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Sizzling hot action and drama galore at SA Cross Country Series finale in Parys

25/10/20
PARYS, South Africa, 25 October 2020 – The 2020 South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) wrapped up this weekend in the Free State town of Parys, with a unique double-header delivering plenty of action and excitement, and a strong showing for the Ford Castrol Cross Country Team.

Value and Versatility – Ford Ranger XL Now Available with Optional Sport Pack, Touchscreen Audio System

23/10/20
PRETORIA, South Africa, 23 October 2020 – Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has significantly boosted the appeal of the Ranger XL line-up with the launch of an enticing range of new options comprising an attractive Sport Pack, useful side steps and an eight-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system.

Ford Strengthens its Commitment to Customer Service and Satisfaction

22/10/20
PRETORIA, South Africa, 22 October 2020 – Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has strengthened its commitment to customer service and satisfaction by developing a new customer experience (CX) model to better serve owners of Ford vehicles, and build long-term brand loyalty.

Ford Wildlife Foundation-Supported Project Receives Coveted Eco Award

21/10/20
PRETORIA, South Africa, 21 October 2020 – The Ford Wildlife Foundation (FWF) has congratulated the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) for taking the top honours in the Biodiversity category at the recent Eco-Logic Awards.

Ford to Help Deliver One-Millionth Santa Shoebox this Year

19/10/20
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 19 October 2020 – With a bright red Ford Transit that many instantly relate to Santa’s sleigh, Ford Motor Company Southern Africa (FMCSA) is happy to be back on the road in support of the Santa Shoebox Project.

2020 SA Cross Country Series set to conclude with exciting double-header in Parys

15/10/20
PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa, 15 October 2020 – The 2020 South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) may have been shortened by two events due to COVID-19, but it certainly hasn’t been short of excitement. The intensity will peak as the championship ends with an exciting double-header that will be held in the Free State town of Parys on 23 and 24 October 2020.

Ford Wildlife Foundation Provides Mobility to SANCCOB Port Elizabeth for Protection of Penguins and Seabirds

14/10/20
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 14 October 2020 – The Ford Wildlife Foundation (FWF) has once again shown its commitment to the environment by providing the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) Port Elizabeth Centre with a locally built Ford Ranger Double Cab 4x4 for a period of two years. The loan vehicle will assist the organisation's efforts to protect critically endangered African penguins and threatened seabirds.

Wading Through the Urban Jungle as the Rains set in

12/10/20
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 12 October 2020 – Thunderstorms and flash floods can create chaos for drivers, often slowing traffic movement in the city and turning gravel roads into slippery mud.
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Heroes in their Fords Enhance Road Safety on the N3 Toll Route 

09/10/20
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 9 October 2020 – Travel on South Africa’s roads may have been unusually quiet during the first few months following the implementation of the COVID-19 nationwide lockdown in March 2020, but for the N3 Toll Concession (N3TC), there was no downtime with freight and logistics operations continuing to keep essential supplies moving.

Easy and Neat Fitment of Dash Cams Now Possible in Certain Ford Ranger Models

06/10/20
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 6 October 2020 – The popularity of dashboard or windscreen-mounted cameras, commonly known as dash cams, is growing around the world with many motorists using them as necessary technology for on-road safety. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is responding to this trend with the introduction of an unobtrusive USB charging port located in the rear-view mirror.

Ford Tops Vehicle Exports, Encouraging Domestic Sales Recovery for September 2020

05/10/20
PRETORIA, South Africa, 5 October 2020 – Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) emerged as the top vehicle exporter for September 2020, with a total of 6 995 units shipped to its more than 100 global markets – an increase of 11.3-percent compared to August 2020, and its highest export volume for the year.

From Detroit to Port Elizabeth – the Ford Model T Revolutionised Transport 

01/10/20
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 1 October 2020 – It is a fascinating exercise to think of what October’s Transport Month would look like, were it not for cars like the Ford Model T - which went on sale for the very first time on 1 October 1908. This day is celebrated annually around the world as Model T Day.

Making the Most of Level 1 Travel with the Ford Tourneo Custom

30/09/20
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 30 September 2020 – For the majority of South Africans travel by either passenger car, commercial vehicle or public transport is increasing significantly. Stretches of road that connect towns and cities are gradually reaching normal levels of traffic volume with Covid lockdown now at Level 1.

Ford Ranger Takes Top Honours in Latest JD Power Initial Quality Awards

28/09/20
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 28 September 2020 – The Ford Ranger has received the highest award for quality in the midsize pickup segment in the US, according to the 2020 JD Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) report. The Initial Quality Study, now in its 34th year, is based on responses from 87,282 purchasers and lessees of new 2020 model year vehicles in the US who were surveyed after 90 days of ownership. The study took place from February through to May 2020.

Ford Reveals Blisteringly Quickly Mustang Mach-E GT 

25/09/20
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 25 September 2020 – Ford has revealed for the first time in Europe the high-performance Mustang Mach-E GT that will deliver 3.7 second 0-100 km/h acceleration1 when introduced to the region in late 2021.

Freedom of the Road in the New Normal

25/09/20
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 25 September 2020 – While international travel in and out of South Africa may be restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still plenty of must-see local attractions and destinations you can enjoy across the country’s nine provinces. After being home for such a long period of time, a road trip with family and friends is a great way to reconnect and make new memories on World Tourism Day, commemorated on 27 September. In fact, with a little research, planning and a few practical steps, you can head out and experience the rich culture that’s available in your own backyard.

