8 November 2004

Ford European arm will be hoping to get a considerable credibility boost when it launches the SAV, its own take on the American-market Ford Freestyle (above). The Freestyle, which has just been launched in the US, is sister to the Ford 500 saloon (Autocar 31 August) and is also based on the Volvo S80's platform. For has cleverly squeezed in three rows of seats. Four wheel drive is optional and a V6 engine is standard. Think of it as a cross between a Mondeo estate and a Volvo XC90 off-roader.

Ford's Australian arm has also developed the impressive Territory (right). Although a little closer to an SUV, the emphasis os on car-like handling and it is sold with both rear- and all-wheel drive.

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