Patriot recalls good old days
July 27, 2007, 7pm. Jeep’s latest newcomer, the Patriot, is based on a 2005 show car and features styling that recalls the XJ Cherokee that gave the brand its modern-day footing in New Zealand.
The Cherokee was the first model sold after Jeep set up shop here in 1996.
However, unlike the Cherokee, the Patriot lacks low-range gearing and is being introduced next month as an entry-level model “to broaden the appeal of the American brand”.
The Patriot concept vehicle was shown at the 2005 International Motor Show in Frankfurt.
Locallt, the Patriot will be available with a 2.4-litre petrol engine or a 2.0-litre turbo diesel.
Straight six going straight out
July 27, 2007, 7pm. Devotees of big Aussie Fords have three years to get used to the idea of having a V6 rather than the iconic straight-six under the bonnet.
Ford has announced it will close its Geelong assembly line in 2010 and import a new global Duratec V6, including high performance derivatives.
“The improved economies of scale resulting from the globally sourced engine will offer increased flexibility to potentially incorporate future alternative fuel strategies, particularly diesel technology,” said Ford.
It also blames the growing demand for smaller, imported vehicles.