Green light for Performax Ford F-series pick-ups
RIGHT-hand drive versions of America's most popular pick-up will be delivered in August, with prices starting at less than $100,000.
Australian Design Rule approval for the 2014 Ford Super Duty F-250 pick-up has been achieved by Gympie-based importer Performax International.
The approval enables the F-series to be road-registered in all Australian states and territories.
It completes a six-month development program led by former GM Holden and Ford Australia engineers at Performax's manufacturing headquarters.
In addition to its current annual output of about 320 right-hand drive Chevrolet Silverado, Toyota Tundra and Dodge RAM pick-ups, Performax International will have the capacity to build up to 300 more Ford F-250s and F-350s.
The F-250 comes with a 6.7-litre V8 common-rail turbo diesel engine producing 294kW of power and a massive 1084Nm of torque.
Combined with six-speed automatic transmission and on-the-fly four-wheel drive, this gives the vehicle a five-tonne towing capacity along with all-terrain ability.
Performax general manager, Glenn Soper said he expected healthy demand for the stylish new Fords from business and private buyers.
"The F-250 is a magnificent vehicle, with not only prodigious power but also supreme style and comfort for the driver and four passengers. We're very happy with the mechanical and interior finish quality of the unit we submitted for ADR approval," he said.
"Performax International initially will offer the Ford Super Duty crew-cab from less than $100,000, with higher-spec Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum crew-cabs for around $125,000 plus on-roads (prices subject to prevailing exchange rates).
"In addition, buyers of a Performax-built F-series will have the assurance their vehicle is not just a one-off conversion job, but fully-warranted with production-line quality, consistency and parts availability."
Ford Australia recently ruled out importing the F-series itself, citing insufficient demand.
"However, Performax International believes there is good potential from buyers new to the model as well as residual demand from those who bought Brazilian-converted F-250s from Ford Australia between 2001 and 2007," Mr Soper said.
Model: Ford Super Duty F-250.
Engine: 6.7-litre V8 PowerStroke common-rail turbo diesel engine generating 294kW @ 2800rpm and 1084Nm @ 1600rpm.
Transmission: Selectshift six-speed automatic, electronic shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive.
Towing: Five-tonne capacity.
Warranty: Four-year 120,000km warranty with roadside assistance.