|The Ranger slipped out from under a Ford-blue suspended container, amid smoke, loud music and special lighting. A full dose of both "yee" and "ha".|
|The BT-50's glide to earth was much more serene.|
What's this thing Ford and stablemate Mazda have about trucks emerging from the sky? At the world launch of the new Ranger at the old shipbuilding facility on Cockatoo Island, Sydney, the new truck emerged from the bottom of a suspended-in-mid-air container, while at the motor show a couple of days later, the Mazda BT-50 glided to earth through a flock of origami birds.
|That plastic shield's going to be gone before lunchtime on the first trail and the intercooler still hangs low in the nose, waiting to be whacked.|
|Mazda loves the nose but will it appeal to the 'real men' who buy most utes?|
|Will Ranger, BT-50 have lost their top torque status to Nissan before they even hit town?|
The Ranger will be sold in some 180 markets, the BT-50 somewhat fewer. The two main markets that miss out will be the US and Canada.
|Thoughtful feature from Ford for those who might carry power equipment under a canopy, a 12v outlet built into the optional tray liner.|
|The Ranger interior looks pretty decent … and look where they've put the handbrake after, like, a zillion years.|