Ford ahead

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Sales of the Ranger 3.2 dou­ble cab XLT 4x4 Fx4 has ex­ceeded Ford’s wildest ex­pec­ta­tions, and the com­pany re­cently de­cided to roll out this spe­cial edi­tion – which was ini­tially only go­ing to be avail­able in lim­ited num­bers – to the rest of the XLT dou­ble cab model range, in­clud­ing the 2.2 and 3.2 man­ual and auto. You can now also get your hands on a 2.2 man­ual XLT with a pitch black sticker on the bon­net. Also a black grille, fog light cov­ers, 17” rims, roll bar, side mir­rors, roof racks, rear bumper and door han­dles – all black just like a “real” Fx4. All the dif­fer­ent va­ri­ety Fx4 Rangers also have an op­tional polyurethane coat­ing – yes, black – in the load bin to pro­tect the metal. This lin­ing was pre­vi­ously seen on the Ford F150 and was de­vel­oped in 2008 in Kansas City in the States. Ford’s gen­eral war­ranty of 120 000 km and four years is also valid for the coat­ing, and if it starts show­ing scratches you can take your Fx4 to your near­est Ford dealer for re­pairs. An­other new ad­di­tion is park­ing sen­sors on the front bumper on all XLT mod­els. This is par­tic­u­larly handy in park­ing ar­eas and camp­sites where low walls or posts of­ten hide be­hind the Ranger’s huge bon­net. In other Ford news: The man­u­fac­turer’s Struan­dale plant in Port El­iz­a­beth man­u­fac­tured their 500 000th Du­ra­torq TDCi en­gine in De­cem­ber 2017. Since the plant opened it doors in 1964, more than 3,3 million en­gines have been built here. The plant sup­plies en­gines to lo­cal ve­hi­cles and also ex­ports to China, the USA, Thai­land, and Aus­tralia. This plant is so im­por­tant to the Ford group that it re­ceived a cash in­jec­tion of three bil­lion rand to help with fur­ther growth. >

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