Become a Braai Master this Heritage Day with Ford SA and Jan Braai

23/09/20
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 23 September 2020 – South Africa’s Heritage Day, often referred to as National Braai Day, is considered the equivalent to global holidays like Thanksgiving Day, St Patrick’s Day, and the likes. To South Africans there is perhaps no better way to celebrate this special day than with friends, family and food.

Ford’s Global Caring Month Successfully Empowering Women Through Skills Development and Training

21/09/20
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 21 September 2020 – Ford’s Global Caring Month, held annually in September, is the company’s signature event that sees Ford volunteers around the world tackling hundreds of projects to uplift and empower communities. The initiative is supported by Ford Motor Company Fund, Ford’s philanthropic arm, which provides grants to beneficiary non-profit organisations (NPOs) to improve peoples’ lives.

Thrilling Total Agri 400 Delivers Good Results for Ford Castrol Cross Country Team

20/09/20
BOTHAVILLE, South Africa, 20 September 2020 – The Ford Castrol Cross Country Team emerged with a solid tally of championship points after a dry and dusty but thrilling Total Agri 400, staged at NAMPO Park near Bothaville in the Free State this weekend (18 and 19 September). As a new event on the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) calendar, it turned out to be a firm favourite for the crews, who revelled in its challenging and varied terrain – from fast, flowing farmlands to desert-like soft sand and tight sections through dense bush.

Green and Gold Ford Cortina Bakkie Connects with South Africa’s Springbok Heritage

18/09/20
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 18 September 2020 – A few years after the first Cortina bakkie was launched in South Africa in 1971, Ford released a limited edition of the Cortina MK3 bakkie, badged the Cortina Springbok edition. This unique vehicle, designed to commemorate the All Blacks rugby tour to South Africa, started a trend for the many iconic nameplates that would later arrive in Ford’s 96-year history in the country. This special bakkie receives a tribute during Heritage Month.

Ford Struandale Engine Plant: Using the World’s Best Practices to Optimise Export-driven Manufacturing

17/09/20
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 17 September 2020 – Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s Struandale Engine Plant, based in Port Elizabeth, is renowned as one of the Eastern Cape’s leading exporters, having recently won its fourth Best Exporter OEM award from Exporters Eastern Cape.

The Ford Ranger: It’s the Smallest Details That Make the Biggest Difference for Bakkie Owners Around the World

16/09/20
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 16 September 2020 – Identifying the details that separate a good bakkie from a great one is all in a day’s work for the team behind the all-conquering Ford Ranger.

Celebrating Ford South Africa’s Heritage with these Homegrown Models

11/09/20
Ingenuity and determination. These are two traits that South Africans have in abundance, especially when it comes to building bespoke vehicles that would eventually become revered the world over. Even by today’s standards Ford’s model range in South Africa can appear very different to the ones in other markets, but this contrast was exaggerated during the country’s pre-democratic era, when sanctions severely limited access to a wide range of models available overseas.

Ford Wildlife Foundation Supports WESSA International Schools Programme with Ford Ranger

11/09/20
The Ford Wildlife Foundation (FWF) has expanded its commitment to education and environmental awareness by providing the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) with a Ford Ranger Double Cab 4x4 for a period of two years, to enhance the organisation’s high-impact International Schools Programme.

Ford Improves Production Efficiencies at Silverton Assembly Plant with Launch of New Wheel and Tyre Facility

09/09/20
In its ongoing drive to improve production efficiencies and capacity, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has launched a new Wheel and Tyre Facility at its Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria, which produces the Ranger pickup and Everest sport utility vehicle (SUV) for domestic sales and over 100 export markets around the world.

Ford Castrol Team prepared for Round 3 of SA Cross Country Series in Bothaville

09/09/20
The South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) will be tackling a new challenge when the championship returns for Round 3, the Total Agri 400, to be held in the Free State farming town of Bothaville on 18 and 19 September, 2020.

Development of Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone Underway in Partnership with Government and Ford

08/09/20
The innovative new R3.4-billion Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ), which was officially announced in November 2019 by South African president Cyril Ramaphosa and Gauteng Premier David Makhura, is forging ahead with extensive clearing of the site, groundworks and the installation of bulk infrastructure currently underway.

Ford and Rally to Read Share Their Story on World Literacy Day

08/09/20
South Africa’s literacy rate, when looked at over a period from the 1980s to the start of the millennium, has shown many positive signs, according to the latest statistics provided by Macrotrends.

This Time It’s Personal: Now Your Car Learns What You Like – Tech Suggests When to Call Your Mum or Hit the Gym

04/09/20
Many drivers get to know their cars like close companions over time, but how well do our cars know us? Vehicles soon will prompt their owners to make a regular phone call, work out at a favoured time, or stop off at a much-loved coffee shop – if those activities are part of their regular routine.

Vaughn Gittin’s Authentic RTR Vehicles Now Available in South Africa

03/09/20
Performance Centre South Africa, the Ford-approved distributer and fitter of Ford Performance parts, has been appointed as the exclusive distributer of Vaughn Gittin’s Authentic RTR Vehicles in South Africa.

