Thrilling occasions for the Blue Oval as they’ve commenced exports of the Subsequent-Era Ranger from its manufacturing crops in South Africa to serve the ever-growing buyer demand. Ford has not too long ago confirmed that the brand new Ranger is being shipped to over 100 world markets, together with Europe.
Ford invested R15,8 billion in its Silverton Meeting Plant operations and provider tooling for the Next-Gen Ranger, which is now able to producing as much as 200 000 autos a 12 months. Late final 12 months, the Silverton Meeting Plant in Pretoria turned Ford’s third manufacturing hub throughout its Worldwide Markets Group to start out manufacturing of this extremely anticipated new world mannequin.
Month-to-month export volumes from South Africa operations are anticipated to be round two-thirds of complete manufacturing, by way of the Durban and Gqeberha (previously Port Elizabeth) ports, with Europe being the most important export market. This makes Ford considered one of South Africa’s highest-volume car exporters and a pacesetter within the mild industrial car export class.
A further R600 million was invested within the Struandale Engine Plant for the launch of the highly effective 3,0-litre V6 Diesel engine that headlines the Subsequent-Gen Ranger line-up, together with upgrades for the latest-specification 2,0-litre Single-Turbo and a couple of,0-litre Bi-Turbo engines. Ford has additionally obtained unprecedented buyer curiosity within the next-generation Everest, in addition to for the famend Subsequent-Gen Ranger Raptor, which can be launched within the first quarter of 2023.
With the Silverton Meeting Plant primarily specializing in the manufacturing of the Ranger, the Subsequent-Gen Everest and Ranger Raptor at the moment are absolutely imported from Thailand as an alternative of being regionally assembled. Simply as a reminder, the extremely anticipated Ranger Raptor will substitute the 157 kW/500 N.m 2,0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine with a twin-turbo 3,0-litre V6 engine that produces 292 kW of energy and 491 N.m of torque, matched to a extra superior suspension and drivetrain.
The expanded manufacturing for the Subsequent-Gen Ranger additionally contributed to important job creation, because of the addition of a 3rd manufacturing shift on the Silverton plant in 2022. This additional bolstered Ford’s dedication to South Africa as considered one of 5 world manufacturing hubs for the Subsequent-Gen Ranger.