With the launch of the Ford Figo Freestyle and EcoSport Ambiente Auto, which went on sale earlier in 2020, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) continues to respond to the undeniable change in buying patterns that has seen volumes of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and small crossovers grow. Designed with an active lifestyle in mind, these body styles have risen in demand over the last decade, outnumbering and outperforming the traditional sedan and family hatchback for space, practicality and visual appeal.
As the number of recorded COVID-19 cases continues to climb in South Africa, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has entered its fourth month of producing protective face shields at its Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria.
Ford’s versatile range of Tourneo Custom Bus models has been expanded with the addition of two six-speed automatic derivatives for the first time, which are powered by the latest-generation 2.0-litre Single Turbo engine.
Due to COVID-19 guidelines, more people are cleaning their hands with sanitiser when they get back in their vehicle after essential journeys. This is good for the owner’s health, but it could be bad for the interior. Chemicals like ethanol – which are used in hand sanitisers – can react with interior surfaces, causing them to wear prematurely unless they are protected by special finishes.
Similar to planning trips around weather predictions, drivers of the all-new F-150 and Mustang Mach-E will be able to adjust trips based on traffic forecasts, thanks to another new innovation from TomTom (TOM2), the location technology specialist, which powers Ford’s next-generation Ford SYNC technology navigation system.
The fuel price relaxation during level 5 and level 4 of the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown was barely any consolation for financially-bruised South Africans – with few experiencing the benefits due to the country’s travel restrictions.
Although not a particularly active part of the year for young South African drivers, due to government’s firm Covid-19 restrictions regarding road-travel, Ford’s Driving Skills For Life (DSFL) programme refuses to stop reminding the youth of the importance of driver safety.
A top-level career in motorsport is the dream for many youngsters who aspire to emulate their racing heroes. Although few will ever have the opportunity to realise that dream, Youth Month is the perfect opportunity to profile two-time cross country racing champion Lance Woolridge who is doing just that as one of the stars of the South African Cross Country Series (SACCS).
In support of the wide-ranging conservation and environmental projects backed by the Ford Wildlife Foundation (FWF), Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is distributing 1 100 COVID-19 face shields to 25 partner organisations located across the region.