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    Default First Ford Ranger Raptor Trial Units Produced in South Africa

    First Ford Ranger Raptor Trial Units Produced in South Africa


    • Assembly of first Ford Ranger Raptor trial units, as build-up continues towards full-scale production
    • Culmination of R3-billion investment and extensive upgrades to Silverton Assembly Plant
    • Additional R160-million invested in readiness for production expansion in 2019
    • Ranger Raptor set for launch in first half of next year


    PRETORIA, South Africa, 9 October 2018 – The dream of producing the highly anticipated Ford Ranger Raptor has taken a big step closer to becoming a production reality with the first batch of trial units emerging from Ford’s Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria.

    As the first Ranger model to be introduced as part of the Ford Performance family, this high-speed off-road bakkie will set an entirely new benchmark for its segment when it is launched in South Africa during the first half of 2019.

    In the meantime, in preparation for full-scale production of this exhilarating all-new model, the Silverton Assembly Plant produced its first 10 official Ranger Raptor units as part of the Tooling Trials (TT) build-up phase, validating its high-tech assembly line that received an extensive upgrade through Ford’s R3-billion investment in its local operations, announced last year.

    “This is a momentous occasion for everyone at Ford, as we witnessed our first Ranger Raptor TT unit coming off the line after more than 18 months of extensive upgrades and modifications to the Silverton assembly plant,” said Ockert Berry, VP Operations, Ford Middle East and Africa.

    “We continue to invest in our local operations to meet growing demand for the Ranger, and are currently introducing new equipment on the assembly line to improve the handling of the chassis turn-over, adding incremental buffers in the Trim, Chassis and Final line as well as new shipping conveyors in the Fitment Centre,” Berry adds. “This is an additional R160-million investment in readiness for our expanded production capacity, commencing early next year.”

    As for the Ranger Raptor, Berry is particularly enthusiastic about this all-new model: “The Ranger Raptor is an exciting and very important model for us, as it pioneers an entirely new dimension for the pick-up or bakkie market and represents the first Ford Performance model to be produced in South Africa, destined for export to customers throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa,” Berry adds.

    Powered by an all-new 157kW / 500Nm 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo engine assembled at Ford’s Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth, and utilising a sophisticated new 10-speed automatic transmission, the Ranger Raptor has the punch to match its muscular and aggressive design and off-road capabilities.

    Combined with Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) shock absorbers exclusively manufactured by FOX, an advanced Terrain Management System (TMS) that includes an exciting Baja mode, a toughened reinforced chassis, powerful all-disc braking system and specially developed BF Goodrich tyres, the Ford Ranger Raptor is truly a gem.
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    Default Re: First Ford Ranger Raptor Trial Units Produced in South Africa

    This looks like a seriously impressive piece of kit. I've seen a few Youtube videos on it, and its generally very highly rated.

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    Default Re: First Ford Ranger Raptor Trial Units Produced in South Africa

    This is great news! Quite eager to see the first ones and perhaps have a go

    Out of interest, will the LHD 2.3 USA Ford Rangers also be assembled in Silverton?
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    Default Re: First Ford Ranger Raptor Trial Units Produced in South Africa

    I find this sort of thing very exciting.

    Yes the car is great, but the event.

    My mind still cant get around the fact that our Vehicle industry is one of the countries biggest success stories.

    It's a huge industry, with massive exports - from a supposedly inefficient and expensive labour force. ?


    We cant be all bad.
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    Default Re: First Ford Ranger Raptor Trial Units Produced in South Africa

    Quote Originally Posted by Redman View Post
    This is great news! Quite eager to see the first ones and perhaps have a go

    Out of interest, will the LHD 2.3 USA Ford Rangers also be assembled in Silverton?
    No, they will be assembled in Michigan. I'm sure that 2.3 would have been very welcome here in SA as well...and that engine is not new to Ford SA after all.

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    Default Re: First Ford Ranger Raptor Trial Units Produced in South Africa

    Stunning ... Impressive!!!
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    Default Re: First Ford Ranger Raptor Trial Units Produced in South Africa

    Who was wondering why the stock price of Ford was dropping so much recently?

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