The Gemini: Nissan Patrol – Ford Maverick (Ford seems to have reserved the model name Maverick for the outsiders of his line-up. Today we discuss Ford’s version of the Nissan Patrol.
Ford sold a compact model called Maverick in the 1970s, but in the Netherlands we know the Maverick mainly as a three- and five-door off-road vehicle that was used between 1993 and 1998. the order lists stood. In fact, that Maverick had very little to do with Ford, as it was a Ford Europe-ridden variant of the Nissan Terrano II. In 2000, Ford brought a completely new Maverick onto the European market, a car for which Ford’s European division was knocked on by Mazda’s good knowledge. This Maverick, which was sold between 2001 and 2005 in Europe – but not in the Netherlands – was a Mazda Tribute with Ford logo. In the United States, Ford added the name Edge to that generation. For the Ford Maverick this week is all about, we drop off to Australia.
Between 1988 and 1994, the Australian branch of Ford sold a Maverick that had nothing to do with the models described above. Ford grabbed a fourth generation Nissan Patrol (Y60) with its lurves and glued on its own emblems. The Ford Maverick, which, like the Patrol, was available as a three-door, five-door and as a pick-up, had to deal with a set of drum brakes in all cases, while more expensive versions of the Patrol also had disc brakes there. The Maverick was only available with a 170 hp and 320 Nm strong 4, 2-liter six-cylinder petrol engine and a 116 hp and 264 Nm strong 4, 2-liter diesel engine, an atmospheric six-cylinder. The Patrol was then also available with a 2, 8-liter six-cylinder turbodiesel. The Ford Maverick was not a big success. In the six years that the car was delivered, roughly 16, 000 units found an owner.
The Ford Maverick is one of the results of the Motor Industry Development Plan from 1984, a strategy of the Australian government, also called the Button Car Plan after the then minister of industry. The Button Car Plan had to reduce the level of protectionism that the Australian government applied to its own car industry. Initially, the industry was protected with high import duties. In Australia, at the beginning of the eighties counting 16 million inhabitants, Holdens Commodore, Fords Falcon, Toyotas Cornona and Corolla and many other models were produced. Only a small number of them were shipped abroad. That had to be different.
Fewer models and higher quality, driven by the larger presence of foreign cars, had to push the profits. The import duties were reduced considerably and the number of models that could be built in Australia was reduced from thirteen to six, divided over three ‘parties’.
The consequence of the above was that there were lots of models shared. Ford and Nissan found each other and the Ford Maverick was just one of the fruits of that collaboration. For example, the Nissan Pintara became a Ford Corsair and the Nissan Pulsar a Holden Astra. Holden pulled some of his smaller models from Toyota and Toyota would use larger models from Holden. That cooperation between Honda and Toyota, called United Australian Automotive industries, has led to more special mishaps, of which there will certainly be a number later in this section. The Toyota Corolla and Camry were the Holden Nova and Holden Apollo respectively. Toyota sold the Lexcen from the late 1980s to the end of the nineties, based on several generations of the Holden Commodore.