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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 25th 2010
6--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, September 25, 2010 Ranger starts T6 campaign HEAVYWEIGHT MUSCLE: A glimpse from the Ford Ranger teaser campaign that starts next week. IN PASSING FUTURISTIC: An artist's impression of the T6 platform being used for the Mazda BT50. ABRUTAL, truck-style nose is the first hint to the latest Ford Ranger. The all-new pick-up will not break cover until the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney in October, but the blue oval brand will finally start its teaser campaign this week. A single shot of the Ranger hints at the giant development program completed at Ford Australia on the T6 program to create a global commercial hero for the company. The T6 is also being spun into the next Mazda BT-50, previewed last week in an artist's sketch. The contrast between the shared sons of the T6 program could not be different, as Mazda has gone swoopy and futuristic, while Ford is going for heavyweight muscle on the Ranger. Ford is now starting to lift the curtain that has covered the T6 program for more than two years, confirming the Ranger will be sold across 180 countries and will go before the public in Sydney from October 15. Prototypes have already covered more than 1,000,000km during testing, heading from Melbourne to the European Alps and the deserts of the Middle East. ''Australia has played a leading role in the development of this latest global Ford product,'' Ford Asia Pacific and Africa president Joe Hinrichs says. ''Ranger is symbolic of how our great product development capability is being leveraged by the ONE Ford plan like never before. Not surprisingly, Hinrichs makes no mention of the Mazda BT-50, even though it will even be built at the same factory in Thailand as the Ranger. Ford explains that the new Ranger will be more powerful with better fuel economy thanks to a new engine family, as well as promising outstanding towing and payload. It also says the cabin of the Ranger has the equipment and refinement expected in a car. PAUL GOVER Seven app makes most of driving loophole R OAD safety campaigns have been hit by revelations that it is not illegal to watch TV while driving. It has allowed Channel Seven to this week announce it will release applications for iPhone, iPad and Android devices of its Sunrise morning television program. It allows the program to be downloaded and watched live or delayed, including when driving. Watching video or TV programs is not illegal, says Australian safety campaigner John Cadogan, but even lifting a mobile phone to your ear will incur a large fine. ''It is also not illegal to use a video camera to film when driving or for the driver to send emails via a laptop computer, he says. ''It is stupid. ''It's a classic case of the law not keeping up with technology,'' Cadogan says. TV's Channel Seven this week became the first commercial station to launch an application for iPhone, iPad and Android devices that allows transmission of its Sunrise program. The ABC already has apps for several programs. Seven's morning television director Adam Boland says the app for mobile devices --- which starts on October 5 --- was a portal for Sunrise. ''We've never expected someone to sit down and watch the whole show on TV,'' Boland says. ''They have to leave for work or drive the kids to school. Now they won't have to miss a thing. They can take Sunrise wherever they go. They can watch it live or on delay.'' But the fact that it can be watched by a driver raises serious safety concerns about distraction. The WA Office of Road Safety independent chair, Professor D'Arcy Holman, says it doesn't take much to distract a motorist from the complex task of driving. ''Devices such as MP3 players, navigational systems, mobile phones and associated features can easily divert a driver's attention from the road, which all too often leads to crashes, resulting in serious injuries or fatalities. ''The Road Safety Council urges all motorists to minimise distractions while driving. ''Adjust radio or MP3 player controls before setting off. ''Rather than use a map, ask a passenger to navigate. Turn off your mobile phone while driving --- even ones with hands-free capabilities,'' Prof Holman says. ''We as a community must work together and place distractions second to the task of driving safely.'' Cadogan says cars built with television capabilities were prevented by Australian Design Rules to display images in front of the driver while the vehicle was moving. ''But the ADR only covers the construction of the vehicle,'' he says. ''There is nothing in any Australian road rule that says you can't watch TV while driving. Which is stupid.'' 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