World's top bakkie named

2012-11-08 09:13

ESSEX, England -  The Ford Ranger has won the “International Pick-Up Award 2013” making it the third international award the US automaker has won in 2012.

Judges ranked the new Ranger based on its performance, engine line-up, payload and towing capability. The bakkie was tested at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, England.

The Izuzu D-Max and Volkswagen Amarok placed second and third, respectively.


Jarlath Sweeney, a judge on the panel, said: "The Ford Ranger is a great all-rounder, combining the perfect blend of on-road comfort and stability with off-road capability."

Paul Randle, vehicle line director of Ford Europe, said: “The Ranger is great for work and great for leisure, and customers will appreciate the difference as soon as they get behind the wheel.

“This prestigious award is testament to the work of our global product teams and there is plenty more to look forward to with the launch of the all-new Transit and all-new Transit Connect in 2013.”

Ford has also scooped the 2012 “International Engine of the Year” for its 1.0 EcoBoost petrol engine as well as the International Van of the Year 2013  (new Transit Custom).

  • lourensenchrisna - 2012-11-08 10:38

    New Ranger won the “International Pick-Up Award 2013” award following extensive testing at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, England, after which it was awarded 47 points – more than the combined number of points garnered by the second- and third-placed Isuzu D-Max and Volkswagen Amarok. The award was presented to Ford by jury chairman Pieter Wieman at the Fleet Transport EXPO 12 event, in Dublin.

      Blixum - 2012-11-08 21:35

      So?! What's your point? Duh!

      Blixum - 2012-11-08 21:35

      So?! What's your point? Duh!

      jango.za - 2012-11-12 13:34

      Yip. And 5 years later after a real test of time in the bushveld, Pieter Wieman admits the gearbox, diff, cylinder-head, water-pump, you name it, problems experienced by the same said Ford.

      brak.jan - 2012-11-12 14:59

      @jango - 5 years later? so it cannot be the new Ranger then. We will have to wait and see. The engine is already proven though.....

  • riotousr - 2012-11-08 11:08

    I have always suspected so. But I still habour a soft spot for the Amarok. As for the Toyota, I am of the opinion that it is too good for its own good.

  • merven.halo - 2012-11-08 13:00

    The problem I've got with both the Amarok and Ranger is the hard plastic finish on the door panels and dashboard. It scratch like nothing. Especially with bakkies, why not use a softer, scratch resistant material like with my Jeep's interior?

  • regardt.preez - 2012-11-08 13:11

    Mooi Ford, uiteindelik vang julle op, na jarrre se probeer, darm weet ek my hilux is al deur generasies getoets en BEWYS... Congrats aan Ford vir wat dit werd is.

      brak.jan - 2012-11-08 13:27

      Your Hilux has a very good reputation Regardt. Keep in mind that many of the ranger’s components are proven as well. The engines for instance have been doing duty in the Ford Transit for the past 7 years. Unfortunately it seems that Toyota has become complacent and is now very-very far behind in the bakkie market. They have some tough choices to make. The current Hilux platform is outdated. Should they bring in the Tundra / Tacoma? Will they rebadge them ‘Hilux’ in SA? What engines will they use? Whatever choices Toyota makes on the matter, their next pick-up will have to be something special…

      brak.jan - 2012-11-08 13:27

      Your Hilux has a very good reputation Regardt. Keep in mind that many of the ranger’s components are proven as well. The engines for instance have been doing duty in the Ford Transit for the past 7 years. Unfortunately it seems that Toyota has become complacent and is now very-very far behind in the bakkie market. They have some tough choices to make. The current Hilux platform is outdated. Should they bring in the Tundra / Tacoma? Will they rebadge them ‘Hilux’ in SA? What engines will they use? Whatever choices Toyota makes on the matter, their next pick-up will have to be something special…

      rokster - 2012-11-16 17:23

      Sorry Regardt, ek antwoord eintlik vir brak jan hier: brak I live in the USA and can tell you that the Tundra is in a different class (F-150, Ram 1500 etc) to the Hilux, so it will never replace it. Also, the Tacoma seems to me to be even more outdated than the Hilux so I do not think that is an option. It is ironic that my favorite vehicles, diesel double cabs, are not available in the country where you can get anything and get it very cheaply. Oh well, Ram 1500 with the 3.7 V6 and 8-speed auto will have to do then.

