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Ford Puma ‘Desk Drives’ Virtual Test Drive Program To Launch In Australia As Puma Arrives With Effortless Style, Practicality And Simple, Easy Drive-away Pricing
08/09/2020
  • Australians can access the all-new Ford Puma from the comfort and convenience of their own home via new ‘Desk Drives’, a virtual test drive program among a suite of initiatives designed to make shopping for a vehicle easy and transparent

  • The award-winning Ford Puma begins arriving in Australia late this month, and brings distinctive style with technology including AEB with pedestrian detection, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and Ford Pass Connect embedded modem

  • Puma introductory offers include simple, easy drive-away pricing for a transparent, effortless experience, with Ford dealerships across Australia offering bonus value for buyers who purchase Puma after an in-person test-drive in September and October

  • Puma customers benefit from a five-year/unlimited kilometre factory warranty as part of Ford Service Benefits, which include Service Loan Car, Auto Club Membership and sat-nav mapping updates to eligible customers at participating Ford dealerships

MELBOURNE, September 8, 2020 – Australians will be able to take the all-new Ford Puma for a ‘Desk Drive’ from the comfort and convenience of their own home as part of a number of initiatives to make shopping for a new vehicle simpler, easier and more transparent. The award-winning all-new Ford Puma arrives in showrooms later this month, with the Desk Drive initiative coupled with introductory programs including drive-away pricing and incentives for in-person test drives at Ford dealerships across the country. The offers are designed to make buying simpler, easier and as straightforward as possible.

“The all-new Puma is a cutting edge, sharply designed and smartly packaged urban SUV that strengthens customer choice in Australia,” said Andrew Birkic, President and CEO, Ford Australia and New Zealand. “Making life even easier and simpler, these introductory offers show a new way of thinking, and we’ve worked with our dealer network to offer customers a straightforward, informative and effortless experience.”

The ‘Desk Drives’ virtual test drive program will see Ford and its dealerships host Facebook Live events via the Ford Australia Facebook page, enabling Australians to easily access the all-new Ford Puma from the comfort of their own home, or from anywhere they choose.

The Ford Puma is a new-generation compact SUV sourced from Europe, crowned What Car? Car of the Year 2020 after a rigorous testing process. The Puma was praised for being, “fun to drive, cleverly packaged and well-priced”, with low running costs also a factor that contributed to the judges’ decision to award Puma 2020 COTY.

In getting to know the new Ford Puma, participants will be able to experience a ‘walkaround’ to discover Puma’s distinctive design and practicality, which includes features such as wireless smartphone charging, SYNC 3i with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibilityii and FordPass Connect embedded modemiii. The first Puma ‘Desk Drive’ is scheduled for late September 2020 with full details and additional dates at Ford Australia’s Facebook page.

In addition, to celebrate the arrival of the all-new Ford Puma in Australia, Ford dealerships across the country are also offering customers compelling drive-away pricing from launch. The national pricing provides clear, transparent costs for customers, enabling a simple and easy way for them evaluate Puma ahead of purchase.

Puma owners will also enjoy the peace-of-mind of a five-year, unlimited kilometre full factory warrantyiv and Ford Service Benefits, which include a complimentary Service Loan Car, Auto Club Membership including Roadside Assistance, as well as SYNC 3i sat-nav map updatesv.

The all-new Puma will be joined in showrooms by the all-new Ford Escape in 2020, offering Australian customers the latest generation design, technology and capability at varying price points and vehicle sizes, reflecting the diversity of customer lifestyles in Australia. With Puma and Escape joining the refined, highly-equipped Endura and the off-road capable, seven-seat Everest in showrooms, Australian customers now have even greater choice and opportunity to choose an SUV that reflects their own personality and spirit.

The all-new Ford Puma will be in Ford Australia showrooms from late September 2020.

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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification; mobility solutions, including self-driving services; and connected services. Ford employs approximately 188,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit corporate.ford.com

About Ford Australia
Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited (Ford Australia) is a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, founded in Geelong, Victoria, in 1925. The company designs, engineers, and imports award-winning and best-selling cars, SUVs and trucks. Australia is a key product development hub for Ford, with the company investing more than $1.9 billion in research and development in Australia between 2016-19. More than $500 million of investment is planned for 2020. Ford is Australia’s largest automotive employer, with more than 2000 engineers, designers, technical, automotive and other specialists working at four locations across Victoria. Australia-based engineers and designers lead the development of award-winning vehicles such as the Ford Ranger pickup and Everest SUV.

  • Australians can access the all-new Ford Puma from the comfort and convenience of their own home via new ‘Desk Drives’, a virtual test drive program among a suite of initiatives designed to make shopping for a vehicle easy and transparent

  • The award-winning Ford Puma begins arriving in Australia late this month, and brings distinctive style with technology including AEB with pedestrian detection, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and Ford Pass Connect embedded modem

  • Puma introductory offers include simple, easy drive-away pricing for a transparent, effortless experience, with Ford dealerships across Australia offering bonus value for buyers who purchase Puma after an in-person test-drive in September and October

  • Puma customers benefit from a five-year/unlimited kilometre factory warranty as part of Ford Service Benefits, which include Service Loan Car, Auto Club Membership and sat-nav mapping updates to eligible customers at participating Ford dealerships

MELBOURNE, September 8, 2020 – Australians will be able to take the all-new Ford Puma for a ‘Desk Drive’ from the comfort and convenience of their own home as part of a number of initiatives to make shopping for a new vehicle simpler, easier and more transparent. The award-winning all-new Ford Puma arrives in showrooms later this month, with the Desk Drive initiative coupled with introductory programs including drive-away pricing and incentives for in-person test drives at Ford dealerships across the country. The offers are designed to make buying simpler, easier and as straightforward as possible.

