Mercury (Hobart) - Motoring - - COVER STORY - Joshua Dowl­ing

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”.

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