  • regardt.preez - 2012-11-08 13:13

    Geluk Ford !!! Dit het lank gevat maar dis daar. Gaan my nie my Hilux mask verkoop nie !

  • moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-08 14:19

    I know it’s not so important - but the thing I like about the ranger is the back sliding window... its "flat glass" look when closed looks great unlike the other older looking back window in the Toyotas. I dislike the fact that some models of the ranger and VW don’t come with these back windows because they are great for fresh air when its raining and safe enough to leave open on hot day while on site. That’s my 2 cents worth :)… otherwise I love all double cabs!

      VanessaRdaSilva13 - 2012-11-14 08:52

      Hi Moses, the reason for some of the models not having the sliding window is that these models were awarded an EURO Ncap 5 star rating and under this rating these windows are not allowed...Ranger was the first bakkie in the world to receive a 5 star rating...pretty impressive

  • MuhammadSheikOumar - 2012-11-08 15:13

    Great bakkie, well deserved.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-11-08 19:18

    Deserves it on looks but I have heard they have gearbox problems.

      jc.smit - 2012-11-08 22:09

      That would be the previous generation Ranger...

      jc.smit - 2012-11-08 22:09

      That would be the previous generation Ranger...

      reinhildheimo.bohmer - 2012-11-11 14:00

      ...or a Hilux salesman !!!

      jango.za - 2012-11-12 13:23

      @JC.Smit - that would be any Ranger. It's a Ford - problems come standard.

      armandearl.vanzyl - 2012-11-13 23:00

      My dads current 2007 3.0 tdci ranger has 310000 km on the clock, not one gearbox, diff or engine problem. You can bring any new hilux d4d and it will still not keep up. I drive it regulary on long trips and still feels solid. I geuss my dad must be very lucky...

  • Abba Gti Shabas - 2012-11-08 22:39

    we make it bt getting noting,anyway well done wit our hand ford

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-11-09 08:04

    How about VW Amarok?

      jango.za - 2012-11-12 13:23


  • grant.lottering.5 - 2012-11-09 21:00

    Great to see Ford making a proper and true representation to RSA market. Best Bakkie. Best Engine(1ltr). Best Van. Best SA Rally car. Best Fuel Economy's. The List goes on. Great work Ford. At this rate the future looks bright.

  • Dev.Oli4 - 2012-11-11 21:58

    Net in Suid-Afrika waar Hilux bo is in bakkie verkope. Maar RSA se wiskunde punte is ook die swakste in die wêreld. So Hilux gaan nog lank daar bo bly. Ford 470 nm vs Hilux 343 nm. Towing Ford 3.370 ton vs 1.800 ton. Ford 5 sterre vir veiligheid. Hilux 3?? 6 spoed ratkas vs 5 spoed Prys dieselfde, maar Hilux sonder leersitplekke en baie ander ekstras.

  • glenn.martin.906 - 2012-11-12 12:47

    Will never Buy another Ranger. Had mine for three years. Changed cyclinder head twice and gearbox three times this all having the services and repairs done at a ford dealer. Very happy with my new Hilux.

      jango.za - 2012-11-12 13:28

      Yip. Easy to win a high-level review competition. Now let's talk in 5 years after they have had some track-record. As always, a Ford will remain a Ford: nice spec-sheet, no pedigree in reliability or capability. Way to early to be getting euphoric at this stage.

      brak.jan - 2012-11-12 15:05

      @jango – ‘No pedigree in reliability or capability’? Very harsh words for one of the world oldest and biggest automobile brands. You sound like a ardent Toyota supporter, but please try to be objective with your comments. The Hilux does not trump the Ranger in any category: it’s faster, stronger, safer, tows more, carries more, rides better, etc. The Hilux only has history on its side. If it does not adapt, it will become part of history itself…..

