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…

Ford Transit looking ahead with fuel-saving satnav

Tech and satnav combine to cut fuel burn 2019 Ford vans – heavier loads, less cost ‘Technical first for a commercial vehicle’ LONDON, England – A fuel-saving guide from Ford UK – titled ‘Ford EcoGuide’ – claims to be able to help drivers succeed at saving fuel by showing them when to slow down and…

Coming alive! Home-fit engine boost for latest Ford ST

Substantial power/torque gains for Mk 8 Fiesta ST Thoroughly engineered/tested for safety and reliability Innovative SMARTflash app for easy DIY installation BRENTWOOD, England – The 2019 Ford Fiesta ST has had its shackles removed by Mountune’s M225 latest upgrade with ”significant” increases in both power and torque without compromising safety or reliability. The upgrade is…

Ian Callum honoured with London Classic Car show Icon Award

PRETORIA. Gauteng – One of the international greats of automotive design, Ian Callum, (64) has been awarded the 2019 London Classic Car Show‘s Icon Award. The design director with Jaguar is acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost automotive design talents and has, it was said at the presentation ”also had an enormous effect on…

Ford US focuses on teen drivers… lesson for SA’s road moguls?

Driving Skills for Life moves on to year 16 14-city US tour will give 6000 teens hands-on lessons Sleep suit will highlight drowsy driving, sharpen focus DEARBORN, Michigan – Ford America’s ‘Driving Skills for Life’ programme for teenagers has just started its 16th year of operation and, as it happens, Sixteeners can drive legally in…

Ford Gravity Sketch – an inside look at coming car-design

First automaker to work with Gravity Sketch 3D VR puts customers at the centre of design Help to fine-tune and build the best vehicles DEARBORN, Michigan – From a desk here at Ford’s Design Studio a designer pretending to be a buyer enters a virtual room to begin a 3D sketch to create a virtual…

Ford, VW to work together on ‘next mobility”

DETROIT, Michigan -Volkswagen and Ford have announced formal agreements towards a broad alliance to boost competitiveness and better serve customers ”in an era of rapid change in the industry”. VW CEO Dr Herbert Diess and Ford CEO Jim Hackett confirmed at the 2019 Detroit auto show that the companies would develop commercial vans and medium-sized…