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2011-09-06 09:34
Bakkies are big business for Ford in South Africa.

The launch of its new Ranger, then, is vitally important. 

As such, the Blue Oval will have a state-of-the-art simulator on its stand at the Johannesburg International Motor Show come October, 2011, that will allow guests to feel the dynamics and test the capabilities of Ford's all-new Ranger pick-up.


The simulator will demonstrate the bakkie's tow sway and traction control or performance enthusiasts will be able to test the sporting credentials of the vehicle by taking it off-road in a race against the clock.

Ben Pillay, Ford SA's marketing manager, is hugely excited. "The Ford stand will have a number of exciting innovations that will allow customers to experience the real-world benefits of the all-new Ranger in a variety of virtual scenarios. It’s a first in South Africa and is sure to be a hit with the public."
The public will also have the opportunity to view the all-new Ranger in the metal, with the full line-up of models available on show with three body styles – Single, Super and Double Cab - while two new Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel engines and one proven Ford Duratec petrol engine will be on offer.


Ford’s new turbodiesel trump card will be its 3.2-litre Duratorq TDCi I5. This in-line five cylinder turbodiesel produces 147kW at 3000rpm and 470Nm at 2750rpm. Although the numbers are not class-leading they are wholly competitive; second only, in fact, to the Nissan Navara's V9X engine.

A new 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi I4 diesel engine, with a maximum power output 110kW at 3700rpm and peak torque of 375Nm at 2500rpm, completes the diesel engine line-up. The only petrol engine option is a modified version of the long-serving 2.5-litre non-turbo four-cylinder petrol, good for 122kW and 226Nm.

JIMS will be at the Johannesburg Expo Centre fromOctober 6-16, 2011.

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