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Ford Thailand has added a new seven-seater SUV to its line-up with the Australian-built Territory Ghia.

?The decision by Ford Thailand to add the Territory is further proof this innovative model is a world-class vehicle,? said Ford Australia president, Tom Gorman.

?Australian motor vehicle expertise is being recognised around the world and the export of the Territory to Thailand is testament to the quality of cars we are building here,? he added.

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The Territory features seven seats, as well as Hill Descent Control, an alloy spare wheel and front and rear towing eyes.? There are three specifications of the vehicle in other markets but in Thailand we get the more luxurious Territory Ghia all-wheel drive.? Powered by a 258 bhp (190 kW), four liter engine, the torque output is particularly impressive, peaking at 383 Nm at the relatively low engine speed of just 2,500 rpm. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard and features a sequential speed-shift with a leather covered shift lever.

Ford has been selling cars in Australia since its inception in 1904, but it was in 1925 that production began, at a facility in Geelong, 80 kilometers from Melbourne, Victoria.? The company claims to be the only Australian manufacturer that is wholly responsible for design, development and build of its models. Ford, along with GM Australia brand Holden and Japan giant Toyota vie for the top spot in the Outback, with the two American-owned brands tussling for number two in the market.

Traditionally, Ford and Holden also fight for honors in the Aussie V8 sedan series, with the laurels generally going to whichever company can produce a quick car and a quick driver in any particular year.? Holden is on top at the moment with Garth Tander leading the championship; Craig Lowndes in a Ford is second.? Long way to go though and that could all change with immense speed.? Worth watching if you get the opportunity as although it something of a contact sport, nobody gets hurt and, of course, the cars are totally expendable.

The export of the award-winning Territory to Thailand and other countries such as New Zealand and South Africa has promoted the SUV to one of the most popular in the southern hemisphere.? In some jurisdictions it commands a turbocharged engine producing a healthy 330 bhp, but in rural Thailand 190 bhp is deemed sufficient.

It is however, extremely well appointed. There is a leather-wrapped steering wheel, which incorporates audio and cruise control switches.? The premium audio system features a six disc in-dash system complete with 150 Watt amplifier and sub-woofer.

The pedals are power adjustable, while there is an electrochromatic auto dimming rear view mirror; particularly useful in Phuket where few drivers seem to adopt dipped headlights.?

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Dynamic stability control and traction control are standard, while there are ventilated disc brakes front and rear, with twin-pot callipers at the sharp end.? Anti-lock braking is standard, as is electronic brake force distribution.? The list is endless, but suffice it to say that the Territory Ghia is extremely well equipped throughout.

Tom Gorman says, ?Our design engineers had a brief to create a Territory with enhanced performance and other excellent features but not to compromise functionality and versatility.?

The Territory is Australia?s best-selling SUV, racking up numerous awards, including Wheels Car of the Year 2004 and consecutive Best Recreational Four-wheel Drive titles in Australia?s Best Cars awards. Ford Thailand expects to sell around 120 Territorys each year and is confident of meeting its target.? The Territory Ghia is yours for around 2.95m baht all in, with few extras. For more information go to www.ford.co.th . For information on the Aussie V8 series, go to www.v8supercar.com.au

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