F-150 BETTER LEFT OUT
DON’T hold your breath for a Ford F-150 Raptor (pictured) to follow the Ranger’s tyre tracks. It’s unlikely Ford will be able to make a business case to build the vehicles in right-hand drive. Ford sells about 700,000 F Series in the US each year. It would be next to impossible to recoup the development cost of a right-hand drive version that at best would sell 10,000 a year worldwide.
“Full-size pick ups in Australia, I think would be a bridge too far,” says Trevor Worthington, the former engineering boss at Ford Australia who is now the head of product development for AsiaPacific. “They’re just a bit too big for Australia, whether it’s for parking garages or garages people have at home. In the US, the freeways are wider, the lanes are wider, the parking spaces are bigger.” He says US pick-ups “will always be a bit player in Australia”.