      trevor.bush.9655 - 2012-11-13 06:44

      I bet you had the old Ranger...you now comparing lemons to oranges boet....Hilux is a great bakkie if you want 8 year old tech with 8 year old riding on plank comfort, proven but very dated. Go test drive the new Ranger and be prepared to be impressed

      jango.za - 2012-11-13 11:59

      @brak.jan. You answered the point yourself: "The Hilux only has history on its side". Yes, all of Africa will tell you that, and the Hilux has been trumped on specs many, many years already. Look at the Diesels from Isuzu and Mitsubishi, look at Nissan's Navara. There is nothing new about beating Toyota on a spec-sheet. We have seen this for a decade already, but do travels in Africa - spec-sheets mean zip compared to a proven history of toughness and spares availability. No, I am not a Toyota brand fan, but if I travel Africa - there is no other brand. Nissan make a tough product too, but the spares logistics is simply not as good. Landrover - I am not a good mechanic - so I leave that to my friends who are. If pulling a boat or caravan in the confines of South Africa is the most your trusted 4x4 will do - sure, try the Ford. Use it for its intended purposes and across our borders, no thanks, I will stick to a trusty Hilux anyday. I have done enough 4x4 excursions to know this to be true, and ask any other fanatic that has traveled our stunning continent. You will see the odd Pajero and Landrover, you will see many Toyota Landcruiser Pickups, Hiluxes, Series 80 and 100 Cruisers, and 1st Gen Prados. Fords? Sorry, can't recall when I have seen one in the bundus. So if it's not good enough to tame Africa, then it's good enough to be a pavement hopper with a mighty fine spec-sheet. If that's your calling, good for you. In terms of my personal favorite, a Mercedes G-Wagon!

      brak.jan - 2012-11-13 12:42

      @jango – I have done a few incursions into Africa myself; if you really venture far enough into the bundu, spares for any brand become an issue. Only hardcore, (mechanically) basic 4x4’s (Land Cruiser 76/78/79, Defender) have an advantage because they can be more easily repaired. Except maybe for a Land Drover, you will find one around every second corner being used as a coop. Your Hilux/Prado/Fortuner/etc. with common-rail injection and loads of electronic components will have the same problem as the Ranger. Anyway, 99.999% of new pickups will not venture into remote Africa. They will at best do duty somewhere in the Free State or Karoo, with spares readily available. If you fall in the 99.999% category and still buy a Hilux, you are missing out on how good a pickup can really be. Toyota must have the resources to come up with a worthy competitor jango, but they are, beyond any doubt, very far behind.

      brak.jan - 2012-11-13 12:46

      @jango – I also love the G-Wagon, awesome 4x4 capabilities! Pity a new one is insanely expensive.

      jango.za - 2012-11-13 13:41

      @brak.jan. We can both agree on the G-Wagon, but yes, extremely expensive. In terms of the problems you identify, I have very rarely experienced those from any vehicle on my travels. Common-Rail injection is now an old and proven technology. My experiences have indicated the creation of "birds-nests" around the front drive-shafts (created by a high middle-man on jeep tracks)- causing fires; hydraulic clutch hoses being snared (having to then drive the transfer case on revs); oil sump damage; stone protector plates that collect muck and creating temperature problems; diff damage; broken suspension struts (common on Isuzu); and waterpump failures. Mostly, many punctures. It is the "under the skin" architecture that Toyota really gets right. The part most of us take for granted. These architectures are formulated and proven over many models. Most manufacturers tend to re-invent chassis' with every new model, where Toyota has an aged and conservative approach. Their recipe is not going to change, that's their strength. If the Ford is simply going to do 99.9% type work - then a Prado is far more comfortable at doing the same thing. This new Ford needs to prove itself first, far too many manufacturers keep touting their new models (like with the previous Ford Couriers & Ranger) - all falling short of the excitement they initially generated. Also remember, Toyota is due a new Hilux shortly, and I have no doubt that the specs will not live up to the Ford. It will simply work - well.

