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Ford starts Duratorq production at South African engine plant

ABR Staff Writer Published 29 June 2011

Ford Motor has started production of the new Duratorq TDCi engine at its Struandale engine plant in South Africa.

The production of the new engine is part of a Rand3.4bn ($500m) investment that includes the upgrade and expansion of production facilities at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) engine plant and Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria.

The Struandale engine plant has upgraded and expanded its assembly and machining capabilities and is now capable of producing 75,000 engines and 220,000 engine component kits every year.

The new Duratorq TDCi engines will be equipped in the Ranger pick-ups, built at the Silverton vehicle assembly plant which has also been expanded and is now capable of producing 110,000 vehicles a year.

Ford executive vice president and chief financial officer Lewis Booth said this new diesel engine will help drive the company's transformation in South Africa, and it is a key reason the all-new Ford Ranger pickup truck is a class leader in such a globally competitive segment.

"I am pleased to announce today that this All-New Ford Ranger will be exported from South Africa to 148 markets around the world, solidifying South Africa's role as a key operation in Ford's global manufacturing footprint," Booth said.