Ford Warns Against Fitting Non-Approved Accessories

02/09/20
A vehicle is usually more than simply a means of transport, and is often an expression of the owner’s unique personality and lifestyle. Accordingly, many motorists are turning to customisation to personalise their vehicles to suit their specific needs, or stand out from the crowd. However, the fitment of aftermarket accessories and non-approved modifications to the vehicle may not just impact the manufacturer’s warranty, but could also pose a major safety risk.

Ford, Bedrock and Bosch are Exploring Highly Automated Vehicle Technology in Detroit to Help Make Parking Easier

01/09/20
Many people enjoy driving… until it’s time to park. So why not leave the task to the vehicle?

Ford’s Global Caring Month Promotes ‘Acts of Kindness,’ Invites Employees to Recognize Nonprofits Amid Global Pandemic

01/09/20
The Ford Volunteer Corps is pivoting to give employees new ways to safely give back as part of Global Caring Month – Ford Motor Company’s 30-day concentrated focus on community service that happens each September.

Ford Launches Engine Donation Programme for Technical Schools in South Africa to Promote Skills Development

27/08/20
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has embarked on a far-reaching engine donation programme to support skills development and training at technical high schools across South Africa. A total of 240 engines, valued at R7.8-million, are being donated, which reaffirms the commitment of Ford Motor Company to empowering the country’s youth, creating the platform for upliftment and prosperity, and realising a brighter future for all South Africans

Ford Everest Range Expanded, LED Headlamps Now Standard on XLT and Limited

26/08/20
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has bolstered its Everest seven-seater sport utility vehicle (SUV) line-up with the addition of a new XLT 4x4 derivative powered by the impressive and frugal 2.0-litre Single Turbo engine in combination with Ford’s advanced 10-speed automatic transmission.

No Bones About it: Ford Experiments with Four-Legged Robots, to Scout Factories, Saving Time, Money

25/08/20
These four-legged dog-like robots can sit, shake hands and roll over. They also can perform 360-degree camera scans, handle 30-degree grades and climb stairs for hours at a time. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa pays tribute to these robot dogs on World Dog Day, 26 August 2020.

Ford Supports Women in Conservation

25/08/20
This month as we celebrate women in South Africa, we take a look at a sector that is demonstrating exceptional transformation to the benefit of the whole country.

Love at First Sight – Women Who Made Ford Mustang History

21/08/20
The old adage of never judge a book by its cover might be best described by Chicago resident Gail Wise who didn’t fit any of the usual muscle car archetypes. However, on 15 April 1964, Gail would, unbeknown to her, make worldwide history by becoming both the first Mustang owner and the first woman in the world to own a Mustang.

Ford Struandale Engine Plant Scoops Two Exporter of the Year Awards from Exporters Eastern Cape

19/08/20
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has once again been recognised as one of the Eastern Cape’s leading exporters after scooping two Exporter of the Year awards at the annual Exporters Eastern Cape event – held virtually on Friday 14 August 2020 due to the COVID-19 lockdown – which also celebrated the organisation’s 40th anniversary.

First-Ever Ford GT Heritage Edition to Celebrate Storied ’66 Daytona Win, Plus 2021 Studio Collection Graphics Package

17/08/20
The Ford GT is America’s only Le Mans-winning supercar, and taking this pinnacle of Ford Performance even further for 2021, Ford is revealing two new enhancements today – the first-ever Heritage Edition inspired by the original model’s first endurance win at the 1966 Daytona 24 Hour Continental race, plus an all-new Studio Collection package offers even more exclusivity and design enhancements.

Ford Castrol Team Emerges from Dry and Dusty Bronkhorstspruit 400 with Reasonable Points Haul

17/08/20
The South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) finally returned to action this weekend at the Bronkhorstspruit 400, the second round of the 2020 championship following an almost six-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Going for Gold this Women’s Month

14/08/20
Nothing in Gerda Steyn’s early life would have alluded to the fact that she would later develop a special talent and love for endurance running. Even by her own admission, “I never ran competitively and never showed any talent for running in my younger years, except perhaps to run away from my older brothers on a farm in Bothaville!”

Ford Employee Donation Match Program Contributes More than $1 million to COVID-19 Relief Worldwide

13/08/20
Ford Motor Company Fund today announced Ford employees, and others contributed $1,133,447 million to COVID-19 related relief efforts around the world, surpassing its goal.

Ford Introduces Limited-Edition Ranger Thunder, Spec Upgrades on Ranger XLT, XLS

13/08/20
The Ford Ranger is already a trend-setter in the South African market and one of the top-selling vehicles in the country. Now, continuing its ongoing evolution and offering customers a wider range of features and options, an exclusive limited-edition Ranger Thunder has been launched, which includes a raft of unique design and functional enhancements to what is already one of the most popular vehicles in South Africa.

Ford Ranger is the Best-Selling Used Car in South Africa – New AutoTrader Report Confirms

12/08/20
The Ford Ranger asserted its dominance in AutoTrader’s annual Car Industry Report, by finishing as the top-selling used vehicle model overall - and the fifth most searched vehicle in South Africa for the period July 2019 to June 2020.

Ford Increases its Focus on Transformation Initiatives in 2020

11/08/20
Ford is widening the scope of its transformation initiatives and deepening involvement in the economic empowerment programmes of its dealer network in 2020.

