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Ford brings digital Ranger to SA

2011-09-06 09:34

DIGITAL TEST DRIVE: Come mid-October, Ford fans can climb onboard a Ranger simulator at the Johannesburg International Motor Show.

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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