Ford introduces first Ranger Chassis Cab
Ford has introduced its first Ranger chassis cab model, opening up the pick-up to the possibility of bespoke adaptions.
Construction, utilities, military, forestry and rescue operators are named as potential customers for the donor vehicle, which has a gross vehicle mass of 3,270kg and 3,500kg towing capacity and is available to order from January.
The chassis cab comes in single cab body and the work-orientated XL trim level using the 170hp 2.0-litre diesel, and Ford has a network of 160 Qualified Vehicle Modifier converters in 13 markets able to deliver warranty-approved bespoke vehicles.
“We’ve built the Ranger chassis cab for customers who work in the most demanding environments and need a tough, off-road vehicle to carry their specialist kit,” said Paul Baynes, conversions manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe.
Styling and tech upgrade for Toyota Camry
Toyota is introducing upgrades to its Camry large saloon, with the revised model arriving next spring with a revised grille and front bumper and technology and spec changes.
The sub-100g/km 218hp saloon gets a new nine-inch multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which also benefits from faster software and screen response.
A range of new safety systems are also fitted, including lane trace assist and intelligent cruise control. Pricing and full equipment levels will be revealed early next year.
Toyota describes the Camry as the world’s best-selling saloon with 19 million sales across 100 countries during the nameplates lifespan.
Hydrogen scepticism for passenger cars
A new survey by power technology company Cummins has found that 20% of UK people surveyed believe that it will take 20-30 years for there to be more hydrogen-powered cars on UK roads that gasoline-powered cars, while another quarter of those responding said they don’t believe it will ever happen. UK-front costs and infrastructure remain the main issues, although more than half of British respondents said they would consider buying or renting a hydrogen-powered car if the cost was similar to a diesel model.