Ford SA goes global with Duratorq
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 RANGER
Struandale’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.
gertie - 2011-06-29 08:32
It is good for our SA employees working at the plant and Ford as company ONLY!! The vehicles built locally will still be more expensive than what you could buy them oversees after they have been shipped there.
pure.black - 2011-06-29 11:44
Yes they will be cheaper because their governments are not cgarging 70% in various taxes. If you buy a car in SA, between 50% & 70% of that money goes to government coffers hence there is always 100% difference in prices between here and other countries. And please dont blame ANC, the taxes were more than 100% during the previous regime
gertie - 2011-06-29 13:10
This has been the case even WAY back, yes. One could re-import a Toyota Conquest in the 1980's (that was built in SA) from Australia, pay all the taxes and transport back to SA, and still have some change left.
The motoring industry have always been heavily protected and still is.
lumifi - 2011-08-25 15:33
South African costumers are a long time waiting for the Mondeo, Ka, C Max, S Max, Kuga,Galaxy, Transit and Transit tourneo. Bring them here!
Sean - 2011-08-27 06:27
It really is crap to see all the nice cars the UK has in RHD. Mondeo TDCI Hatchback etc. Ford Transit's are great for work and the Kuga and C max would have made sales as well. Good thing the next ranger is looking to be a great buy.
Sean - 2011-08-27 06:26
Pity they use so many imported materials! not only on the actual production line but also in the shipping process.
Lawrence Neuser - 2014-01-15 14:26
When will FoMoCo get It through their thick head, some people do not have room to operate a F150, And that the Ford Ranger is the correct size Truck to own.