Struandale’s Duratorq engines go to 148 markets
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.
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.