Ford Raptor exports: Even more success from two SA plants

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – Ford has emerged from a comprehensive investment and production expansion programme sll ready to meet the demands of a growing export market. An investment of R3-billion, announced in 2017, opened potential for Ford’s Silverton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Pretoria and the Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth. The Silverton plant…

Love your car: Home maintenance tips cost nothing – try them…!

Cars require regular monitoring and maintenance Even DIY checks are not difficult – or go to an expert Handy list of maintenance basics for non-experts PRETORIA, South Africa – So you bought a set of wheels, complete with new car smell, all the bells and whistles, and messages of congrats from family and friends wishing…

Birthday girl Karen slips out for oil, comes home with new car

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Winning a brand-new Ford Focus was not only a dream come true for Karen Swanepoel but also an amazing birthday present. It came from oil company Castrol and its Magnatec engine lube brand. Karen explained: “On April 3, which was my birthday, I took the day off, went shopping, spent time with…

Huge Ford investment: Export boost – and new models to come

Production capacity up to 168 000 vehicles a year New Ranger, new Everest, Ranger Raptor – and Mustang Continuing support for wildlife and conservation PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – Ford Southern Africa has completed a comprehensive investment and production expansion programme to, the automaker says, ”be ready to meet the demands of a growing, export-driven,…

Dr Derriere gets to the bottom of Explorer’s comfort

Ford develops sleek front seats for 2020 Explorer Created by the Ford US global seating team Stringent shape and softness for best comfort   DEARBORN, Michigan – Whether stuck in rush-hour traffic or cruising for hours on the open road some vehicle seats can become, well, a pain in the butt. However, a Ford doctor believes…

Ford braking demo: How to stay on the curved and narrow

KYALAMI, South Africa – Two  Ford Fiestas were centre-stage during a ‘Stop the Crash‘  show hosted by the Global New Car Assessment Programme and the Automobile Association to make governments declare automatic crash avoidance mandatory on new vehicles. One such is electronic stability control, a system reported to have prevented 260 000 vehicle collisions in…

Transit in transition: Ford going all-electric with minibuses

PRETORIA, South Africa – Ford has revealed its Transit Smart Energy Concept – a one-of-a-kind 10-seater minibus to explore maximising the energy efficiency and driving range of battery vehicles. One survey showed 40% of people in Europe believed their next vehicle would probably be electric but were worried about range if cabin heating had to…

Performance off-roader: Meet Ford’s new AWD veloci-Raptor

‘New benchmark for the bakkie segment’ More ground clearance, wider track High-performance two-litre Bi-Turbo engine JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – An all-new Ford, the Ranger Raptor double-cab bakkie, has reached showrooms nationally ”with Ford Performance DNA at its core”. The automaker describes it as ”an entirely new breed of exceptionally capable off-roader that pushes technology, innovation…

Thank Ford for Workers’ Day and five-day week

93 years since Henry introduced 40-hour work week Working smarter to create more leisure time Workers’ Day in South Africa observed since 1994 PRETORIA, South Africa – We all understand the need to rise and grind to make a living but we also understand the importance of well-deserved time off for rest and relaxation. May…

2019 Ford Everest: Scaling new heights with new turbo engines

Refreshed design, better comfort and luxury New turbo engines, 10-speed auto Thatcham-spec alarm on all models PRETORIA, South Africa – Ford says it’s made its Everest seven-seater sport utility more appealing and upmarket with styling, suspension and feature upgrades and the two-litre bi- and single-turbo engines now in the Ford Ranger. Ford says the wagons…

Gem of an Escort for sale: One owner, R1.5-million…

Ain’t is just so darn beautiful… Gold, silver, diamonds, rubies, sapphires Does any real car have solid gold wheel rims? WARLEY, England – If bling is more your thing than driving then this is the perfect car for you. It’ll never be roadworthy but this Ford Escort is worth a fortune…. It’s a one-off, 1:25…

Yee-hah! Mustang gallops to world best-selling sport coupe

National Mustang Day celebrates road icon’s 55th birthday. More than 2600 Mustangs sold in South Africa since 2016 Fourth consecutive year as ‘world’s best-selling sport coupe’ DEARBORN, Michigan – If you’re lucky enough to be driving your own latest Ford Mustang here in South Africa take heart that on the Mustang’s 55th anniversary people like…