Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has announced its securing of an export contract to supply the Ranger to African markets.
FMCSA expects to produce about 10 000 units for export during the remainder of 2008. This is expected to increase to 24 000 units in 2009 and 40 000 by 2010.
Ranger is produced at Ford's Silverton facility just outside Pretoria. Exports of right-hand drive models started in April while left-hand drive units will follow in July.
"This is another important contract for Ford of Southern Africa, and clearly shows the confidence Ford Motor Company has in our world-class workforce and their ability to produce vehicles of international standards and quality," said Hal Feder, president and CEO of FMCSA.
"This announcement further highlights South Africa's capabilities in an increasingly competitive global market.
"The automotive sector plays an important role in the South African economy and we will continue to develop our significance both locally and as a strategic export base for vehicles, engines and components for Ford Motor Company," Feder continued.
"It also further highlights our ongoing commitment to expanding our operations and export component in South Africa."
FMCSA recently announced a R1.5-billion expansion to its operation ahead of production and export of the next-generation global compact pickup in 2011 and the Puma diesel engine.