A Ford Everest media test drive in Australia has ended with a massive fire.

A Ford Everest media test drive in Australia has ended with a massive fire.

During a test ride of the new SUV, our colleague Peter Barnwel from News Corp Australia noticed the warning lights started to appear on the instrument panel and shortly after it went blank and the engine shut down.

Then, the engine bay was quickly covered in flames and the fire brigade arrived. It took them more than 20 minutes to extinguish the flames. The accident happened on Redhead Road near Newcastle, about 175 km north of Sydney.

“As I rolled to a stop it just burst into flames,” Barnwell commented. “There were flames licking out from under the bonnet. They couldn’t put the fire out for ages. Some of the material wouldn’t extinguish. There were explosions and bits of shrapnel firing 50m down the road. I got as far away from the thing as I could.”

A spokesman for Ford Australia confirmed this is the first registered incident of that type. He told news.com.au that the company is “not aware of similar reports regarding the new Everest, the new Ranger or the previous Ranger.” The automaker is currently investigating into what caused the accident.

The new Ford Everest is designed and engineered in Australia but is manufactured in Thailand.

Source: news.com.au

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