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Holden has released a new VF Commodore Storm Special Edition available on ute, sedan and Sportwagon body styles.

The VF Storm is based on the popular SV6 and SS models which already offer an impressive list of high-tech standard equipment including Auto Park Assist, Blind Spot Alert, Rear View Camera with Reverse Traffic Alert, and the Holden MyLink infotainment system with an 8 inch colour touch screen display.

The VF Storm Special Edition comes with the following extras:

  • Satellite Navigation
  • Unique alloys – dark finish on the wheel ports
  • Front fog lamps with chrome highlights
  • Unique interior touches such as red stitching on seats and ‘Storm’ embroidery
    on the dash
  • Exterior Storm badges

Philip Brook, Executive Director of Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing, said “The SV6 and SS Commodore have always been incredibly sporty, stylish and aspirational while representing fantastic value for money – the VF Storm takes that to a new level and is without a doubt the most compelling Commodore offer yet.

“With standard features such as satellite navigation and unique alloys, we’re confident this special edition will create serious excitement for new car buyers.

“So far this year, VF sales are up 62.3% which is over 3,000 units. That’s more than any other car in the market and the Storm Special Edition will help add to that success.”

The VF Commodore Storm Special Edition is available for an additional $500 above the recommended retail price of a VF SV6 and SS.

Good to see GM-Holden is determined to send the last of its great Australian utes out in fine style rather then let it wither on the vine awaiting its demise.

With local Holden vehicle production due to end by 2017, the VF will effectively book-end a proud Holden ute heritage which stretches all the way back to the first FX-based ute released in 1951.

* VF Commodore Storm Special Edition is not available with optional leather-appointed seats. TJ

Ford Australia has beefed up its Ranger one-tonne range with the addition of the Ranger 4×4 XL Plus, designed to meet the needs of the mining industry and government agencies as well as private customers.

Available from May 2014, the new Ranger variant has specifications and features tailored to suit industry fleet buyers, including mining companies, government departments and organisations seeking more from their vehicle fleets. If perceptions of mining fleet king Toyota becoming complacent are true, then this aggressive push from Ford should shake things up.

On top of the existing Ranger XL specification, the Ranger XL Plus adds running boards, a second battery, expanded wiring harness, all-terrain tyres, an optional steel bull-bar and other features which, according to Ford, are exactly what customers in this segment have been asking for.

The Ranger 4×4 XL Plus will be available in a choice of Single Cab Chassis, Double Cab Chassis and Double Cab Pick-up. The new model takes advantage of Ranger’s 5-star ANCAP safety rating, required for new vehicle purchases by most large fleet companies these days.

Ranger 4×4 XL Plus comes standard with Ford’s 3.2-litre turbo-diesel engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It also has a locking rear differential and a tow bar rated to the truck’s peak 3,500 kg towing capacity. Other standard features include:

  • 4×4 shields / mud flaps
  • Daytime running lights
  • Running boards (Double Cabs only)
  • 17-inch steel wheels and All-Terrain tyres (Continental 265/65 R17)
  • Heavy duty canvas seat covers (as shown above which do not obstruct seat-mounted thorax airbag deployment)
  • Expanded wiring harness with extra pre-wired electrical circuits and switch bezel (for easy installation of extra lights, radios etc)
  • Front battery 75 amp hours
  • Second battery 80 amp hours deep cycle discharge gel battery
  • Second battery isolator
  • Moulded black bumpers

Optional: Steel bull bar (retains 5-star ANCAP rating with mountings for driving lights, antennas, flags etc)

As with all Rangers, the Ranger 4×4 XL Plus has Bluetooth®1, USB and iPod2 integration and voice control over the radio, CD, iPod, USB, and mobile phone. Similarly, cruise control is standard across the entire range.

80 amp hour auxiliary battery is housed in this protective case located at the right rear corner of the pick-up’s load box. This feature has been widely requested by fleet and private buyers to power everything from electric winches to fridges to caravan electrical systems. Isolator switch should ensure fast charging.

Ford Australia Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Service, Graeme Whickman, said Ford had worked with key industries, including the mining sector, to develop the Ranger XL Plus.

“These industries have very specific demands on their vehicles so that’s why we created the Ranger 4×4 XL Plus,” Whickman said.

“It will be a popular addition to mining industry and business sector fleets but we also expect there to be strong support from private customers who have a particular need for this type of vehicle.”

The XL’s road-biased tyres have been replaced with more aggressive all-terrains on the 4×4 XL Plus.

The Manufacturer’s List Price is $46,280 for the Single Cab Chassis, $51,760 for the Double Cab Chassis and $52,760 for the Double Cab Pick-up.

The 4×4 XL Plus complements the recently improved Ranger line-up for 2014, which includes SRS airbags across the range, addition of the Ranger XLS model in both 2.2-litre manual/auto and 3.2 auto variants and improved supply of the top-of-the-range Wildtrak model.

In 2013 the Ford Ranger was named the International Pick-up of the Year. It is being manufactured in three continents and sold in more than 180 countries.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Australia has expanded its award-winning Amarok range to include the new Canyon Special Edition.

Based on the TDI400 and TDI420 Highline models, the Canyon comes standard with an array of features which sets it above other Amaroks in the range.

Canyon features black gloss sports and side bars, 17-inch Roca alloy wheels with Pirelli Scorpion AT-R tyres, impact and UV-resistant load area coating in the tray, tinted tail lamps and unique ‘Canyon’ rear and side decals.

The interior is also equipped with a higher grade of unique standard features, including satellite navigation, reversing camera and two-tone Nappa leather interior with orange stitching.

Canyon is available in a choice of four colours, including Candy White, Deep Black metallic, Reflex Silver metallic and unique to the Canyon range, Copper Orange metallic (as shown here).

RRP for Canyon TDI400 six-speed manual is $56,990 plus ORC. RRP for Canyon TDI420 8-sp Automatic is $59,990 plus ORC. TJ

Isuzu UTE Australia (IUA) has handed the keys to a brand new Isuzu MU-X to Child Safety Education crusaders Bruce and Denise Morcombe to help them continue to deliver their award-winning Child Safety programs to school children and parents across Australia.

“After clocking up almost 60,000km in their trusty D-MAX we thought it would be nice to upgrade Bruce and Denise to our new MU-X,” IUA’s Assistant General Manager of Marketing & PR Dave Harding said.

“We all know it has been a pretty heavy start to the year for everyone involved with the Foundation and this was our little way of helping with the determined work Bruce, Denise and their team do,” he added.

Daniel Morcombe’s legacy is the Foundation named in his honour, and has provided Child Safety Education and Awareness to millions of Australians over the past nine years.

Thanks to the efforts of the Foundation, Queensland’s Department of Education, Training and Employment developed the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum which aims to teach children about personal safety and awareness, including cybersafety and phone safety, by focusing on three key safety messages: Recognise, React and Report. It is hoped other states and territories will soon adopt this curriculum.

“Isuzu UTE have been supporters of the Foundation for a few years now and we’re very appreciative of this assistance,” Bruce Morcombe said.

“When you consider how many k’s we do each year, it takes a lot of stress out of our day-to-day running of our program knowing we have a reliable and economical vehicle on hand to get us to the hundreds of school visits we do each year,” Bruce added.

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