In the Racing Seat with Ford South Africa this Women’s Month

07/08/20
Women have been involved in motorsport from the very start – on the track, in the pits, and behind the scenes. From pioneering drivers like Vicki Wood and Janet Guthrie, to more contemporary competitors like Sarah Fisher and Danica Patrick, women have made their mark on the sport from Detroit to Daytona, and from Indianapolis to Le Mans. And in South Africa too!

Ford SA’s Sim-Racing Championship Went Down to the Wire

06/08/20
Eleven of South Africa’s best sim-racers provided a thrilling climax on Saturday, 1 August 2020 in Ford South Africa’s inaugural #LockdownLaps sim-racing competition. The final race went down to the wire with a last-minute overtake by Ryan Berrington-Smith to become champion.

FMCSA Promotes Equality Through Supplier Development Initiative

03/08/20
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) recently broadened its efforts in transformation in the automotive industry by donating two vehicle transport trailers through its supplier development initiative.

Ford Celebrates World Ranger Day – But Not All Rangers Wear Khaki

31/07/20
World Ranger Day is celebrated annually on 31 July. It recognises the important role game rangers play in preserving our wildlife, and for their hard work in and around national parks, protected forests and wildlife reserves.

Ford Honours Madiba Legacy With Unique Ranger

29/07/20
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born into the Madiba clan in Mvezo, Transkei, on 18 July 1918. In celebration of his esteemed legacy the world celebrates Mandela Day on the 18th of July each year, and Mandela Month throughout the month of July.

Ford-Funded World Vision Water Project Supports Communities in Nelson Mandela Bay Impacted by Record Drought

29/07/20
Since its inception in June 2019, the World Vision South Africa water project, which is funded by Ford Motor Company and relies on the innovative Watergen atmospheric water-from-air generator, has been providing water to under-privileged and under-resourced communities in the drought-stricken areas of Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape.

Ford Launches Inspiring Brand Campaign Focusing on its Proud Heritage, Investment and Commitment – For South Africa

23/07/20
Ford Motor Company has an exceptionally proud heritage in South Africa spanning more than 96 years – a legacy built on continued investment and innovation to build segment-defining products, empowering communities through creating job opportunities, and striving to improve the world around us for a brighter future. Ford has now launched an inspiring and emotive brand campaign, dubbed ‘Ford For South Africa’, that tells the unique story of the company’s esteemed history and its unwavering commitment to the country.

Ford Takes the South African Braai Around the Country

23/07/20
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) announces a partnership with world-renowned braai master and head of National Braai Day, Jan Braai (Jan Scannell) for his Braai vir Erfenis television show. Jan Braai grew up in a South African environment where making fires and cooking on them was a very normal past-time. For as long as he can remember that’s his preferred method of cooking when doing it for fun!

Ford Approved Brand Revitalised in South Africa, Renewed Focus on Quality and Service Excellence

20/07/20
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has consolidated and revitalised its used car sales division under the Ford Approved banner, with the focus on providing exceptional service and quality.

Ford Invests in Pioneering Student Initiatives

17/07/20
Ford Motor Company continues building on its commitment to empowering the youth through education and entrepreneurship with the announcement of the winners of the Ford College Community Challenge (C3), run in partnership with global non-profit organisation Enactus.

Ford and Shelby SA celebrate World Snake Day with the Shelby Super Snake

16/07/20
Limited production, a Le Mans-winning, 7.0-litre V8 engine and an 800-kilometre test of Goodyear’s latest performance tyres. These were the main factors that introduced the first Shelby Super Snake to the world. As a result, that 1967 Shelby Super Snake became the genesis for the first Ford Mustang-based muscle cars that Shelby American has now built into a pantheon of loud, extreme and exclusive Mustangs.

Rising Demand for Mini SUVs a Positive Sign for Newest Ford EcoSport Ambiente Auto

13/07/20
With the launch of the Ford Figo Freestyle and EcoSport Ambiente Auto, which went on sale earlier in 2020, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) continues to respond to the undeniable change in buying patterns that has seen volumes of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and small crossovers grow. Designed with an active lifestyle in mind, these body styles have risen in demand over the last decade, outnumbering and outperforming the traditional sedan and family hatchback for space, practicality and visual appeal.

Ford Face Shields Production Continues as COVID-19 Infections Continue Climbing in South Africa

10/07/20
As the number of recorded COVID-19 cases continues to climb in South Africa, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has entered its fourth month of producing protective face shields at its Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria.

Ford Tourneo Custom Range Expanded with New Engine, Automatic Gearbox and Enhanced Technologies

09/07/20
Ford’s versatile range of Tourneo Custom Bus models has been expanded with the addition of two six-speed automatic derivatives for the first time, which are powered by the latest-generation 2.0-litre Single Turbo engine.

A Less Distracted And Better Informed Youth with Ford’s Driving Skills For Life

03/07/20
Although not a particularly active part of the year for young South African drivers, due to government’s firm Covid-19 restrictions regarding road-travel, Ford’s Driving Skills For Life (DSFL) programme refuses to stop reminding the youth of the importance of driver safety.

Ford Donates 1 100 COVID-19 Face Shields to 25 Ford Wildlife Foundation Projects

26/06/20
In support of the wide-ranging conservation and environmental projects backed by the Ford Wildlife Foundation (FWF), Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is distributing 1 100 COVID-19 face shields to 25 partner organisations located across the region.

