Melbourne– The freshened Ford Kuga Ambiente arriving in dealerships features even more even more standard innovations, including SYNC™ 2 with voice-controlled satellite navigation and dual zone climate control, with the features now available across the range. Ford Kuga sales have increased 40 percent in the first quarter to outpace others in the segment and as Australians lead the world trend toward utility vehicles.
The 2016 Ford Kuga delivers a suite of technologies, driver assist features and fuel efficiency which makes it one of the most innovative small SUVs on the road and a great choice for families who want to stay connected on-the-go. It offers family friendly technology upgrades including 8” Colour Touch Screen, DAB+Digital Radio, Satellite Navigation and Climate Control which are not available in five key competitor models.
“Ford has made technology available to millions ever since the Model T,” said Graeme Whickman, President and CEO, Ford of Australia. “The Ford Kuga continues in that tradition, even with the entry level Ambiente model that now will offer SYNC™2, dual climate control, sat nav and reverse camera as standard features.
“We believe it is perfect for young families that are increasingly choosing compact SUVs, the fastest-growing part of the hot SUV market with Ford Kuga one of the top performers this year even before these upgrades.”
Say your way
The Ford Kuga Ambiente will now also be available with Ford’s SYNC™2 connectivity technology already found in the Trend and Titanium models. From April, the Ambiente model receives the following content upgrades:
“From the time you get in and see the 8-inch touchscreen – which is 40 percent bigger than some competitors – you get the sense Ford Kuga Ambiente offers a lot for the money,” said Whickman. “That’s like walking into a home and seeing a 75-inch TV when most others have 50-inch models – it sets expectations higher.
“And, like smart TV shoppers, customers will find Ford Kuga Ambiente offers real value when our top-selling competitors cannot match these innovations.”
These updates follow other recent upgrades such as Reverse Camera and DAB+ radio introduced to Ambiente in November 2015.
The Ford Kuga is smart and fuel efficient
The Ford Kuga Intelligent Protection System incorporates some of the most advanced safety features available to help protect young families.
The Ford Kuga IPS includes:
Ford Kuga is available with six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions and choice of EcoBoost petrol and optional 2.0-litre TDCi diesel powertrains.
The Ford Kuga’s state-of-the-art EcoBoost engine technology delivers small engine fuel economy and big engine power in one+. It also helps to deliver up to 20 per cent better fuel economy than larger displacement engines, helping Aussies families save at the fuel pump.
Ford’s 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine is available in two states of tune for the front and all-wheel drive Ford Kuga Ambiente. The Ford Kuga Ambiente front-wheel drive develops 110 kW / 240 Nm while the all-wheel drive develops 134 kW / 240 Nm. A higher performance 2.0-litre GTDi petrol engine powers the Trend and Titanium all-wheel drive models, developing 178 kW / 345 Nm ^.
+Petrol power and torque figures measured using premium unleaded fuel (95-98 RON)
^Trend and Titanium models only
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 197,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.
MELBOURNE– To accelerate rising customer satisfaction levels, Ford is doubling down on the consumer experience by transforming more dealerships and launching new Free SatNav Updates program.
Ford’s customer satisfaction levels for sales and service continue improving after launching new ‘Dealerships of the Future’ in December 2014 and adding the Free Loan Car program in February 2015 to create a leading package of service offerings. These improving ratings and a high-profile advertising campaign have helped Ford continue increasing service retention, which is up 37 percent since 2012, while contributing to overall sales gains for nearly the past year.
Ford’s ‘Dealerships of the Future’ now cover 75 percent of customers nationally, using a blend of the best of bricks-and-mortar retailing with web-based innovations to make it easier for customers to buy and service vehicles.
“This is an exciting time at Ford as we transform our dealerships while launching a record number of new vehicles – all to make our customers’ lives better and easier throughout their sales and ownership experience,” said Graeme Whickman, CEO and President, Ford of Australia. “We are just getting started and we already have seen significant progress in sales and service satisfaction, which has helped us increase sales and improve service retention as this has become a differentiator for Ford.”
Ford’s efforts to improve the consumer experience also have been recognized externally with the company winning Canstar’s Motoring Awards for overall satisfaction and after sales satisfaction in 2014.
Navigating our changing roadways
From July 1, 2016 Ford takes customer care one step further with free SYNC 2 SatNav updates during scheduled services at participating dealers, a market-leading and global Ford-first program that helps customers stay current with numerous changes to Australian roads annually. Customers with SYNC2 who complete their scheduled servicing with participating Ford Dealers will receive free yearly map updates for up to seven years.
Australia has a rapidly changing road infrastructure with more than 120,000 kilometres of roads added annually, almost 23,000 road name changes and around 2,000 roundabout changes.
“The free map updates makes it easier for our customers to get around, and adds to other unique conveniences such as our free loan car program and the value of our unique Auto Club program,” said Whickman. “We are investing more in Australia than any other automaker, including billions in R&D, a record number of new vehicles and a new way of doing business at our dealerships.”
** SYNC 2 map updates will be available for seven years after vehicle is produced, will not be offered after 2024
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Mich. With about 199,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing, financing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and electrified vehicles, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. At the same time, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and data and analytics. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.