Ford to export the 2012 Ranger from South Africa to Europe and other markets

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 8, 2011

Ford Motor Co. will be exporting its new Ranger pickup truck from South Africa to Europe and other worldwide markets. Joe Hinrichs, head of Ford in Asia and Africa, stated that the Ranger is the truck for Ford all over the world, except for North America. The brand new Ranger is being showcased in the auto show Johannesburg, the biggest city in South Africa.

It will soon be delivered to 148 markets from South Africa, where the company is raising its output of the pickup truck to 110,000 annually.

Hinrichs didn't declare how many of the utility truck the company plans to market, says Autonews. Presently, Ford sells around 275,000 Rangers around the world. The new Ranger will hit showrooms in South Africa towards late November.

Three months ago, Ford started manufacturing a diesel engine that'll be used in the new Ranger, part of a $500 million investment in an engine facility and assembly plant in South Africa. Hinrichs disclosed that the improved factories will convert Ford's South African production to one that principally feeds the international market.

For almost two decades, Ford Ranger has been one of the carmaker’s hot-selling pickup trucks across the world, delivering the vaunted Ford Tough Truck capabilities like pulling trailers and hauling heavy payloads.

For its latest version, the new Ford Ranger has been endowed with more capability – both payload and towing – thanks to its new chassis frame, steering system and front and rear suspension. Power is provided by any of the three new fuel-efficient engines like the two innovative common-rail Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel powerplant, sent to the wheels through any of the new six-speed transmissions.

These capabilities, strength and toughness are appropriately conveyed by the pickup’s taut, muscular and modern shape as well as by its powerful and purposeful stance. Of course, there is no stopping Ford from providing the new Ranger with a new interior that has been further refined to deliver a whole new level of roominess. Moreover, Ford ensured that the new Ranger is able to deliver a comfortable, enjoyable and quiet ride thanks to an array of innovative features and technologies.

Sitting on top of the range is the XLT Double Cab model in Aurora Blue. Shown to the public in Sydney, Australia, the new Ford Ranger XLT Double Cab is powered by a new 2.2-liter Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel engine that provides 110 kW (150 PS) of output and 375 Nm of available torque.

Gary Boes, vehicle line director for Ford's new compact truck platform, remarked that the new Ford Ranger is compelling evidence of what the carmaker could achieve by exploiting the power of One Ford. He remarked that the new Ranger caters to the needs and wants of pickup owners around the world, as it was designed and engineered by a team with unparalleled truck expertise.

He noted that the Ranger is being tested in the most demanding conditions in the toughest environments on five continents just to prove its worth.

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