      brak.jan - 2012-11-13 14:18

      @jango – it looks like we can do this for a while ?. Common rail may be an old technology, but it is still very sensitive to fuel quality, hence many manufacturers insisting on 50ppm diesel, something that is not available in the bundu. Your argument was based on spares availability; spares will be equally scarce for all brands in the bundu. As you have travelled a lot of the beaten path, you will know the any repairs to your vehicle will usually have to be done by yourself, so the simpler the tech, the better. Hilux/Ranger/Isuzu will be equally difficult to repair. Again, the vast majority of pickups will never see the bundu. A Prado and Ranger are also not comparable; different types of vehicles and there is a R200000 price difference. Toyota might traditionally have a conservative approach, but failure to adapt is catastrophic, ask GM. Let’s hope Toyota’s next pickup (Hilux/Tundra/Tacoma) brings more good competition to the market. In the end, the customer is the winner.

      jango.za - 2012-11-14 13:25

      @brak.jan. Common rail supporting 500ppm (and poorer) is very important from manufacturers that develop proper 4x4s. 50ppm is primarily associated with soft-roaders, so again, I don't agree with your point made at all. Even the new Pajero DiD engine (140Kw) fully supports 500ppm - and all the Toyota's certainly do. The Japanese manufacturers, in particular, are still totally sensitive to poor quality diesel for 4x4'ers in Africa. The Koreans, by example, less so. But then again - they focus on soft-roaders, so my point still stands. As for the repairs done by self, exactly, limiting that is a must. Every trip I have been on, don't bother comparing the Toyota's to anything else in this regard. Landrover and Isuzu showing the most frailties. A spec sheet is worth zip when you have to be your own mechanic. Right now, you are still touting a totally unproven vehicle, based on what? You experiences of Ford in Africa? Then you are unique, and certainly don't hang out with any of the fraternity that I do. So in this regard, agreement is not going to be reached, sorry, you just don't have a leg to stand on. I do not disagree on the specs front, but as for robustness, it's simply not proven anything to anyone yet - and nor has its predecessors. As for comparing a Prado - you missed the point. My point is - if you are looking for a soft, comfortable, 99.9% type bakkie, get a soft-roader. Don't see the point of driving over 2 tons of metal to get work-horse comforts. Senseless.

      jango.za - 2012-11-14 14:13

      @brak.jan. As for GM, never noted them on top of the SA sales charts, so you are quoting an American consumer story. Their consumer dynamics have zip to do with us. By example, they don't even like diesel, or for that matter - a manual gearbox. A single-cab "truck" is a lifestyle statement there, specifically in the inland states. Back to SA: Toyota have been tops a long time, and for all this 'great' Ford is on paper (like the Navara, like the Amarok, like DiD Triton), Toyota are still there. So clearly - there is a trusted formula that they have (and I certainly know the 4x4 fraternities believe in it). The resale value of their bakkies indicates the same thing. However, good luck to any manufacturer that brings out a new and exciting product. Ford need a rep improvement first, this product may be the one to do it. However, time will tell, euphoria now about a sweet bakkie ride and the specs is a separate matter to a company that knows a proven formula. Personally, a softroader will give me a sweeter ride if going about town is the sum total of it's purpose. Even then, if specs is purely the driver, then the Nissan Navara V6 (and they do build quality products as even the Australians know) wins for me. As this point - trusting a Japanese Nissan over an Australian Ford is still more palatable, but that's just my personal opinion.

