Ford SA's big diesel for US

2012-12-11 12:28

PORT ELIZABETH - Ford SA is to assemble 3.2-litre Duratorq five-cylinder turbodiesel engines for export to the US.

The company's Port Elizabeth plant will increase
production of the engine by 31 000 a year to meet US demand for the engine recently introduced with the Ford Ranger bakkie. It will be used in one of Europe's most popular vans, the Transit, when it joins the Ford US line-up for the first time in 2013.

The engine will be known there as the 3.2 Power Stroke diesel and will be Ford SA's first engine export to the US. Though the Transit is also expected in South African
during the second quarter of 2013 the locally-built big diesel won't be used in it. Instead, SA will get a 2.2 diesel sourced from the UK and Turkey. Go figure...


Satya Banda, manager of the Struandale engine plant, said: "Duratorq TDCi production for North America is in line with our focus on leveraging capacity and offering global flexibility, as part of the 'One Ford' strategy.

"The expansion programme will see equipment added to the machining and assembly lines.”

The Duratorq TDCi will be exported to a Kansas City plant which received an R8.5-billion investment for the Transit programme which will start in late 2013.

  • MuhammadSheikOumar - 2012-12-11 14:35

    Thats great for business but what about meeting local demand? The Ranger has a 6 month long waiting list. When will this be sorted out? A year has gone by and Ford SA are still struggling to supply SA customers.

      sabelo.mzuku - 2012-12-12 13:53

      When driving toward the O.R Tambo Airport via the R21 from Pretoria, past the car depot in Kaalfontein, there are thousands of Ford Rangers gathering dust parked there!! how is that possible?

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-12-12 14:13

      @Sabelo - lots of guys changed their orders for Hilux's at the last minute

  • jacques.shepperson - 2012-12-11 14:39

    Engine supply is not one of them... might be other parts that cause the delay. Ford must also export many Rangers... to import other models.

  • Stormkaap - 2012-12-11 17:40

    The 2.2 is an absolute beaut of a motor.

      lourensenchrisna - 2012-12-12 07:40

      How is the diesel consumption per 100 km?

  • leon.carstens.77 - 2012-12-15 07:13

    That engine is great especially when hi rise suspension gti's (amarok), navaras and hilux's try to compete on the highway. The ranger makes mash of the rivals!!! So happy with my ranger

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-12-19 12:13

      Hi -Rise GTi's ? Ha Ha Ha , classic

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