Ford South Africa has announced that the last unit of the current-generation Ranger has, after 11 years, rolled off its Silverton assembly plant in Pretoria, making way for the production of the new iteration. In total, the local arm of the Blue Oval brand has produced 873 751 of the current-generation model of its popular bakkie. Of this figure, Ford SA says 271 000 units were sold in SA, with the remaining models shipped to customers worldwide. 

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“Our locally assembled Ford Ranger has been a huge success in South Africa and internationally, having completely redefined the pick-up segment when it was launched in 2011, and it continued to set benchmarks over the ensuing 11 years,” said Ockert Berry, VP of operations at Ford South Africa. “[The] Ranger not only placed South Africa on the map as a global production and export hub but also played an important role in expanding the domestic automotive manufacturing sector.”

With the local production of the next-generation Ranger in sight, in 2021, the firm invested R15.8 billion into the plant. That brings Ford SA’s total investment to “more than” R27 billion (since 2009). The automaker says the modernised facilities have sustained the production of the current-generation model while ramping up the installed capacity of the Silverton plant, which is now capable of producing 200 000 vehicles per year.

“The latest investment program and imminent launch of the Next-Gen Ranger represents a major leap forward for us, not only due to the higher volumes but also by virtue of the state-of-the-art technologies and quality controls that have been introduced throughout our production facilities,” said Tim Day, Plant Manager of the Silverton Assembly Plant. “We’re looking forward to getting our Next-Gen Rangers to our eager customers soon and continuing to build the proud legacy for Ranger in South Africa and around the world.”