Alit­tle Goa

Ford’s im­pres­sive In­dian-built baby SUV makes its de­but

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News - NEIL DOWLING neil.dowling@cars­guide.com.au

SHRINK­ING car mar­kets are the per­fect place for Ford’s new baby SUV, the EcoSport, to sur­vive. The Fi­esta-based high-riser, built in In­dia and due here in De­cem­ber, is the re­sult of a sud­den and un­ex­pected mar­ket U-turn that is some­times called ‘‘ the next big thing’’. Even though it’s not.

Small SUVs aren’t new but the new breed is now find­ing an ac­cept­ing mar­ket. Aus­tralia will host seven new baby SUVs be­fore June 2014. The Ford EcoSport is among them.

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Ford Aus­tralia says the car will be ‘‘ very com­pet­i­tive’’ in the new seg­ment so ex­pect an en­try-level

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