      brak.jan - 2012-11-14 14:26

      @jango – Toyota SA’s recommendation: http://www.toyota.co.za/ResourcePage.aspx?ArticleContentId=47&PrevPage=/toyotacare/default.aspx.They also prefers 50ppm diesel. The quality of diesel you will get higher up in Africa is much worse than 500ppm, trust me. It is so bad that the serious off roaders prefer petrol 4x4’s, regardless of fuel consumption. Only diesels with direct/indirect mechanical fuel injection can survive (to an extent) with very bad diesel. The new ranger’s engines have been doing duty for 7 years already. For its overall reliability, we will have to wait and see. If it proves to be reliable, how will the Hilux then be touted as better? Repairs done by yourself must be limited, but if you have not have to do it, you have not travelled far enough into the bundu. My overall experience with Ford in Africa is very positive. A soft roader will not work for me (and thousands of farmers, construction workers, etc) as I have to carry heavy loads, plus people over rough terrain on a regular basis. The horses’ tack/the horses’ feed/diesel drums/farm supplies/etc. won’t fit in a soft roader, nor will it tow the horse trailer/caravan/cattle trailer simultaneously with ease. So it is neither senseless nor pointless. A Ford Ranger with its 470nm of torque, 5 star Euro NCAP rating, 7 air bags, trailer sway control, roll over mitigation, 3.3ton tow rating, to name a few, will work perfectly for my purposes, thank you. And apparently the rest of the world feels the same.

      brak.jan - 2012-11-14 14:53

      @jango – GM topped sales charts in South Africa, albeit long ago. GM was, and currently is again the world’s largest auto maker by vehicle unit sales. They almost went bankrupt in 2009 due to a failure to adapt, which I was the point I’m trying to make. Toyota, specifically won the hearts of many South Africans by making a superior, inexpensive and reliable product. Go ask all the old F100 and C10 owners of the 60’s and 70’s. Currently they are no longer superior, expensive and no more reliable than the other top brands. Why, elsewhere on this site it is reported that Toyota just had another mega recall. They will have to adapt and make a competitive product again. A V6 Navara? At R100000 more than the Ranger? No thank you. I have driven one. It is a good pickup, but cannot compete with the Ranger, especially at that price! It sound like you have made your mind up about the Ranger and won’t give it a fair chance or recognize that, if proven reliable, will be an great product.

      jango.za - 2012-11-14 17:45

      @brak.jan. So your Ford bias has eventually come through - you have bought the product. I don't own a Toyota, but have plenty experience with them where it counts. No-one goes to North Africa from SA in vehicles, the logistics problem is massive due to unrest. So let's park that. If we are talking from SA to Kenya, sorry - your Ford does not cut it. There are more Toyota dealers in small towns then there are Ford Dealers in Namibia. If confused, check the Toyota dealer logistics map for Africa yourself. If you keep insisting that modern day diesels are a problem, irrespective of brand, then get a Toyota Landcruiser pickup. Thank you for the quotations off your Ford Sales brochure, I trust they included the zero trade-in value quota as well? As for your speculation to see if it proves to be reliable in 7 years, there will certainly be a new Toyota product out long before then. I predict the sales charts won't budge from where they are now. So for all "your farmers" using Fords around the country, there a 4 x more using Hilux. So that point of yours is completely mute. As for Toyota mega-calls, we are not talking Prius here, or the Ford Focus that endured the same challenge. Let's stick to the point. I won't see many of your Ranges where I go, very few Ford dealers in Bots, Tanzania and Kenya. No 4x4ers in our club even use Ford. Enjoy whilst it lasts, it is a Ford, an Africa has never proven to be a happy hunting ground for any Ford 4x4 in any serious community.

      brak.jan - 2012-11-15 09:32

      @jango – Please try to read my comments carefully: 1 - I have no Ford bias, I’m just asking for objectivity.2 - I do not own a Ranger. 3 - No one goes to North Africa in SA vehicles? So have not ventured far enough into the Bundu. 4 - Remember, the Bundu is not a 4x4 track near Sandton. 5 -I recommend the Cruiser pick more than once for venturing into Africa. 6 -The vast majority of pickups won’t be used to venture into the Bundu. 7 - Spares availability is irrelevant if you’re broken down in Northern Angola with no connectivity. You will have to fix your vehicle yourself. 8 – You are missing the point on farmers, construction workers, etc. You said I should by a soft roader because driving in 2 tons of metal for workhorse comforts is ‘senseless’. The point was that a soft roader will not work for 1000’s of people. Hilux is the best selling pick up in South Africa, but that does not make it the best. The best Hilux experience I had was ‘n 80’s model single cab. It was reliable, priced right and was not years behind on any spec. It had better road holding than the new ones too. My issue with Toyota in general is that they have become complacent. They have a very good reputation in South Africa, which prevents people from seeing their shortcomings and problems. The public will be under this impression for only so long. This is getting tedious Jango. You feel that all Fords are cr@p and Toyota is awesome. Good for you. I honestly hope you and your 4x4 club enjoy your Hiluxes.