Ford Motor Company Promotes Women in Engineering

23/06/20
International Women in Engineering Day (#INWED20), on 23 June, marks the international awareness campaign to promote the profile of women in engineering and to highlight the diverse and fulfilling career opportunities available to girls in engineering. It also celebrates the inspiring achievements of women engineers globally.

Ford Fulfils 50 000 Face Shields Order from US Department of Defense to Assist COVID-19 Efforts in Southern Africa

23/06/20
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has assembled and supplied 50 000 face shields for the United States Department of Defense to shore up its response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Southern African region.

Become the Best sim-racer in SA with Ford Performance!

22/06/20
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is setting its sights on a new motorsport horizon with the launch of the very first motor manufacturer-based sim-racing competition in South Africa. And you don’t need a driver’s license to enter. Just grip the wheel and join this dynamic racing competition.

Ford Fund Provides Unjani Clinics with $20 000 Grant to Support Communities in Curbing the Spread of COVID-19

11/06/20
Ford Motor Company Fund has awarded a grant of $20 000 (R355 000) to Unjani Clinics to mobilise hygiene efforts and equip communities with basic personal protective items as a proactive measure to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Jobs of the Future and the Emerging Megatrends

11/06/20
As the nation carefully refines Lockdown regulations, emphasis centres around the safe implementation of education. However, beneath this many Grade 12 scholars and University students will be pondering what the future holds. A period of unprecedented disruption has certainly made everyone acutely aware of the changing job market and its challenges and, for the optimists, a chance to seek out the opportunities and gaps in the automated world.

Ford South Africa Launches Self-Service Tool ‘Ask Ford’ to Enhance Customer Experience and Engagement

09/06/20
As part of our ongoing investment to improve the customer experience, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is launching ‘Ask Ford’ – an intuitive global online knowledge base tool for customers. Located on the www.ford.co.za website, the Ask Ford self-service tool will be launched on 09 June 2020.

Ford Employees Join in Solidarity to Produce COVID-19 Face Shields for Medical and Essential Services Personnel

19/05/20
The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent national lockdown may have turned peoples’ lives upside down, but it has also united people as they join forces to fight this health and humanitarian crisis.

Take these Virtual Tours with Ford on National Museum Day

18/05/20
"If I’d asked them what they wanted, they’d have asked for a faster horse.” This philosophy resonates with Henry Ford, a gifted entrepreneurial businessman who was about to revolutionise transport in new inconceivable ways. And it’s on this day (18 May), National Museum Day, that Ford South Africa chooses to recognise not only the eponymous Henry Ford - for his determination to make the motor car affordable to the average citizen and modernize the assembly line - but to also highlight the many Ford museums you can visit virtually during these trying lockdown times.

Technology is Key to Ford’s Unwavering Focus on Production Quality and Customer Satisfaction

15/05/20
The complexity and technology involved in a modern vehicle assembly plant is simply breathtaking, with Ford Company of Southern Africa’s Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria capable of building over 26 000 different combinations of the Ranger pickup and Everest seven-seater SUV for domestic sales and export to over 100 markets globally.

Game On! Fly the Ford Flag in the Gaming World While Your Real Wheels Take a Break from the Tarmac

11/05/20
Missing your driving? You don’t have to be. You can still get the Ford engine rumbling and its revs racing, albeit virtually, with the best games to keep the household buzzing. Not only can scheduled game time add structure to a day and break the monotony of crucial “Stay Home” directives, it can promote family time and friendly competition.

How Artificial Bird Poop Keeps Your Paintwork Safe in the Real World

11/05/20
While getting struck by bird poop may be a sign of good luck in many countries, bird poop landing on your car can have more serious consequences, for your paintwork. Fortunately, Ford vehicles are tested for just this eventuality, with the help of artificial bird poop.

Ford Joins SA Red Cross Society in Celebrating World Red Cross Day Through Supporting its COVID-19 Relief Efforts

08/05/20
Every year, World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day on 8 May celebrates and honours the millions of volunteers and members of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) around the globe who provide a lifeline to communities in need across 189 countries. In 2020, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, any thoughts of celebration have been superseded by the organisation’s selfless commitment to supporting desperate communities, families and individuals directly and indirectly impacted by the coronavirus.

South African Student Entrepreneurs put COVID-19 Projects into Action with Ford Fund Grant

07/05/20
A South African student team from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has been selected as one of 14 Enactus teams globally to receive a grant through the Ford Motor Company Fund’s COVID-19 College Challenge for their innovative community projects.

Drive Away Your Quarantine Blues with Key Motorsport Moments from Ford Performance

07/05/20
Racing is in Ford’s DNA and it all started with company founder Henry Ford whose only ever race and race victory led to the subsequent formation of the Ford Motor Company.

Ford Dealers Contribute R1-million to Face Shields Project, Business Partners Donate R900 000

05/05/20
Ford dealers in South Africa have stepped up to support Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s initiative to produce COVID-19 face shields by contributing R1-million to the project from the Ford National Dealer Council.

Rangers and Rhinos Work Together In The African Reserves

01/05/20
Wildlife is one of the major drawcards for tourists to South Africa, and wildlife tourism one of the economic engines of our country. Many conservation projects rely on wildlife tourism to generate enough funding to cover daily costs, including ranger’s salaries and veterinary care.

