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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.
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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.