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pickup twins, the Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50, and Subaru show­ing a Forester WRX-style con­cept that will be con­verted into a tur­bocharged head­liner for show­rooms next year.

‘‘To­day is our most sig­nif­i­cant mo­tor show ever,’’ said Ford Aus­tralia’s pres­i­dent Marin Burela on open­ing day.

‘‘Aus­tralia is play­ing a key role in the global Ford prod­uct story. To­day’s show is the spring­board to the fu­ture.’’

His ver­dict is backed by Mazda Aus­tralia man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and chair­man of the mo­tor show or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee Doug Dick­son.

‘‘This show is dif­fer­ent. It’s time for a con­tem­po­rary ap­proach,’’ Dick­son says.‘‘It presents the very best the global mo­tor in­dus­try has to of­fer.’’

The show fin­ishes on Sun­day.

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