Ford And Gamers Compete In Esports As Team Fordzilla

30/04/20
From playing a quick game of Pac-Man on an arcade machine at the corner café, to becoming part of a hugely sophisticated digital ecosystem, gamers and gaming culture have come a long way over the past 40 years. Ford Motor Company, in collaboration with gamers, has now designed the ultimate in-game race car, which will soon be debuted on the virtual grid by Team Fordzilla, the automaker’s very own Esports team.

Ford’s High-Tech Three-Dimensional Automated Paint Defect Detection System Delivers Maximum Quality

28/04/20
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s continued investment in its Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria has unlocked significant increases in its production volumes, with the Ford Ranger pickup exported to over 100 global markets, and the seven-seater Everest SUV shipped to countries across Africa.

Ford South Africa Partners with Gift of the Givers to Coordinate Funds Raised for COVID-19 Face Shields

22/04/20
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s initiative to produce protective face shields for front-line medical and essential services personnel in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has been given a boost with local non-governmental organisation, Gift of the Givers Foundation, coming on board to provide the banking facility for the funds being raised.

Ford EcoSport Breaks New Ground with Launch of 1.5 Ambiente Auto, Feature Upgrades on Trend and Titanium

21/04/20
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is bolstering the Ford EcoSport’s leading position in the compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) segment with the addition of a six-speed automatic transmission for the popular and most affordable Ambiente petrol derivative. This is complemented by specification upgrades on the Trend and Titanium models that enhance driving safety and comfort.

Ford Credit Offers Assistance to Customers Impacted by COVID-19

16/04/20
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has confirmed its support for Ford Credit customers in response to the growing impact of the COVID-19 lockdown. Personal and business Ford Credit customers that are impacted by reduced income or cashflow now have the option of requesting a payment deferral.

First FIA-class Ford Ranger, Powered by 3.5 EcoBoost V6, in Production for SA Cross Country Series

15/04/20
“Built Ford Tough” will take on a new dimension when the Ford Castrol Cross Country Team debuts the highly anticipated, all-new FIA-class Ford Ranger later this year in the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS).

Shifting into Park: Ford's Top Ten Tips for Your Quarantined Machine

14/04/20
Washing hands, disinfecting, not touching your face and wearing masks is only part of the solution. Staying home so that infection won't spread is now a global effort against COVID-19. Many governments have taken extra precaution by imposing strict travel restrictions, meaning our vehicles may be parked for the foreseeable future.

Ford South Africa Commences Production of Face Shields to Assist with COVID-19, Contributions Welcomed to Support this Initiative

08/04/20
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has commenced production of 57 000 protective face shields that will be donated to front-line medical and essential services personnel who are most at risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus that has spread worldwide.

Ford to Produce 50,000 Ventilators in Michigan in Next 100 Days; Partnering with GE Healthcare Will Help Coronavirus Patients

02/04/20
Ford Motor Company, in collaboration with GE Healthcare, announced today it will begin producing in Michigan a third-party ventilator with the goal to produce 50,000 of the vitally needed units within 100 days and up to 30,000 a month thereafter as needed.

Ford Temporarily Suspends Production in India, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam in Response to Coronavirus

24/03/20
Ford Motor Company is temporarily suspending vehicle and engine production at its International Markets Group (IMG) manufacturing sites in response to the growing impact of the coronavirus.

Ford Rallies to Bridge Literacy Gap with R1-million Sponsorship

13/03/20
On Saturday 7 March, several convoys of Ford Ranger double cabs, loaded with boxes of books, teaching aids, and other educational materials, set out from Nkambeni Safari Camp in the Kruger National Park to visit some of the most remote and disadvantaged primary schools in the Hazyview, Mpumalanga area.

Ford Drives Change by Donating Vehicles to Innovative Social Upliftment Agencies

03/03/20
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is continuing its commitment to changing and improving people’s lives by donating three vehicles to support the commendable work of non-profit community organisations in Cape Town.

Ford Castrol Team steps up to premier FIA-class for 2020 SA Cross Country Series

25/02/20
The Ford Castrol Cross Country Team is stepping up to the premier class in the Production Vehicle category of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) for 2020

Ford Partners with SANCCOB to Save the Endangered African Penguin

25/02/20
For over 30 years, FMCSA has been actively involved in the conservation of wildlife and ecosystems in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, investing almost R40-million to support more than 170 projects to date.

Ford Motor Company Fund Assists Drought-stricken Eastern Cape Farmers with $20 000 Grant

25/02/20
The $20 000 grant from Ford Motor Company Fund, combined with the amazing fund-raising efforts by Eastern Cape Motors Ford, will help Agri EC in its efforts to assist the hardest-hit farmers.

Ford Celebrates Women And Girls With A Passion For STEM

11/02/20
As we enter the fourth industrial revolution, jobs of the future will be driven by technology and innovation, and recent studies suggest that 65 per cent of children entering primary school today will have jobs that don’t yet exist.

Your First Car Is Probably Not Going To Be A Mustang

29/01/20
Whether it’s Italian exotics, British roadsters, or American muscle cars that get your motor running, the fact is these kind of performance vehicles don’t come cheap. They are bought for aesthetics and driving pleasure, rather than utility or economy.

