Ford Southern Africa's Struandale engine plant has begun production of a new engine, heralding its role as a global hub for diesel power.Production of the Ford Duratorq TDCi in South Africa is part of a R3.4-billion export investment programme that includes the upgrade and expansion of production facilities at Ford SA's engine plant and Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria. FOR FORD RANGERStruandale’s Duratorq TDCi engines will power the next-generation global Ford Ranger bakkie, which will be built at Silverton, which has expanded to handle annual production of 110 000 vehicles. "This new diesel engine will help drive our transformation in South Africa," said Lewis Booth, Ford's executive vice president and chief financial officer. "It is a key reason the new Ford Ranger is a class leader in such a globally competitive segment. The Ranger will be exported from South Africa to 148 markets, solidifying South Africa's role as a key operation in Ford's global manufacturing footprint."Booth joined employees and key stakeholders at a launch celebration in South Africa, where he was group managing director from 1997 to 2000.