MOTORING’S NIGHT OF NIGHTS

RANGER RAPTOR REVEALED AS 4X4OTY AT THE AUSTRALIAN MOTORING AWARDS.

WORDS TRISTAN TANCREDI PHOTOS ELLEN DEWAR & ALASTAIR BROOK

THE Ford Ranger Raptor was revealed as the 4x4 of the Year at the 2019 Australian Motoring Awards. The event, held at the Peninsula in the Docklands, Melbourne, is the motoring industry’s night of nights.

Not only was the best four-wheel drive crowned, but the Wheels Car of the Year (Volvo XC40), MOTOR Performance Car of the Year (Porsche 911 GT2 RS) and WhichCar Style (Audi A7) awards were also presented on the night.

The Ford Ranger Raptor received the majority of the judges’ votes – only fractionally ahead of the Ranger XLT, mind you – due to its effortless off-road ability and sophisticated suspension set-up.

Tony Jordan, Ford Australia’s marketing communications and brand strategy manager, accepted the award on behalf of Ford.

“The team at Broadmeadows and Lara Proving Ground put this car through its paces for years and years and years,” he said. “I get the easy job of just having to market and sell the car. It’s fantastic.”

For complete coverage of the Australian Motoring Awards – and to read all about 4X4OTY – head to whichcar.com.au

The Australian Motoring Awards is an annual event designed to showcase and celebrate the best new vehicles in the industry of the preceding year – as well as share a few wines with like-minded folk. Past winners of the 4x4 of the Year include the Land Rover Discovery SD4 (2018), Toyota Land Cruiser 79 (2017) and Ford Everest Trend (2016).