Ford Invests in Developing Leaders Through Education

24/01/20
Education is humanity’s greatest renewable resource. It is a fundamental human right, and a public responsibility. Without inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, we cannot hope to succeed in achieving gender equality and breaking the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of children, youth, and adults behind.
2019

Ford Lives up to 'Go Further' Brand Promise, Taking Two Class Victories on Inaugural WesBank Fuel Economy Tour

06/12/19
Ford Ranger 2.0 Single Turbo XLT Double Cab, with advanced 10-speed automatic, claims victory in highly competitive pickup segment with overall consumption of 6.81 l/100km whilst Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost wins its class on 5.21 l/100km.

Double Shot of Sustainability: Ford and McDonald's Collaborate to Convert Coffee Bean Skin into Car Parts

06/12/19
Ford Motor Company and McDonald's USA will soon be giving vehicles a caffeine boost by using part of a familiar staple in the morning routine, coffee beans, in vehicle parts such as headlamp housing.

Safety Recall Issued for Certain Ranger and Everest Vehicles to Replace Takata Driver and Passenger Frontal Airbag Module

04/12/19
Ford is voluntarily issuing a safety recall for certain 2003-2011 Model Year Ranger and 2004-2014 Model Year Everest vehicles to replace the Takata airbag inflators in front driver and passenger Takata airbags

Ford Motor Company Partners with Government to Launch Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone in Pretoria

05/11/19
The Tshwane Automotive SEZ is an automotive component supplier industrial park that will play a significant role in bolstering further investment and job creation in the local economy.

Saving Our Chubby Unicorns

11/10/19
This year, the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) has chosen to shine a light on the plight of a majestic mammal which has been lovingly dubbed "a unicorn that has let itself go."

Ford Reveals Electrified Vehicle Line-Up that will Surpass Conventional Petrol and Diesel by 2022

11/10/19
Ford demonstrated its commitment to an electrified future for customers at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany.

Bakkies and Braais: Celebrating South African heritage

26/09/19
Heritage Day is a South African public holiday, celebrated on 24 September every year. But what exactly is South African heritage?

A second consecutive title at the South African Cross Country Series

14/09/19
A second consecutive title in the highly competitive South African Cross Country Series (SACCS) for Lance Woolridge and Ward Huxtable.
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Ford gives women a platform to empower, motivate, uplift, and inspire

09/09/19
Every August, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa acknowledges and commemorates women who epitomise the ethos of what the automaker has dubbed #WomenWithDrive.

Ford Castrol Cross Country Team in Charge of Class T Heading into Second Half of 2019 Season

29/07/19
They command a healthy lead in the championship standings with 140 points - 54 points clear of their nearest rivals, Johan and Werner Horn (Toyota).

Ford's Expansion Unleashes New Potential for South Africa

29/07/19
Between 2009 and 2018, Ford invested over R11-billion in its local operations, proving its commitment to the local market as a global production hub for the highly successful Ranger line-up which is sold locally and exported to 148 markets around the world.

Ford South Africa Introduces Third Shift for Silverton Assembly Plant to Meet Growing Demand for New Ranger

26/07/19
FMCSA is introducing a third shift to its vehicle assembly operations at the Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria to meet the growing international and local demand for the New Ranger, Ranger Raptor and Everest.

Where in the World is the Pickup Truck Emoji? Hopefully on Your Phone Soon, Thanks to Ford

24/07/19
In 2018, Ford submitted a proposal to the Unicode Consortium - the organization that reviews and approves proposals for new emoji - to add a truck to emoji keyboards everywhere. Now, the pickup truck emoji has been short-listed as a candidate for inclusion in a future version of Unicode.

Ford Launches SHE-MOVES Empowerment Programme in South Africa and Nigeria

24/07/19
Ford Motor Company and its philanthropic arm, the Ford Motor Company Fund, have launched a grants programme to support social enterprises that benefit women and children while developing sustainable mobility solutions globally.

Vehicle Security Notification

02/05/19
Last week we circulated a communication on the potential security risks to certain Fiesta and EcoSport models, specifically around manipulating the driver’s door, which can ultimately provide access to the cabin if deliberately targeted. From the 3rd of May 2019, communication will go out to our customers in the form of eDMs and social media posts regarding scheduling of appointments with dealers. It is important to note that the break-ins are not related to a vehicle design or manufacturing fault. The vehicles are therefore not being recalled.
2018

Refreshed Ford Ranger Arrives in 2019 – With More Performance, Efficiency, Features and Capability

18/05/18
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa will be launching an even more capable Ford Ranger when production commences for the refreshed new model scheduled for launch in 2019.

Ford Expands Engine Assembly Operations at Struandale Engine Plant

27/03/18
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is expanding its operations at the Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth as part of a wide-ranging investment in its two South African plants, announced late last year.

Advance Notification: Clutch Pressure Plate Repair

19/03/18
Ford Motor Company has learned that certain derivatives of Focus (1.0L & 1.5L, August 2012 - June 2016); Kuga (1.5L & 1.6L, August 2011 - June 2016); and Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect (1.0L, August 2012 - June 30 2016) with manual gearboxes could suffer a clutch pressure plate fracture, with the risk of fire. . Safety is always a top priority and we are acting quickly to address this issue.
2017

How to Make Sure Your Car is Ready for the Festive Season

17/11/17
The festive season is around the corner, which means millions of South African motorists will take to the highways to get to their favourite holiday destinations.