“The all-new Puma is a cutting edge, sharply designed and smartly packaged urban SUV that strengthens customer choice in Australia,” said Andrew Birkic, President and CEO, Ford Australia and New Zealand. “Making life even easier and simpler, these introductory offers show a new way of thinking, and we’ve worked with our dealer network to offer customers a straightforward, informative and effortless experience.”

The ‘Desk Drives’ virtual test drive program will see Ford and its dealerships host Facebook Live events via the Ford Australia Facebook page, enabling Australians to easily access the all-new Ford Puma from the comfort of their own home, or from anywhere they choose.

The Ford Puma is a new-generation compact SUV sourced from Europe, crowned What Car? Car of the Year 2020 after a rigorous testing process. The Puma was praised for being, “fun to drive, cleverly packaged and well-priced”, with low running costs also a factor that contributed to the judges’ decision to award Puma 2020 COTY.

In getting to know the new Ford Puma, participants will be able to experience a ‘walkaround’ to discover Puma’s distinctive design and practicality, which includes features such as wireless smartphone charging, SYNC 3i with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibilityii and FordPass Connect embedded modemiii. The first Puma ‘Desk Drive’ is scheduled for late September 2020 with full details and additional dates at Ford Australia’s Facebook page.

In addition, to celebrate the arrival of the all-new Ford Puma in Australia, Ford dealerships across the country are also offering customers compelling drive-away pricing from launch. The national pricing provides clear, transparent costs for customers, enabling a simple and easy way for them evaluate Puma ahead of purchase.

Puma owners will also enjoy the peace-of-mind of a five-year, unlimited kilometre full factory warrantyiv and Ford Service Benefits, which include a complimentary Service Loan Car, Auto Club Membership including Roadside Assistance, as well as SYNC 3i sat-nav map updatesv.

The all-new Puma will be joined in showrooms by the all-new Ford Escape in 2020, offering Australian customers the latest generation design, technology and capability at varying price points and vehicle sizes, reflecting the diversity of customer lifestyles in Australia. With Puma and Escape joining the refined, highly-equipped Endura and the off-road capable, seven-seat Everest in showrooms, Australian customers now have even greater choice and opportunity to choose an SUV that reflects their own personality and spirit.

The all-new Ford Puma will be in Ford Australia showrooms from late September 2020.

# # #

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification; mobility solutions, including self-driving services; and connected services. Ford employs approximately 188,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit corporate.ford.com

About Ford Australia
Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited (Ford Australia) is a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, founded in Geelong, Victoria, in 1925. The company designs, engineers, and imports award-winning and best-selling cars, SUVs and trucks. Australia is a key product development hub for Ford, with the company investing more than $1.9 billion in research and development in Australia between 2016-19. More than $500 million of investment is planned for 2020. Ford is Australia’s largest automotive employer, with more than 2000 engineers, designers, technical, automotive and other specialists working at four locations across Victoria. Australia-based engineers and designers lead the development of award-winning vehicles such as the Ford Ranger pickup and Everest SUV.

i Not all SYNC® 3 features are compatible with all phones. For compatibility, see ford.com.au/sync.

ii Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. Android™ is a trademark of Google Inc. Both require phones with compatible versions of Apple iOS and Android™ (respectively), active data service and genuine USB cable (available separately). Message and data rates may apply. SYNC® does not control Apple CarPlay or Android Auto while in use; Apple Inc and Android™ (respectively) are responsible for their functionality. Warning: Local laws prohibit some or all of the text messaging functions while driving. Check your local road rules before using these functions.

iii Use of FordPass is subject to the FordPass Terms and Privacy Policy and the Connected Vehicle Terms and Privacy Policy available on ford.com.au/fordpass and requires a compatible mobile device, internet access and software (including software updates from time to time). The user is responsible for internet access, mobile network data and voice call services required for use of the FordPass App on their mobile device, including associated fees. The FordPass App and FordPass Connect modem can only work when both are connected to the telecommunications network. Ford cannot guarantee that FordPass will always be in fully operating condition and the FordPass App may be unavailable or particular FordPass services interrupted. Ford is not responsible for any limitations or restrictions of the telecommunications network or of the user’s mobile device.

iv Warranty conditions apply.

v Conditions apply; see ford.com.au or your preferred Ford dealer for additional details

i Not all SYNC® 3 features are compatible with all phones. For compatibility, see ford.com.au/sync.

ii Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. Android™ is a trademark of Google Inc. Both require phones with compatible versions of Apple iOS and Android™ (respectively), active data service and genuine USB cable (available separately). Message and data rates may apply. SYNC® does not control Apple CarPlay or Android Auto while in use; Apple Inc and Android™ (respectively) are responsible for their functionality. Warning: Local laws prohibit some or all of the text messaging functions while driving. Check your local road rules before using these functions.

iii Use of FordPass is subject to the FordPass Terms and Privacy Policy and the Connected Vehicle Terms and Privacy Policy available on ford.com.au/fordpass and requires a compatible mobile device, internet access and software (including software updates from time to time). The user is responsible for internet access, mobile network data and voice call services required for use of the FordPass App on their mobile device, including associated fees. The FordPass App and FordPass Connect modem can only work when both are connected to the telecommunications network. Ford cannot guarantee that FordPass will always be in fully operating condition and the FordPass App may be unavailable or particular FordPass services interrupted. Ford is not responsible for any limitations or restrictions of the telecommunications network or of the user’s mobile device.

iv Warranty conditions apply.

v Conditions apply; see ford.com.au or your preferred Ford dealer for additional details