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 All-New Ford Ranger Conquers Forest of North Sumatra in Comfort

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MEDAN, Indonesia — Following success in taming various extreme terrains all over the world, Ford's global compact pickup truck, the all-new Ranger, arrived in Indonesia to substantiate its claim as the hardest worker.
 
The scenic highlands of Sibolangit forest in North Sumatra were chosen as the proving ground for the Ranger's reliability. Located about 40 kilometres south of Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province, Sibolangit forest is covered with diverse topography, such as gravel and clay roads, shallow rivers, as well as sharp turns and steep inclines – more than appropriate to try out the off-road capability of the all-new Ranger.
 
Ford Motor Indonesia (FMI) invited national media to get their hands on the pickup in “The All-New Ranger vs. The World” drive. Twenty-four well-known journalists were flown to Medan for the event, with seven units of the all-new Ford Ranger available for try out.
 
The taut and toned all-new Ranger features a short overhang up front with the signature three-bar grille, a global Ford truck design cue. This “21st Century Tough” design styling quickly impressed the media.
 
"When I saw the all-new Ford Ranger at the Polonia Airport, Medan, it was love at first sight," said Hadi Supraptor, editor, VivaNews. "The larger headlamps, bigger mirrors and stamped-in wheel lips exude power and confidence. The sense of luxury indeed emanates from the new design."
 
Offering a contemporary look and feel with features and comfort normally found in passenger cars, the interior of the all-new Ranger is as alluring as its exterior styling.
 
"The highly-adjustable semi-bucket seat and tilt-steering wheel alleviate fatigue, making it hard to get tired, even in long drive," said Septian Pamungkas, journalist, OkeZone. "Substantial leg room and knee clearance, as well as vibration-dampening suspension, provides comfort even to passengers sitting in the back row."
 
After admiring its attractive appearance, the media headed south to Sibolangit forest to test the real-world performance of the all-new Ford Ranger. Arriving at the forest, the participants were confronted with a narrow gravel path. The initial challenge was put out with ease.
 
The gravel path was proceeded with steep inclines, and then followed by sharp and slippery descents. These conditions were ideal to test the all-new Ranger's four-wheel drive capability.
 
"The inclines were steep. I think the gradient is around a 50 degree angle," said Wisnu Guntoro Adi, editor-in-chief, DapurPacu. "With the shift-on-fly feature, I can switch to 4x4 low with ease. All I had to do was to stop and then hit the knob on the centre console. The 4x4 low on the all-new Ranger was surprisingly very responsive, but also exhilarating."
 
"Things got really exciting when we drove down the forest mountain. The downward slopes were not only sharp, but also very slippery. However, it was nothing for the all-new Ranger, I can still use 4x4 high to tame the mountain slopes," added Wisnu, who is also a veteran automotive writer.
 
"The many control features available on the all-new Ford Ranger really made the difference in the drive," said Stephen Langitan, a leading automotive blogger. "The Hill Descent Control, along with Traction Control System, which maintains vehicle stability by maximising traction at each driven wheel, helped us in subduing the steep downhill grades."
 
The test drive was concluded with a river crossing. With outstanding water wading capability, the all-new Ford Ranger crossed the high waters without any difficulty.
 
"The all-new Ford Ranger can wade through up to 800 millimetres of water, even when fully laden," explained Bagus Susanto, managing director, FMI, who participated in the drive. "In fact, Ranger's water-wading capability is among the best in the segment. The built Ford tough truck also has excellent ground clearance of up to 237 millimetres."
 
Ford Motor Indonesia Donates Farming Equipment
 
As part of “The All-New Ranger vs. The World” drive, FMI visited the small village of Seberaya in Karo, North Sumatra. During the visit, FMI donated farming equipment to the farmers association in the village. Nine units of the all-new Ford Ranger were used to transport three chopping machines, 15 carts, and 30 pesticide sprayers.
 
Seberaya village is popular for its sweet oranges. The popularity of Seberaya oranges was so widespread that the village used to export them to Malaysia and Singapore. Unfortunately, their fame declined due to their inability to cope with the competition.
 
The village chief, village elder, and chief of the farmers association cheerfully welcomed FMI and all the drive participants in a traditional ceremony, which was also attended by the whole village.
 
Handing over the donated equipment, Bagus Susanto, managing director, FMI, said, "We are happy to be able to support the village in restoring their livelihood. We hope the equipment can be put to good use in boosting orange production."
 
"We are grateful for the donated equipment. I believe the goodwill will encourage the local farmers to regain their pride," said Panca Ginting, village chief of Seberaya.
 
With outstanding water wading capability, the all-new Ford Ranger crossed the high waters without any difficulty.
During the visit, FMI donated farming equipment to the farmers association in the small village of Seberaya in Karo, North Sumatra.
   
The donated equipment will encourage the local farmers to regain their pride.
The All-New Ranger vs. The World.
   

  

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7/13/2012 1:20 AM