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.

Opel only German brand among most reliable car brands to own and maintain in SA

The New World Wealth has released its 2018 Car Maintenance Index, putting the spotlight on the most reliable cars in South Africa.

Opel is the only German brand in the Top 5, with the balance being Japanese.

The Johannesburg-based global market research group reviewed the best car brands to own in South Africa, based on the affordability of maintaining these vehicles over the long-term.

The advisory group said it considered over 30 car brands for this study. "We included all major car brands available in SA," it said, using the following criteria:

  • Availability and affordability of spare parts for vehicle.
  • Affordability of services after motor plan has ended.
  • Reliability of car after motor plan has ended (Special focus on number of major engine and gearbox problems that vehicle experiences over time).
  • Ability of dealerships to handle large repair jobs and affordability of such repairs.
  • Affordability of insurance premiums, relative to price of vehicle.

The study was conducted through interviews with independent second-hand car dealers, independent auto mechanics and roadworthy vehicle inspection providers.

The New World Wealth specialises in ratings, surveys, country reports and wealth statistics and as part of this study, also rated the top car insurers for 2018.

And the Consumers Agree

The semi-finalists for the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards - powered by WesBank, have been announced and the Opel Crossland X 1.2T Cosmo A/T is in the semi-finals!

The Opel Crossland X has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Compact Family (R300 000 - R400 000) category. With household budgets stretched to breaking point, the reasonably affordable contemporary family car has to wear many hats - from compact traffic-dodger, to school-run taxi and even weekend getaway machine. Practicality and spaciousness are important considerations, but so are safety, technology, fuel efficiency and a modicum of lifestyle flexibility. The Opel Crossland X ticks these boxes and then some! With class-leading safety features and technology, there is very little that rivals the Opel Crossland X in terms of value for money.

The Crossland X is no stranger to the podium. Earlier this year Euro NCAP announced its "Best in Class of 2017" and the Opel Crossland X joined this exclusive retinue by emerging as the winner of its category. In the safety ratings published last November, Euro NCAP awarded the Opel Crossland Xthe maximum five stars, based on good assessments in the four safety areas: adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist. The Crossland X performed especially well in the side barrier tests, where it scored maximum points for both adult and child occupant protection.

In addition to the safety equipment fitted as standard, such as Lane Departure Warning, the Opel Crossland X also offers optional innovations for even higher driving safety: Forward Collision Alert with pedestrian detection and Automatic Emergency Braking, Driver Drowsiness Detection, high-tech full LED headlights, 180-degree Panoramic Rear View Camera and Side Blind Spot Alert are just some examples.

Crisp and compact on the outside and especially spacious and versatile on the inside, with trendy two-tone paintwork and cool SUV looks, the Opel Crossland X has already convinced more than 80,000 customers since sales began in Europe in 2017.

In the 1st round of the #CarsAwards, the Cars.co.za extended editorial team selected the 5 best cars in each of the 13 categories devised for this year's programme. Careful attention was paid to the respective categories' "Filters of Eligibility" and the "Pillars of Success" in order to come to a consensus on the identities of the semi-finalists. All vehicles available on the South African market on September 1, 2018 were eligible not only new products that were launched in the past 12 months.

The debate and agreement by consensus is a core pillar of our programme," says Cars.co.za Consumer Experience Manager, Hannes Oosthuizen. "We debate each eligible vehicle within the context of its category, and will not move on until the entire team is in agreement. This means that the selection process encompasses far deeper interrogation (and more exhaustive investigation) than is typical in a 'secret vote' setup."

In the next round, due to take place early in October 2018, the same jury will score each vehicle individually, taking into account the various criteria set out for each of the respective categories. The top 3 finalists per category will then be announced next month, and be put through back-to-back testing at Gerotek in Gauteng early in November 2018, by the entire Cars.co.za Consumer Awards - Powered by WesBankjury.

Opel wishes all other participants the best of luck!

OPEL is one of the oldest car brands operating in Southern Africa, and the brand has built a solid reputation over the 80+ years that OPEL has been in the country. The South African Motoring Guild voted the new  OPEL ASTRA as the South African 'Car of the Year for 2017' after the new  ASTRA was awarded 'Car of the Year' in 12 European countries, as well as 'Overall European Car of the Year'. OPEL won the prestigious 'Car of the

Year' award in South Africa on few previous occasions as well - in 1991 (OPEL Monza), in 1994 (OPEL Kadett) and in 1995 (OPEL Astra). OPEL cars are known for offering luxury level specifications that packs stamps a German engineered punch high above their price category.

 

TRENTYRE’S QUEST TO KEEP FLEETS MOVING

The last few years have been tough for the commercial transport industry and tyre Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) but this has not hindered Goodyear’s continuing commitment to introducing innovative solutions to all of their customers around the world. Just over a year ago, Trentyre, a subsidiary owned by Goodyear South Africa, introduced FleetFirst - a tyre management solution servicing fleets across South Africa.

 

“As Trentyre, we recognised the need for a ‘one-stop shop’ that is inclusive of maintenance, roadside assistance and service offering for fleets. All over South Africa, fleets are operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is a need for a service that is readily available to cater to all their needs, reducing down-time and total cost of ownership in this recessionary climate that is focused on cost saving,” said Piotr Czyzyk, Commercial and Trentyre Director.

