Ford hops on for SanFran’s ‘last km’ mobility solution – scooters

SAN FRANCISCO, California – Ford Smart Mobility has acquired Spin, an electric scooter-sharing company that provides customers with a way to ”cover the last (or first) kilometre”. ”The acquisition,” Ford  says, ”is our latest strategic move to build a mobility portfolio to help customers to get to (or return from)  places more easily and quickly…

Ford SA forging ahead with global sales – and SA job creation

Nine years on, and R11bn has poured into SA plant Production capacity 168 000 vehicles a year More jobs, further SA growth for world sales PRETORIA, Gauteng – Ford Motor Company has invested R11-billion in its South African operations since 2009 with the result that the automaker has reached its highest-yet production capacity for its Ranger and…

New superclean Ford EcoBoost engine-build starts

BRIDGEND, Wales – Production of an all-new, technologically-advanced, fuel-efficient, petrol engine has begun at Ford’s engine plant here. It’s a three-cylinder, 1.5-litre EcoBoost and will be used first in a Ford Fiesta ST and all-new Focus. Assembly of the engines is happening in an all-new, state-of-the-art, flexible plant thanks to an investment of £100-million, some…

Mustang Bullitt anniversary special now aimed at SA buyers

Limited numbers in 2019, but V8 still packs 360kW Dark green exterior paint, and ‘subtle’ chromed accents  Digital 30cm LCD instruments – want Recaro seats? PRETORIA, Gauteng – To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic movie ‘Bullitt’ and the Ford Mustangs used in its making  Ford has created the Mustang Bullitt special model. It’s…

One day, there might be no more stopping for red lights

Ford exploring how to choreograph junction traffic Plan follows how sentient being handle crowds Average UK driver spends two days a year at lights COLOGNE, Germany – Imagine a world where crossing a busy road junction no longer requires observance of a red light, when the only reason to stop your car is reaching your destination….

Ranger Raptors set to hatch first half of 2019

Trial units done, full-scale SA production next R3bn investment, extensive Silverton upgrade R160-million invested for 2019 expansion PRETORIA, South Africa – The concept of Ford’s Ranger Raptor is closer to reality with the first trial units emerging from Ford’s plant in Silverton, Pretoria. They are the first Ranger units to join the Ford Performance catalogue,…

Hilux or Ranger? Which bakkie has best resale value?

Do YOU know what your vehicle is worth? Brand and model can influence cash value An expert compares two rival bakkie brands JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger – two of the most popular bakkies in South Africa – have for long wrestled for market share. Some people swear by the Hilux, others…

Supercharged Mustang: Tarlton terror – it’s a family affair

Supercharged Mustang blasts Tarlton drag strip Mustang Supercharged. ‘Now with added menace’ Got a quarter-million bucks to go (a lot!) faster? JOHANNSEBURG, Gauteng – A highly-evolved version of RGMotorsport’s Ford Mustang GT Supercharged has, the company says, ”stomped its authority on ‘Tuner Wars’, Tarlton drag-strip’s annual fast-car fest. The Wild West of Gauteng came alive…

Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50 turboboost from Honeywell

Honeywell turbo boost for Ranger, BT-50 A little extra can take  boost to 200kW Promise of lower general fuel-consumption JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – TurboDirect in South Africa has introduced a PowerMax turbocharger upgrade for the 2011-2015 Ford Ranger 3.2 diesel engine to increase overall performance and flow by 20% and boost power from 147 to 172kW….

Dancing in the ceiling: Ford drones buzzy checking safety

Ford’s high-flyers cut inspection time Drones of their own cover maintenance 12 hours’ work covered in 12 minutes COLOGNE, Germany – Imagine if a simple innovation suddenly allowed you to carry out an arduous – but essential – chore in a fraction of the time it would normally take and without the risks of working at…

Cobra Jet Mustang: Ford gives Pony Car even more kick

Ford US reveals limited-edition Mustang Cobra Jet Cars pay homage to the original from 1968 Production limited to 68 cars to honour 1968 debut DEARBORN, Michigan  – Ford Performance in the US has revealed what it says is the quickest drag-racing Mustang yet… and who’s to argue given its potential of covering the quarter-mile in…

Giddy-up! Ford’s pony-car gallops to 10-million sales

Best-selling sports car of the last 50 years Featured in more movies than any other car 60 Mustang owners of all model years assembled DEARBORN, Michigan – Ford is celebrating the production of its 10-millionth Mustang, an iconic vehicle which has been America’s best-selling sport car for 50 years and the world’s best-selling sport car…