Back in Black

Stirling Observer - - HOUSE HOME -

Ford un­veiled its ex­clu­sive new colour-coded Ranger Black Edi­tion pick-up at the Frank­furt Mo­tor Show this week.

The Black Edi­tion model is based on the pop­u­lar Lim­ited se­ries and fea­tures a dechromed body in Ab­so­lute Black with a black fin­ish for the ra­di­a­tor grille, al­loy wheels, sports bar and ex­te­rior de­tail­ing.

The pro­duc­tion run will be re­strict­ed­to­just2,500unit­sand will be of­fered in Dou­ble Cab bodystyle only.

Stan­dard­kit­in­cludessat-nav, front park­ing sen­sors and rear view cam­era, adding to the Lim­ited se­ries fea­tures such as FordSYNC3­mul­ti­me­di­asys­tem with 8-inch touch­screen, du­al­zone­elec­tron­ic­cli­mate­con­trol, leather seat trim, and pow­er­fold­ing door mir­rors.

Ford Ranger is Europe’s top sell­ing pickup with sales of 23,100 for July 2017 year-to­date, an in­crease of 12.1 per cen­tover­thep­re­vi­ousyear,and mark­ing the best year for Ranger since launch.

At long last when we pur­chase a new ve­hi­cle we will have a bet­ter idea of what fuel econ­omy it will de­liver in real driv­ing con­di­tions.

For a new method of mea­sur­ing fuel econ­omy for cars has come into force this month.

The new tests re­place a wildly in­ac­cu­rate sys­tem that has not been up­dated for some 20 years and is de­signed to give mo­torists a re­al­is­tic pic­ture of fuel con­sump­tion in ev­ery­day use.

Un­der the reg­u­la­tions, all new cars sold in the UK will have to be tested on the road in­stead of only un­der lab­o­ra­tory con­di­tions.

For years driv­ers have known that the so-called of­fi­cial fuel econ­omy fig­ures for their cars bore lit­tle re­sem­blance to what they ac­tu­ally achieved.

The out of date for­mer tests were high­lighted by the VW emis­sions scan­dal which re­vealed test pro­grammes could be fid­dled to show false read­ings.

Now ev­ery new car des­tined for UK show­rooms will need to un­dergo a new test called the World­wide Har­monised Light Ve­hi­cle Test Pro­ce­dure (WLTP),

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