Struan­dale’s Du­ra­torq en­gines go to 148 mar­kets

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FORD has started as­sem­bling the latest-gen­er­a­tion Du­ra­torq TDCi en­gines at its Struan­dale en­gine plant in Port El­iz­a­beth.

These units will power the new Ford Ranger which is due to be launched in South Africa and sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa mar­kets in Oc­to­ber.

The Struan­dale en­gine plant is now pro­duc­ing three dif­fer­ent en­gine vari­a­tions, in­clud­ing the cur­rent Du­ra­torq TDCi unit for se­lected mar­kets and prod­ucts, the up­graded en­gines for the new Ranger, as well as the spe­cially adapted 3,2 en­gine for the Transit. The new Du­ra­torq en­gines — in both 2,2-litre four-cylin­der and 3,2-litre five-cylin­der ca­pac­i­ties — fea­ture a raft of changes that im­prove fuel econ­omy, pro­duce lower emis­sions as well as re­duced noise, vi­bra­tion and harsh­ness to make the top-selling Ranger more ca­pa­ble and ef­fi­cient than be­fore.

Plant man­ager of the Ford Struan­dale en­gine plant John Cameron said ca­pac­ity is up from 75 000 to 110 000 on en­gine assem­bly, and the ma­chin­ing of com­po­nent sets climbs from 208 000 to 265 000 by next year with­out Ford hav­ing had to in­vest in new equip­ment. At the same time, the in­crease in ca­pac­ity has al­lowed the Struan­dale en­gine plant ef­fec­tively to dou­ble its cus­tomer base.

“The Du­ra­torq TDCi en­gines will be used at the Sil­ver­ton assem­bly plant in Pre­to­ria for the lo­cal Ford Ranger, as well at Ford’s Kansas City assem­bly plant for the North Amer­i­can Transit and at Ford’s Chen­nai plant in In­dia and JMC in China,” Cameron states. “This is in ad­di­tion to the ma­chin­ing of com­po­nents for ex­port to the Ford Pacheco plant in Ar­gentina and the AAT fa­cil­ity in Thai­land.”

The new en­gines will also be used in the Ford Rangers as­sem­bled in Nige­ria from semi knock-down kits shipped from the Sil­ver­ton assem­bly plant when the new fa­cil­ity opens in Ikeja later this year. Ford is part­ner­ing with Ford dealer group Coscharis Mo­tors Lim­ited on the pro­ject. In to­tal, South African-built Rangers will be ex­ported to 148 mar­kets in Africa, the Mid­dle East and Europe.

PHOTO: QUICK­PIC

Assem­bly line work­ers at Ford’s en­gine plant in Struan­dale are now mak­ing three de­riv­a­tives of the Du­ra­torq en­gine, which is ex­ported to 148 mar­kets in Africa, the Mid­dle East and Europe.

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