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Re: ford fanboys
Vehicle testing and appraisal is extremely subjective.
The result (a thumbs up or down) will depend on the test route, the road surface, and the journalist's particular preference.
Exotic locations are picked for launches as it provides excellent photo opportunities, plus for many journos, it's a bit of a 'jolly', to be schmoozed by a Press Department with a big budget, as much as to drive the cars.
I've always preferred to actually drive a car myself, rather than take a road test's opinion wholesale, as my own preferences/tolerances/points to critique may well differ.
A few years ago, I was invited to a Lexus Day (at a posh hotel), where food & drink was complimentary, and you could drive any and all of the range.
That was some 4 years ago, and I was so impressed by the cars - we haven't bought, nor would contemplate owning one.
At the end of the day, it's your money, so its your opinion that counts the most.
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