  • jango.za - 2012-11-15 13:33

    brak.jan. So in your mind - Northern Angola is North Africa? Get a map, clearly you don't do any travels. I've listed where I've been, and you certainly don't need to do Somalia, Chad, Egypt, Morocco and the like to experience very tough vehicle punishment. I don't know of anyone personally that has pushed that far North, as I said, for safety and logistics reasons. Your claim is - none of us can therefore be serious 4x4 'ers. You really are clueless, have you even been into the Caprivi and into the Delta in Bots? I have done up to central Angola, Mozambique, Kenya, and Tanzania too. I will not claim to be the most adventured, like you, who is still to learn that N.Angola and N.Africa are not the same thing, but I have done plenty mileage - and none of those have had a Ford nearby. What DO YOU think the reasons are for that? Can't be lack of marketing, you already reminded me how old the company is. As for repairs, I've done plenty, and we carry plenty with us of the common items, including multiple tires. However, a damaged diff or suspension strut, gearbox oil seals, is not among those, that's why we use Toyota. As for Soft-Roaders, I mentioned the term - "in my opinion" - and I was not referencing farmers, but your 99.9% of urban usage requirements. So you need to read writing, as well as a GPS. You are right, Ford must be the best pickup in SA, just an exceptionally well kept secret that the market is too stupid to know over many decades of experience with the brand.

      jango.za - 2012-11-15 13:56

      Lastly, please stick to reading spec sheets. You don't need anything more for Benoni and surrounds. When you have worked out where Angola is in Africa (a hint, it's not Northern Africa), and that there are in fact challenging routes between SA and Kenya, or SA and the Delta, or SA to the Planalto region in Angola - then come and write opinions. Lastly, I don't hate the Ford brand, they have simply never been considerations for trips by any serious bundu adventurer known to me (yes, bundus do exist in Southern and Central Africa too, amazing I know). I have many times enjoyed the "Toyota vs. Landrover" debates around a camp fire, and these are always in good spirits between the respective owners. But sorry, never heard of Landy vs. Ford, or Toyota vs. Ford for serious bundu explorations. Wonder why? Another best kept secret? Good luck to anyone buying the Ford, it is a newer generation of vehicle than the current Hilux, but at the same time, remains untested with not exactly a sparkling heritage behind it. That is my main point. You are right, this is tiring, and the only crap I now know of, is the splurge you have been touting. It's time for you to go home in the Figo. Over and out from my side.

      brak.jan - 2012-11-15 14:14

      @ jango – You are still misreading what I wrote. Wish you did not attacked me personally. I was looking for constructive debate. No worries, cheers!

  • Dev.Oli4 - 2012-11-15 18:31

    Van alle voertuie is net die Mercedes G-Wagon deur meer toetse gesit as die Ford Ranger voordat dit bekend gestel is!!! Ek neem aan Jango gebruik nog daardie ou Nokia baksteen selfone van 1996 ook. Maar nou ja elke ou het die reg op sy eie opinie.

  • leon.carstens.77 - 2012-11-21 06:46

    Yeah baby!!!!!!

  • Tienie Bekker - 2013-04-04 09:23

    Ek wil net se hulle maak die mooiste trokke van dag waarvan die ford seker die mooiste is, maar wanneer gaan hulle n biekie die 72 uur indurance laat doen om te kyk of hulle die uithou van isuzu het, daardie rekords gaan baie lank staan, praat nie van petrol nie dit moet diesel wees.

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