Thrilling Ford Ranger Raptor Confirmed for South African Production

03/11/17
Ford Motor Company today announced that the thrilling, first-ever Ford Ranger Raptor will be produced in South Africa when it hits the market in 2019, introducing an entirely new level of off-road performance and capability to the mid-size pick-up segment.

Radio presenter, photographer and wildlife conservationist Gabriel Sithole announced as Ford Wildlife Foundation brand ambassador

12/10/17
Ford Motor Company of South Africa (FMCSA) proudly introduced a new official brand ambassador for the Ford Wildlife Foundation (FWF) in the form of Gabriel Sithole, a popular South African radio presenter, photographer and wildlife conservationist.

Ford Signs Up as Official Orlando Pirates Vehicle Partner

28/09/17
Ford South Africa is now the official vehicle sponsor for Orlando Pirates, bringing two of the country’s most popular vehicle and sporting brands together for the first time in a three-year partnership. Ford South Africa and Orlando Pirates Football Club are proud to announce their partnership agreement.

Seize the Thrill; Ford Presents the First Ever Ranger Raptor

07/09/17
Ford Motor Company today announced that the hugely popular Ford Ranger bakkie will be available in an off-road performance variant for the first time. The purpose-built, desert-racing inspired bakkie joins the Ford Performance family, as the new ‘Ford Ranger Raptor’. The Ranger Raptor will be coming to South Africa, with further information to be revealed in due course.

Ford Commences with Phase 2 of Kuga 1.6 Safety Recall

26/07/17
Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has commenced with Phase 2 of the safety recall action for all affected Kuga 1.6 models, and is requesting customers to schedule an appointment with their dealer in order to have the vehicle enhancements completed.

Ford honoured for water saving initiatives

25/07/17
Ford Motor Company is a responsible global corporate citizen with an aggressive focus on reducing water usage in its manufacturing. Ford has been acknowledged as world-leading for the past two years by CDP, an international company which is driving sustainable economies. FMCSA has invested more than $21-million in a Wastewater Treatment Plant at its Silverton facility.

Four New Enactus Ford C3 Projects Aim to Improve Lives in South Africa

13/07/17
Ford College Community Challenge (C3) runs in partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund and international non-profit organisation Enactus. Empowers students to improve and uplift communities through sustainable economic and environmental initiatives. Student-driven projects selected at Durban University of Technology, Mangosuthu University of Technology, University of Pretoria and University of Witwatersrand to receive USD 5 000 each for their Ford C3 projects.
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Ford Ranger Top of the Charts for First Half of 2017

10/07/17
Ford Ranger ends first half of the year as South Africa's best-selling vehicle. Highest export volumes in LCV segment for Ranger this year. Ford EcoSport tops compact SUV segment, Mustang leads sports car category. Ford ends June with 11.8% share of total industry, 12.6% market share year-to-date.

Ford 1.0-Litre EcoBoost Wins International Engine of the Year for the 6th Year Running

07/07/17
Ford 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine named 2017 International Engine of the Year “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” for the sixth year in a row. Fuel-efficient, compact and powerful engine has won 10 International Engine of Year awards since launch in 2012; powers one in five Ford vehicles sold in Europe. Ford to offer 1.0-litre EcoBoost with innovative cylinder deactivation technology for further reduced CO2 emissions and improved fuel-efficiency from early 2018

Figo and Ikon Power Steering Hose Recall

23/06/17
Ford is voluntarily recalling Ikon vehicles, built between August 9, 2004 and March 24, 2012, and Figo vehicles, built between January 13, 2009 and March 24, 2012 in India to replace the high pressure power assisted steering hose, which may split, resulting in a power steering fluid leak.

Ford Credit South Africa Goes Further for University Graduates

04/04/17
Ford Credit Graduate Purchase Programme offers university graduates a helping hand. Offers university graduates a five percent discount off the purchase price of their new Ford and a preferential interest rate when financing with Ford Credit. Rewards the hard work and dedication required to obtain a university degree

Ford Expands Safety Recall to Fiesta ST

29/03/17
Ford South Africa today announced that it has voluntarily expanded the safety recall for the 1.6-litre GTDi engine to include the Ford Fiesta ST.

Safety Recall Actions Completed on over 63% of Ford Kuga 1.6 Models

03/03/17
Ford South Africa today announced that progress has been made with the implementation of the safety recall for the 1.6-litre Ford Kuga. More than 63% of the affected vehicles have already been repaired and returned to their owners, who can now enjoy ongoing peace of mind.

Ford Introduces End to End PremiumCare Extended Plan Cover for all Kuga Models

22/02/17
Nothing is more important to us than our Ford owners’ peace of mind. For over 100 years Ford has been committed to manufacturing excellence and innovations in driver safety.

Ford South Africa works hard on Safety Recall for Kuga 1.6

03/02/17
Ford South Africa today announced it has voluntarily expanded the safety recall for the 1.6-litre GTDi engine to include the Ford Fiesta ST.

Ford Issues Safety Recall for Kuga 1.6

16/01/17
Ford South Africa is issuing a safety recall for Kuga models equipped with the 1.6-litre engine to address an engine overheating condition that could cause a fire.