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COLOGNE, Germany, June 23, 2015 – For drivers, blind junctions can be a nerve-wracking experience as they slowly inch forward into traffic and strain to see and hear oncoming vehicles.

Now Ford Motor Company is introducing a new camera technology that can see around corners even when drivers cannot – reducing stress and potentially helping avert collisions.

The innovative Front Split View Camera – now available as an option in the all-new Ford S-MAX and Galaxy – displays to the driver a 180-degree view from the front of the car, using a video camera in the grille. At a blind junction or exiting a driveway, the camera enables drivers to easily spoles, pedestrians or cyclists.

“We have all been there and it’s not just blind junctions that can be stressful, sometimes an overhanging tree, or bushes can be the problem,” said Ronny Hause, engineer, Driver Assistance Electronic Systems, Ford of Europe, whose [...]

PRETORIA, South Africa, 1 June 2015 – Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) concluded yet another month of exceptional sales and year-on-year growth in May 2015 – the fifth month in a row of record-breaking volumes.

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Ford achieved total sales of 6 713 units for May, contributing to an impressive 36.7% growth compared to May 2014. For the first five months of 2015, FMCSA’s volumes are up 26% on last year and the Ford brand maintains second spot in industry sales for the second month running, while overall market share is 15.5%*.

“We are delighted with the continued strong demand for Ford products, as well as the record-breaking sales we have experienced every month so far this year,” says Rob Crouse, General Manager of Marketing and Sales at FMCSA.

“This has been driven by our exciting range of new [...]

PRETORIA, South Africa, 30 April, 2015 – Ford’s 2015 Ranger Odyssey has been officially launched, with entries now open for those seeking an action-packed adventure of a lifetime.

The third edition of the annual Ranger Odyssey will see a total of 20 contestants from around Africa navigating through the extremely challenging north-western region of Namibia on a 12-day expedition that will push each person to the limit.

Following last year’s exploration of the Kaokoland in the far north-east corner of Namibia, the new route for 2015 heads north-west and traverses the Damaraland region. The adventure starts off at Spitzkoppe and travels through Palmwag, Khuwarib and the barren and unforgiving Desolation Trail that follows the Huab River to Desolation Valley.

Along with tackling some extreme off-roading, from desert plains to soft river beds and punishing rock trails, the contestants will witness some of the region’s most breathtaking sights. These include a crater in Palmwag that is [...]

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 16 April 2015 –The Ford Struandale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth has opened a brand new Medical/Wellness Centre to better serve its employees in terms of overall health and wellness.

The multi-faceted new clinic located in the administration block was officially opened by Dr Bernd Kaemmerer, Ford of Europe’s Director of Health Service and Shaun Renze, Manager Personnel Services at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA).

The launch was hosted by the management team from the Struandale Engine Plant as well as management from partners Life Occupational Health and Careways.

The new facility offers a comprehty offers a comprehensive range of medical services to employees in association with Life Occupational Health – a partnership that has been in place for the past 18 years. Consultations are provided with the team of on-site nurses led by medical practitioner Dr Bonakele Qabaka, along with a specialised trauma unit and dedicated ambulance to [...]

PRETORIA, South Africa, March 2015 – Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has extended the Fiesta range with the fitment of the award-winning 1.0 EcoBoost engine across a wider range of models, and the addition of a further two 1.0 EcoBoost models equipped with the advanced PowerShift automatic transmission.

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“We have extended the superb 1.0 EcoBoost engine to more models to offer our customers improved performance, lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions,” says Tracey Delate, General Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa.

“The advanced PowerShift automatic transmission is now available across all three specification grades, ensuring that we’re able to satisfy the growing demand for compact automatic models.

“At the same time, we have revised the pricing of the Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost models to make it even more attractive. The Fiesta, therefore, offers even better value for money and makes Ford’s popular B-segment [...]

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BANGKOK, Thailand, Mar. 23, 2015 – Ford unveiled its new tough and smart Ford Ranger today, setting a new benchmark in the pickup truck segment with an uncompromised blend of robust capability, craftsmanship and advanced technology. Starting later this year, an updated range of the truck will take on the world in more than 180 markets worldwide.^

“The new Ford Ranger brings a new level of comfort and refinement to its segment without compromising on the rugged capability that our customers demand,” said Brett Wheatley, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford Asia Pacific. “Imarter kind of tough, and will help our customers to achieve more, whether at work or with their families.”

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Featuring a new look front end, and a stylish, smart and functional new interior, the new Ranger builds upon a reputation of capability, innovation and comfort that has helped the Ranger to stand [...]

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WAYNE, Mich., March 19, 2015 – Ford has hit a new production milestone with its fuel-efficient EcoBoost® engine technology. Late last week, the 5-millionth vehicle with a Ford EcoBoost engine rolled off the assembly line at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan.

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It was just less than three years ago that Ford celebrated production of its 500,000th EcoBoost-equipped vehicle. Now, a Ford Focus equipped with 1.0-liter turbocharged engine represents the 5-millionth Ford EcoBoost engine produced.

EcoBoost was launched in 2009 on Ford Taurus SHO with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. That year, 14,439 EcoBoost engines were manufactured.

In 2010, the first full year of EcoBoost production, 62,704 vehicles with the technology were built.  The 2-millionth EcoBoost engine rolled off the line at Louisville in October 2013.

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Production of the 5-millionth EcoBoost-equipped vehicle coincides with the first full year in which customers can choose EcoBoost-equipped engines on [...]

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 18 March 2015  The Ford Performance team is ready and primed for the exciting first round of the 2015 Donaldson Cross Country championship, which takes place in the Free State town of Harrismith on 27 and 28 March.

The new-look series features just six events, two less than last year, but with an interesting new formula comprising a mix of shorter sprint races, longer endurance events and the marathon race in Botswana.

Kicking off with the RFS Endurance race, competitors will be tackling an almost entirely new route run over a total race distance of 698 km. The action commences with a 196 km qualifying race on the Friday to determine starting positions, followed by two laps of the 251 km main race route on Saturday.

According to the organisers, only 50 km of the route is carried over from last year’s 450 km event, promising a level playing field and action [...]

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Cologne, Germany, Feb. 3, 2015 – Ford today previewed the all-new Ford Focus RS, a high-performance road car that debuts the innovative Ford Performance All-Wheel-Drive,  delivering class-leading cornering speed, thrilling performance and unbridled driving enjoyment.

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The Focus RS – equipped with a speoost engine engineered to produce well in excess of 320 PS – is the latest vehicle to be unveiled as part of a new era of Ford performance that will bring more than 12 performance vehicles to global customers by 2020.

In addition to pleasing enthusiasts, these vehicles help deliver the company’s One Ford plan for profitable growth, product excellence and innovation in every part of its business.

“The all-new Focus RS is a serious machine with high-performance technology and innovative engineering that sets a new benchmark for driving exhilaration on the road and track,” said Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development, [...]

Heinz Wincler and Charl Braai Bruwer from Braai Ve’NOTE was extremely excited to take delivery of their brand new Novel T-Rex Ranger last week. The delivery was a major success with all the other sponsors and our loyal friend and rugby legend Chester Williams. A few photos were taken, conversations and laughter was shared and champagne was popped to celebrate this proud moment. The Novel team is extremely honoured to be one of the sponsors of Braai Ve’Note and we are looking forward to the exciting journey laying ahead. Welcome to the Novel family Heinz and Charl and thank you for all your support!!! View our Gallery for more photos and follow the link below to keep in touch with the Braai Ve’Note team.
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