Last year there was some rather interesting movement in South Africa's highly competitive bakkie space. The refreshed (and now locally built) Nissan Navara, for instance, sauntered onto the scene and immediately climbed the sales charts. The big-on-value GWM P-Series also made a significant impact, while players such as Mazda's new BT-50 also hit the market, though not with as much sales success.
Ford Figo 1.5 Trend auto The Ford Figo soldiers on in South Africa despite the Blue Oval's focus on crossovers, SUVs and light commercial vehicles in the country. Our pick for this list is the 1.5 Trend auto, priced at R253 600. It offers a smooth Powershift dual-clutch, like the Polo, six-speed automatic gearbox.
Following in the footsteps of the Jeep Wrangler, the Ford Bronco is currently the sweetheart of the aftermarket. Despite production setbacks and quality issues, the Blue Oval has prepared no fewer than six modified Broncos for this year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The Bronco RTR two-door Badlands features a twin-tipped sports exhaust for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost, a performance intake, a sound bar, RCV Performance CV axles, an Ultimate Dana 60 semi-float rear axle, and an Ultimate Dana 44 FDU front axle in true Built Wild fashion.
Ford Motor Company Southern Africa (FMCSA) has formally halted sales of the Fiesta in South Africa, after an announcement made last year. The previously equally popular Figo is poised to follow. The Ford Fiesta, which has been sold in the United Kingdom since 1997 in fourth-generation form, has steadily dropped in popularity since the launch of the seventh generation in 2018, with the discontinuation of the 1.5 TDCi last year being the first sign.
The Ford Sierra RS Cosworth is one of the most iconic performance saloons to ever leave the Blue Oval stable. Ford Europe developed this car with the sole purpose of dominating Group A racing in Europe. Between 1986 and 1992 it absolutely destroyed its competition in the UK, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. The Sierra RS Cosworth was a force to be reckoned with and everyone knew it. The road going versions weren't slouches either and were capable of killing sports cars way above their pay grade. T
For more than four decades, General Motors produced the C/K series of trucks under the Chevrolet and GMC brands. Enough time, presumably, for anyone to settle on a single Detroit automaker. Some people prefer the Blue Oval F-Series over all others. Others are only interested in the Dodge Rams.
We were big fans of the brilliantly silly Ford Ranger Raptor when we first tried it in Morocco last year, so any part of it being used on a ‘lesser’ version of the Blue Oval’s global pick-up sounds like good news on paper. The only thing is, the Raptor component Ford has put into the third-generation Ranger Thunder is one of the few things we weren’t so keen on - the 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine. It felt lethargic in the Raptor, but hopefully, it should feel peppier in the Thunder, given that