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Gian86
02-02-2005, 07:03 PM
This morning, wheels magazine announced that australia's first localy made SUV won last years Wheels COTY award. The finalist for 2004 COTY are VW Golf V and Volvo S40/V50. Here's info, pics and magazine cover (Feburary 2005).<p><br>In a significant boost for the local car industry, an Australian-made and designed vehicle - one of the smart new breed of crossovers - has taken Australia's top motoring award.<p>The Ford Territory, which blends attributes of station wagons, people movers and 4WDs, is formally classed as a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). It is the first such vehicle to be named WHEELS Magazine Car Of The Year.<p>As part of the SUV category the Territory has been caught up in the flak directed at large, old-fashioned 4WDs on city roads. But Territory breaks this mould by offering both 4WD and lighter, more fuel-efficient 2WD models. <p>And because it is built in a similar fashion to a Ford Falcon, sharing key Falcon components, it also brings passenger-car manufacturing techniques, dynamics, refinement and safety levels to the category, at affordable prices. <p>"Today, one in every four cars sold in Australia belongs to the 4WD or SUV category. While this trend has been evident for some time, Territory is the first such car that is worthy of Australia's most coveted motoring award," notes editor Ged Bulmer. <p>"The Territory is unique in that it offers Australian consumers the size and passenger carrying advantages of a large 4WD, but is available in both 2WD and 4WD guises. Everything else in the SUV category is 4WD-only.<p>"In addition, it brings world-class levels of performance, handling, comfort and refinement, at a price that no imported competitor can match.<p>"Significantly, Territory also has impressive safety credentials. It's the first locally built model with side curtain airbags. Its electronic stability program (standard on all 4WD models) is the most advanced available. And Territory conforms to Australian government passenger car crash safety requirements that many imported 4WDs do not." <p><IMG SRC="http://carpoint.ninemsn.com.au/carcontent/coty/2004COTY02b.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://carpoint.ninemsn.com.au/carcontent/coty/2004COTY03b.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://carpoint.ninemsn.com.au/carcontent/coty/2004COTY01.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Source: Carpoint.com.au<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Gian05 at 2:02 PM 2/3/2005</i>

AllodoxaphobicJay
02-02-2005, 07:59 PM
It was never going to be anything else. I can only think of one or two times that <i>Wheels</i> hasn't given COTY to that year's big new Holden/Ford, if there's been one. Even then, it had to have been a real dog (hello AU Falcon) in order to miss out.<p>One thing sure is clear, between the Territory this year, last year's RX-8 and 2002's Falcon, <i>Wheels</i> mustn't pay for any of the fuel they use...

Naga Royal Guard
02-02-2005, 08:09 PM
Hornbag will be very happe <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/drink.gif" BORDER="0">

Hornbag
02-04-2005, 12:50 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Naga Royal Guard</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Hornbag will be very happe <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/drink.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>YAH, u should become a physco, like one of those mind readers! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Go Territory, like, its just so good, and like, yeah, its like a Ford, so yeah, like wat else could u expect but perfection from Ford? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0">

Top Secret
02-04-2005, 03:03 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Hornbag_1</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">like wat else could u expect but perfection from Ford? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>A car called the Ford Cougar and the Probe?

knicks125
02-04-2005, 06:21 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Hornbag_1</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">like wat else could u expect but perfection from Ford? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>There's an understatement I thought I would never hear from Hornbag <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0">

Hornbag
02-04-2005, 05:15 PM
mmm, i think i worded that wrong (yet again).<p>I ment i expected nothing less from the Territory! Leave me alone! LOL

TeeDi
02-04-2005, 09:55 PM
It's great to see the Territory win this award, but I'm also pretty happy that the VW Golf, nearly knocked it off!! Either one and I would have been happy!!