way for further design and engineering projects for Melbourne-based staff, including upcoming variants based on the T6.2, as well as work on other new secret models in the future.
Talk to Cars Guide Late last month, Detroit-based Ford Performance chief engineer Carl Widmann revealed that the reputation and experience of the Ford Australia team behind the T6.2 project should keep them in good stead for years to come. coming.
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“All of them are extremely talented working in this space and with the parts they have,” he told Australian media in late March during an aerial tour to check on the progress of the T6.2 Raptor as well as other global players. The Ford Performance products that the Ford Australia team helps bring to market around the world.
“He’s creating the next generation…we know he’ll have a third generation of this product, a fourth generation of another, a second generation of yet another.
“We’ve all been very focused on getting three totally different vehicles done within 12 months, and there’s a huge amount of learning that’s being shared.”
Ford Australia Chief Engineer Ian Foston agrees, adding that his team’s craftsmanship and drive have helped shape a range of wildly different, world-class vehicles from the home room. Australian version of the T6.2, offering exceptional flexibility and versatility for the widest range possible. spectrum of consumer needs around the world.
“The swathe of how we’ve put together the platform is really a testament to the confidence Ford’s US management team has in the work that’s been done here in Australia,” he said. declared. Cars Guide late last month.
“We’re taking care of what we classify as our lowest value customers with a Ranger that can do all the work it needs to do, until what we’re seeing now is a more car-like luxury experience, the both the Ranger and Everest in our premium vehicles like the Wildtrak and Platinum (respectively).
“Also, we went the other way also on the performance side – so on the fun side, on the play side, with the Ford Performance Ranger Raptor.”
Mr. Foston added that the success of the T6.2 teams in achieving their goals is particularly remarkable given the limited resources on offer at a time of unprecedented challenges, particularly over the past two years, some of which have required significant personal sacrifices during extremely difficult times. limitations.
“The thing I’m most proud of, what I want to clarify, is that we did all of this from one platform with all of our bandwidth,” he explained.
“And coupled with the kind of technology that we put in there with the center display and the cluster, and Raptor comes with all the driver assist technology that all Ford products get…like cruise control adaptive… we offer a vehicle without compromise.
“(Taking the Raptor as an example), it’s a vehicle that you can drive through the desert, and all the technology available to take you into the desert and then bring you back safely.”