The Millionth Engine rolls of the assembly line at Volkswagen Group South Africa’s Engine Plant.

The Millionth Engine rolls of the assembly line at Volkswagen Group South Africa’s Engine Plant.

→  Volkswagen Group South Africa’s Engine Plant continues to produce 450 EA111 engines a day for both local and export custom

Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) reached a historical milestone on Monday, 11 June 2018 when it produced its one millionth EA111 engine.

 

Production of the EA111 engine started back in January 2010 when the first engines for the then new Polo and Polo Vivo were produced for the local market which was followed by producing engines for export markets including China, India, Taiwan, Mexico and Malaysia.

 

Apart from assembling the engine locally, the grey cast iron cylinder block for the engine as well as the bearing cap for the block is also machined in-house.

 

“This is the most successful line that we have run in the Engine Plant since it was opened in 1981. It’s still operating flawlessly and at an output performance level far exceeding the initial target,” said Richard Reid, Unit Head: Engine Plant.

 

The foundation of the EA111 engine‘s success is its reliability and fuel economy provided by the strong and flexible design concept that underpins it.  Some 350 000 local customers have taken delivery of a Polo or Polo Vivo since 2010.

 

The production line is designed in such a way that the output capacity can be adjusted without affecting the quality or stability.

 

The Engine Plant is currently producing over 450 engines and just over 470 machined engine blocks per day with a two shift pattern run by 192 operators and setters

 

„ The Engine Plant‘s continued dedication to meeting  the strict quality standards set by the Volkswagen Group and continuous achievement of volume targets is a credit to their great team work.  They are a great example of a team that live our Volkswagen Values of Respect, Integrity, OneTeam and Excellence, “said Thomas Schaefer, Chairman and Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa.

 

The EA111 engine which started production in 2010 is fitted to the latest generation Polo Vivo built in Uitenhage. The EA111 engine is manufactured in two derivatives, namely a 1.4l and 1.6l available with both manual and automatic transmissions.  The EA111 engine continues to be exported to India.

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gennrich@vwsa.co.za

The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team reveals the C37

Hinwil, 20th February 2018 – The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team has launched its new challenger, the C37, ahead of the 2018 Formula 1 championship.

The C37 looks different to last year’s C36 – on one hand, this is due to the new technical regulations, and on the other hand, because of the team’s new technical approach.

As the 2018 season is about to kick off, Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal, says: “I am very much looking forward to the 2018 season, and to seeing Marcus (Ericsson) and Charles (Leclerc) on track. We have put lots of effort and hard work into the C37 over the last few months, and it is fantastic to be launching the new car today. I am convinced that Marcus and Charles form the perfect driver line-up, with one being an experienced driver and one a promising rookie. Marcus is going into his fourth season with us. He is a valuable part of the team, and we benefit from his experience and precise technical feedback. As for Charles, he has proven his talent in prior categories and deserves to be on the Formula 1 grid this season.”

“Our target ahead of 2018 is clear: We have to catch up with the field and continue improving our performance during the course of the season. We have put lots of energy and commitment into the development of the C37. I want to thank our partners and fans for their continuous support. The return of Alfa Romeo to Formula 1 sets another milestone in the team’s history, and I am proud that such a historical brand has chosen us for their return to the sport. We are eager to start the 2018 season as the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team,” Vasseur continues.

Alfa Romeo's comeback restores one of the great names that have gone down in the history of motorsport's premium championship, Formula 1, and marks the return of the “Quadrifoglio”, the legendary badge that has appeared on Alfa Romeo's top performance cars since 1923, to the circuits. Featured on the engine cover of the new C37, the famous good-luck charm has a fascinating history, deeply rooted in the racing world. The first Alfa Romeo car to carry the Quadrifoglio was the “RL” driven by Ugo Sivocci which won the 15th edition of the Targa Florio in 1923. The same good-luck emblem also appeared on Brilli Peri's “P2” when he triumphed in the first "Motor Racing World Championship" in Monza in 1925, gaining the first of Alfa Romeo's five World Titles, and it was present again in 1950 and 1951, when Giuseppe “Nino” Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio drove the Alfa Romeo 158 and 159 cars, the famous “Alfettas”, to success in the first two Formula 1 World Championships.

Jeep partners with hot 91.9 fm’s hot cares programme

Midrand, South Africa - Robin van Rensburg, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa (FCASA), handed the keys of a Jeep Renegade to Lloyd Madurai, Managing Director of Hot 91.9fm. Jeep has become the official vehicle sponsor to the Hot Cares initiative by supplying a Jeep Renegade to the team to assist with their logistics and transportation.

The award winning Hot 91.9fm through their Hot Cares programme has provided much needed assistance and support to those in need within the community in the areas of education, training, medical, housing, feeding programmes and individual financial assistance. Hot Cares, makes a meaningful difference in the lives of those around and partnering with them affords FCA the opportunity to be a part of the positive impact within our own community. The versatile and capable Jeep Renegade is a perfect fit for this partnership, whether you're heading out on the town thanks to its manoeuvrability or exploring new trails thanks to its off-road capabilities. The Renegade is ready, willing and able.

"We hope that with FCA's support, Hot 91.9fm through their Hot Cares programme,  can continue to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those around us," said van Rensburg.

About FCA Group

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the seventh-largest automaker in the world, designs, engineers, manufactures and sells passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, components and production systems worldwide.

The Group's automotive brands are: Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Abarth, Fiat Professional, Jeep and Mopar, the parts and service brand. In addition, the Group provides retail and dealer finance, leasing and rental services in support of the car business through subsidiaries, joint ventures and commercial agreements with specialised financial services providers.

FCA South Africa has a dealer network in South Africa responsible for the sales and service of all FCA brands, whilst also having representation in seven countries within the East African territory.

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Media enquiries:
Lesley Sutton | Public Relations Manager | Chrysler South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Mail: lesley.sutton@fcagroup.com | Tel: +27 10 252 5068 | Mobile: +27 82 570 7711

Ford unleashes first-ever Ranger Raptor

Bangkok – The first-ever Ranger Raptor, Ford’s new off-road, performance pick-up truck, blasted out from behind its camouflage during an reveal event in Thailand today.

The ultimate Ranger is purposefully designed, built and tested to set a benchmark as the only factory-built performance truck across Asia Pacific. Designed by Ford Performance team for the true enthusiast off-roader, Ford Ranger Raptor strengthens Ford’s commitment to deliver “Built Ford Tough” pickup trucks to customers in Asia Pacific.

Chief engineer of Ford Performance said:  “We are so excited and proud to unleash this vehicle to the public, driving it really makes you feel like a hero.

“The Ford Performance team is excited to extend the Raptor name from our flagship off-road performance F-150 to Ranger. Just like the F-150 Raptor, the Ranger Raptor builds upon the core capability of the range of vehicles it comes from and carries the unmistakable Ford Performance DNA appearance.”

Bold Design

The Ranger Raptor features distinctive design cues inside and out that are functionally driven.

At the front, a stunning new grille takes styling cues from the world’s first factory-built high performance off road truck, the F-150 Raptor. The iconic block 'Ford' lettering proudly positioned within the grille design is unmistakable when emerging from a dust cloud.

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