 

Recently joining Goodyear South Africa leadership team as the Trentyre and Commercial Director, Czyzyk stated, “In my years working in the Commercial Product Business Unit (PBU) across Europe, I have always observed how fleet customers implemented strategies to improve their bottom line and one of those strategies is increasing efficiencies, ultimately cutting costs. Cost to maintain, cost to service, cost to keep fleets functional, cost to replace are always key factors considered by fleet owners. Trentyre’s FleetFirst is specifically designed with the fleet customer in mind to help them reduce total cost of ownership, keep fleet on the road, and thereby giving fleet owners the peace of mind to focus on their core business.”

 

As one of the few providers with a nationwide offering, Trentyre views FleetFirst as a comprehensive product and service solution that gives fleet owners peace of mind. “Our greatest advantage is that we offer an efficient, one-touch point service throughout the lifecycle of a tyre, across the country, accessible at any time of the day. Our fleet management solution is not about selling tyres but helps drive the correct behaviours that will help our customers save their total cost of ownership, as we do the right things in terms of servicing, maintenance and getting customer fleets going, at all times,” said Czyzyk.

 

Trentyre customers enjoy a premium truck tyre service, which focuses on the complete lifecycle management of commercial truck tyres. The emergency roadside assistance service, complemented by a 24/7 call centre, has a unique mapping system which ensures downtimes are kept to a minimum. The adaptable internet-based fleet management system is tailored to the specific needs of our customers and enables work to be carried out in locations across South Africa. Customers get more mileage from their truck tyres which have gone through retreading, extending the life of truck tyres whilst providing a similar performance to that of a new tyre.

 

“Innovation is the progress made towards simplifying yet improving current processes and products. With the growing number of fleets, it became a priority for Trentyre to find a solution that would offer specialist tyre management to deliver optimum tyre solutions,” explains Czyzyk. Innovation is no new thought to Goodyear, the multinational company is celebrating 120 years of existence in 2018, donning the year ‘120 Years of Innovation’. “FleetFirst is a response rather than a reaction. That is what innovation is about,” concluded Czyzyk.

 

THE ADRENALINE-PUMPING NEW MEGANE R.S. IS HERE!

Eagerly awaited by sports driving enthusiasts, the New MÉGANE R.S. can be aptly described in two words - PURE PERFORMANCE: FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE TO DRIVE

New MEGANE R.S. offers the absolute best of the RENAULT SPORT world; DESIGN that talks to performance, with wider tracks and features taken from the world of motorsport; and a dynamic dazzling new exterior colour – Tonic Orange
An enhanced CHASSIS combining performance, agility and stability. With exclusive 4CONTROL technology, strong core components and four hydraulic compression stops.
New Generation ENGINES AND GEARBOXES, with a brand new 1.8-litre turbo engine and a choice of Manual or EDC gearbox.
Next Level R.S. TECHNOLOGY to boost performance and versatility, with unique – and enhanced- R.S. features such as the intuitive and more powerful R.S. Monitor; high-performance R.S.
Vision lighting and Multi-Sense to customise your sports car experience. The introduction of the
exhilarating New MEGANE R.S. CUP & LUX Models completes the already renowned Megane core Model Range, which has been re-shuffled to allow greater accessibility by means of an Expression derivative.
HISTORY IN THE MAKING New MÉGANE R.S. was first
unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2017, and it is
with pride that we now offer this magnificent R.S. Model with our Range. Aiming to become – like its predecessors – a benchmark in the C-segment hot hatch market, this third generation of MÉGANE R.S. is packed full of Renault Sport expertise and passion.
Driven by its powerful design and focused on performance, New MÉGANE R.S. makes no attempt to hide its motorsport pedigree, offering outstanding driving pleasure on the road and on the track.
Enhancements over the previous generation ensure the New MEGANE R.S is unrivalled in its class:
A chassis combining efficiency, agility, stability and comfort, equipped with the 4CONTROL four-wheel steering system and four hydraulic bump stop shock absorbers;
A new generation 1.8-litre turbo engine, delivering 205kW and 390Nm thanks to the development work jointly carried out by engineers from Renault Sport Cars and Renault Sport Racing;
State-of-the-art technological features, such as R.S. Vision and MULTI-SENSE.
Two R.S. Model versions will be available: Megane R.S. CUP Manual and Megane R.S. LUX EDC.
Since the first generation of Mégane R.S. was released in 2003, greater performance and more technology has been a constant, offering improved driving
pleasure without sacrificing the car’s versatility for everyday use.
Launched in 2009, Mégane III R.S. has become a genuine icon.
“We’re proud to have managed to produce a car with improved cornering efficiency, largely due to the introduction of 4CONTROL.
The system improves both agility on tight corners and stability on fast bends, on the road and on the track. Drawing on the brand’s vast motorsport heritage, New Renault MÉGANE R.S. has been designed by people who are passionate about cars for people who love to drive. Its versatility also makes it perfectly suited to everyday use.” Patrice Ratti, Managing Director, Renault Sport Cars.
“After having been involved in the development process during 2017, I’m very proud to be the ambassador for New Renault MÉGANE R.S.
I had the opportunity to drive the car at various racetracks – Monaco, Montlhéry and SpaFrancorchamps – and I was impressed by the efficiency of the latest on-board technologies.
The 4CONTROL system is a dream come true for every driver looking for efficiency, since it improves both the agility and the stability of the car. It’s a shame that four-wheel steering systems are banned in Formula 1!”
Nico Hülkenberg, Renault Sport Formula One Team driver and Renault Sport Cars ambassador.

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