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DSC 6138 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The all-new Ford Ranger made history at the New Straits Times-Maybank Car of the Year 2012 Awards (COTY) by becoming the first pickup truck in the COTY Awards’ 11-year history to capture the coveted “Overall Car of the Year” award.

In addition to its Overall COTY honours, the all-new Ranger dominated the awards night by also being recognized as “Pick-up Truck of the Year” by COTY and “Best Value for Money Pick-up Truck” by the Asian Auto Allianz Auto Industry Award 2012.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have the all-new Ranger recognized as Overall Car of the Year. This prestigious and respected endorsement speaks volumes about our class-defining, global pickup truck,” said David Westerman, regional manager, Asia Pacific, Ford Export & Growth Operations.

“The all-new Ford Ranger is engineered for safety and equipped with smart technologies previously seen only in premium passenger cars. In addition to class-leading towing, payload and water-wading capabilities, our all-new Ranger customers are also getting superior fuel economy, cabin refinement and comfort, and the latest smart technologies,” added Westerman.

The interior of the all-new Ranger brings new levels of spaciousness to the compact pickup ownership experience. Built with Ford’s global engineering expertise, it is fitted with smart technologies - Bluetooth® with Voice Control connectivity and a Dual Zone Climate Control feature.

Capable, powerful and technology loaded, the taut and toned all-new Ranger also sets new standards in safety with a full range of active and passive features including Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Load Adaptive Control (LAC) and Emergency Brake Assist.

The All-New Ranger is available here in Brunei through its sole distributer here, Premier Automobiles. It is available in two engine variants – 2.2 liter Duratorq and 3.2 liter Duratorq.

All-new Ford Focus wins “Family Car of the Year 2012”

The all-new Ford Focus was named “Family Car of the Year” by COTY 2012. Launched in Malaysia in September, the all-new Focus is distinguished by its sleek and sporty design, fun-to-drive and fuel efficient performance, and comprehensive safety package.

The all-new Ford Focus is also packed with smart technologies and features such as the award-winning Ford SYNC™ connectivity system, as well as Active Park Assist, Active City Stop, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and Active Grill Shutter which are all first in the compact segment.

The all-new Focus will be introduced in Brunei sometime in year 2013. No dates have been announced yet.

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